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717.Infanterie-Division

Unit Emblems


717.Infanterie-Division Emblem  

Lineage


  • 717.Infanterie-Division

Traditions


  • None

Campaigns


  • Balkans 1941-1943

History


The 717.Infanterie-Division was formed on the 11th of April, 1941 from units of the Replacement Army in Wehrkreis XVII. This unit, like its sister Division, the 718.Infanterie-Division was destined to serve in the Balkan region, mainly against the partisans and also as a training and occupation unit. This unit, like the others of the 700-designations, was populated with at least half its ranks consisting of over-aged men with little experience. Many of the officers only had experience from WWI! The unit also consisted of two regiments instead of three as with most Infanterie-Divisionen of the period, and it was lacking its share of motorized vehicles and heavy weapons.

After formation the 717.Infanterie-Division was transfered to Yugoslavia where it first saw service in various security and anti-partisan operations. It fought in the Kozara Plains, and also took part in Unternehmen Weiß 1 and Unternehmen Weiß 2. It fought in the region south of Una in Bosnia, and later took part in defensive operations to protect the Bauxite region around Mostar, Livno and Prozor. The 717.Infanterie-Division also took part in security operations in the line Gorica-Uzdol-Herl and in the region of Triscani-Solakovakula.

In March of 1943 the 717.Infanterie-Division was transformed into the 117.Jäger-Division.

Organization


1941
Infanterie-Regiment 737
Infanterie-Regiment 749
Artillerie-Abteilung 670
Pionier-Kompanie 717
Nachrichten-Kompanie 717

Knights Cross Holders


No KC holders for this unit

War Service


Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
5.41 Forming in WK XVII BdE
6.41 XI 2. Armee Yugoslavia
7.41-3.42 LXV 12. Armee Serbien
4.42-1.43 Befh. Serbien 12. Armee Serbien
2.43 Befh. Kroatien 12. Armee Kroatien
3.43 Befh. Kroatien E Kroatien

Bibliography


  • Die deutschen Infanterie-Divisonen, Band 1-3, by Werner Haupt
  • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
  • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen... der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Band 1-4, by Schmitz/Thies
  • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS..., Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
  • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
  • Die Deutsche Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Ihre Kommando. u. Grossverbände... im Zweiten Weltkrieg, author unknown
  • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown
  • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Suchdienst, Divisionsschicksale, author unknown
  • Reforging the Iron Cross, The Search for Tradition..., by Donald Abenheim
  • The German Infantry Handbook 1939-1945, by Alex Buchner
  • German Army Order of Battle: The Replacement Army 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
  • German Army Order of Battle: Field Army and Officer Corps 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
  • Hitler's Legions, by Samuel Mitcham
  • German Order of Battle World War II, Vol I, by George Nafziger
  • German Order of Battle 1944, author unknown