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 719.Infanterie-Division by Jason Pipes
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  • 719.Infanterie-Division

    Traditions

  • None

    Absorbed


    Mobilized


    Campaigns

  • Western Occupation 1941-1944
  • Western Front 1944-1945

    Notable Points


    Nicknames


    Fate


    History

    The 719.Infanterie-Division was formed on the 3rd of May, 1941 as a unit of the Replacement Army. In June of 1941, after formation, the unit was transfered for occupation service to the Netherlands where it served until being transfered to the region of Antwerp on September 7th, 1944, in preperation for the defense the approaching Allied forces.

    After being transfered to Antwerp the Division took part in defensive fighting for Fort Merxem on the Mass-Schelde Canal in the region of Merxplas at Beerendrecht. Later it fought defensive actions in the regions of Woensdrecht and Breda.

    In the end of November 1944, the Division was shifted to the area of Saarpfalz where it fought in defensive combat in the region of Oeting at Saarlautern, near Saargemünd-Forbach and lastly in the fighting withdrawl through the Pfalz region to the Rhine River where it was destroyed in April of 1945.

    Some sources indicate that Division Nr. 405 was reformed as the 719.Infanterie-Division in April of 1945. It is not known if this formation took place or not. If it did, the new 719.Infanterie-Division would have been woefully under-manned and hardly worth mentioning as a combat unit in the last bitter days of fighting agaist the Western Allies in April of 1945.

    Organization

    1941
    Infanterie-Regiment 723
    Infanterie-Regiment 743
    Artillerie-Abteilung 663
    Aufklärungs-Kompanie 719
    Panzerjäger-Kompanie 719
    Pionier-Kompanie 719
    Nachrichten-Kompanie 719

    1944
    Grenadier-Regiment 723
    Grenadier-Regiment 743
    Grenadier-Regiment 766
    Artillerie-Regiment 1719
    Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 719
    Panzerjäger-Abteilung 719
    Pionier-Bataillon 719
    Nachrichten-Abteiliung 719
    Sanitäts-Abteilung 719
    Feldersatz-Bataillon 719

    Commanders


    Knights Cross Holders



    War Service

    Dates
    Korps
    Armee
    Armeegrupp
    Area
    5.41 Forming in WK III BdE
    6.41-6.42 Kdr. d. Dt. Truppen Niederlande Doordrecht
    7.42-4.44 LXXXVIII Niederlande D Doordrecht
    5.44-8.44 LXXXVIII Niederlande B Doordrecht
    9.44 LXXXVIII 1. Fsch. Armee B Antwerpen
    10.44-11.44 LXVII 15. Armee B Netherlands
    12.44 Reserve 15. Armee H Netherlands
    1.45 Reorganizing
    2.45-3.45 LXXXV 1. Armee G Saarpfalz
    4.45 Assignment unknown

    Bibliography



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  • Reforging the Iron Cross, The Search for Tradition..., by Donald Abenheim
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