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 83.Infanterie-Division by Jason Pipes
Unit Emblems

                  

Lineage


Traditions


Absorbed


Mobilized

6th mobilization wave

Campaigns

  • Western Campaign 1940
  • Western Front 1940-1941
  • Eastern Front 1942-1945

    Notable Points

  • IR 277 was destroyed in the seige and encirclement of Velikiye Luki
  • Division fought in Kurland and was later withdrawn by sea
  • IR 257 was destroyed in the seige and encirclement of Graudenz
  • Transfered by sea again to Pillau where remnants fought to the last

    Nicknames


    Fate

    Anniliated in Pillau by the Soviets in late April 1945. Shattered remnants made a desperate final stand on the harbor mole jutting into the Baltic Sea.

    History


    Organization

    1940
    Infanterie-Regiment 251
    Infanterie-Regiment 257
    Infanterie-Regiment 277
    Artillerie-Regiment 183
    Radfahr-Schwadron 183
    Panzerjäger-Abteilung 183
    Pioniere-Batallion 183
    Nachrichten-Abteilung 193
    Inf.Div.Nachschubführer 183

    In January of 1943 Grenadier-Regiment 277 was destroyed in the seige and encirclement of Velikiye Luki. The remnants not lost in this battle were reorganized into Grenadier-Regiment 257 and in February Grenadier-Regiment 547 formerly of the 328.Infanterie-Division was absorbed.

    1943
    Grenadier-Regiment 257
    Grenadier-Regiment 547
    Artillerie-Regiment 183
    Panzerjäger Abteilung 183
    Pionier-Batallion 183
    Fusilier-Batallion 83
    Nachrichten-Abteilung 183
    Inf.Div.Nachschubführer 183
    Feldersatz-Batallion 183

    In February of 1944 Grenadier-Regiment 547 was removed from the Division
    1945
    Grenadier-Regiment 251
    Grenadier-Regiment 257
    Grenadier-Regiment 277
    Artillerie-Regiment 183
    Panzerjäger Abteilung 183
    Pionier-Batallion 183
    Fusilier-Batallion 83
    Nachrichten-Abteilung 183
    Div.Versorgungs-Regiment 183
    Feldersatz-Batallion 183

    Grenadier-Regiment 412 formerly of the 227.Infanterie-Division was absorbed a short time after Grenadier-Regiment 257 was lost in the siege of Graudenz.

    Commanders


    Knights Cross Holders



    War Service

    Dates
    Korps
    Armee
    Armeegrupp
    Area
    5.40 Reserve OKH Herford
    6.40 XXXXIV 6. Armee B Frankreich
    7.40 Reserve 9. Armee A Frankreich
    8.40-2.41 on Leave WK XI
    3.41-4.41 XXVIII 6. Armee D Frankreich
    5.41 XXV 7. Armee D Frankreich
    6.41-12.41 LX 15. Armee D Frankreich
    1.42 Reserve OKH Malkinia
    2.42 Reserve 3. Pz. Armee Mitte Welish
    3.42-10.42 LIX 3. Pz. Armee Mitte Welish
    11.42 II. Lw. Gruppe Chevalier Mitte Weliki-Luki
    12.42 LIX Mitte Weliki-Luki
    1.43 Reserve 9. Armee Mitte Newel
    2.43-3.43- VI 9. Armee Mitte Newel
    4.43-6.43 VI 3. Pz. Armee Mitte Newel
    7.43 Reserve Mitte Newel
    8.43-9.43 XXXXIII 3. Pz. Armee Mitte Newel
    10.43-1.44 XXXXIII 16. Armee Nord Newel
    2.44 VI. SS 16. Armee Nord Newel
    3.44 (Kgr.) X 16. Armee Nord Ostrow, Opotschka
    4.44 (Kgr.) VI. SS 16. Armee Nord Ostrow, Opotschka
    5.44-6.44 L 16. Armee Nord Ostrow, Opotschka
    7.44-9.44 XXXVIII 18. Armee Nord Lettland
    10.44 XXXXVIII 18. Armee Nord Lettland
    11.44 XXXVIII Kleffel Nord Kurland
    12.44 Tomaschki 18. Armee Nord Kurland
    1.45 Reforming Thorn
    2.45-3.45 (partial) XXIII 2. Armee Weichsel Westpreußen
    2.45-3.45 (Stab) Festung Graudenz
    4.45 Hela Ostpreußen Hela

    Bibliography



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