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The 60.Infanterie-Division was formed after the Campaign against Poland had ended. It was formed mainly from elements of Kampfgruppe Eberhardt which consisted of various SA units and organizations that had fought in the Danzig, Hela, Oxhöft, and Westerplatte area of Poland. After the Campaign had ended, Kamfgruppe Eberhardt was formed into the 60.Infanterie-Division, and was completed on January 26th, 1940 at the Gross-Born Training Grounds.

After formation and training had been completed, the 60.Infanterie-Division was posted to the Western Front along the Maginot Line near Sarrbrücken. Soon after the Campaign against the West had begun, in mid-June of 1940, the division launched its attack against the Maginot Line and then broke though, pushing its way to the area of Moselle, where it ended the Campaign against France. The division remained in France as an occupation division until the 17th of July, 1940, when the division was renamed as the 60.Infanterie-Division (mot).

Knights Cross Holders

No KC holders for this unit

War Service

Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
5.40 Reserve OKH St. Ingbert
6.40 XXIV 1. Armee C Lothringen
7.40-10.40 Reorganization BdE Groß-Born


  • 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