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719.Infanterie-Division

Unit Emblems


              

Lineage


  • 719.Infanterie-Division

Traditions


  • None

Campaigns


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

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

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

  • 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