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8.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division


Campaigns

Western Front 1945

History

This division was ordered formed on 9.24.44 (with FJR.22, 23, and 24), but the formation was cancelled on 10.15.44 and FJR.23 went to the 2.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division, and the Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung was transferred to the Heer on 1.02.45.

The division was reformed in January 1945, at Köln-Wahn from various ad-hoc units. The division was refreshed on 3.15.45 at Wesel, by order of Oberbefehlshaber West. The division fought in the defense of the Reichswald and opposed the British Rhine crossing at Rees, and later surrendered in the Ruhr-pocket.

Organization

General Composition
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 22
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 24
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 32
Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 8
Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 8
Fallschirm-Feldersatz-Bataillon 8
Kommandeur der Fallschirm-Jäger-Division Nachschubtruppen 8

On 2.20.45 Luftwaffen-Festungs-Bataillon XXVII was absorbed by the division.

Commanders

GenMaj. Walter Wadehn 1.06.45 - 5.05.45

War Service

Date Higher HQ Location
2.45 - 3.45 II. FsAK / Fs.AOK.1 Nijmegen, Kleve, Menzelen, Wesel
4.45 II. FsAK / Fs.AOK.1 Ems, Weser, Ruhr-pocket