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WW2 German 9.Fallschrim-Jäger-Division


Lineage

  • 9.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division

Campaigns

  • Eastern Front 1945

History

This division was ordered formed on 9.24.44, but formation was cancelled on 10.25.44. Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 9 formed for the planned division was instead transferred to the Heer 85.Infanterie-Division on 1.02.45.

The division was reformed between December 1944 and February 1945 in the Stettin area from various regular and ad-hoc units.

In late February 1945 II./FJR.25 and III./FJR.26 were flown into Festung Breslau and they were removed from the division. Both units fought to the end in Festung Breslau, those few survivors ending the war in Soviet hands. The rest of the 9.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division saw combat in the Stargard-Dramburg area along the Eastern Front, and it was later refreshed in the Prenzlau area in March of 1945. It was to have absorbed elements of the 2.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division by 3.23.45, but this was apparently cancelled. On 4.08.45 the division still had 11,600 men while in the Berlin area.

The division was thrown into brutal and fierce combat in the region of the Order Front where it was pounded by the Soviets. What was left of it was finally pushed into Berlin where it fought to the last at the Humboldthain Flakturm. The division finally surrendered to the Russians when Berlin fell between April 30th and May 2nd, 1945.

Organization

General Composition
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 25
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 26
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 27
Fallschirm-Panzer-Jäger (Zerstörer)-Abteilung 9
Fallschirm-Artillerie-Regiment 9
Fallschirm-Flak-Abteilung 9
Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 9
Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 9
Fallschirm-Feldersatz-Bataillon 9
Kommandeur der Fallschirm-Jäger-Division Nachschubtruppen 9

Commanders

GenLt. Gustav Wilke 9.24.44 - 3.02.45
Gen. Bruno Bräuer 3.02.45 - 4.18.45
Oberst Harry Herrmann 4.19.45 - 5.02.45

War Service

Date Higher HQ Location
2.45 stellv. II. AK / AOK.11 Stargard
3.45 stellv. II. AK / PzAOK.3 Stettin, Prenzlau
4.45 XI. SS / AOK.9 Bridgehead Küstrin
5.45 LVI. AK Zechlin, Gusow, Berlin area