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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

3.Infanterie-Division (mot)

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3.Infanterie-Division (mot) Emblem  


  • Wehrgauleitung Frankfurt
  • Kommandant von Frankfurt
  • 3.Infanterie-Division
  • 3.Infanterie-Division (mot)


  • Eastern Front 1941-1943


The 3.Infanterie-Division (mot) was formed in October, 1940 from the 3.Infanterie-Division.

As a Motorized Division, the 3rd took part in the Campaign against the Soviet Union in the Northern sector of the Front, advancing against the Russian city of Leningrad. Later, it was moved south to advance against Moscow. It then fought in defensive battles against the 1st Soviet Winter Counter-Offensive in the outskirts of Moscow.

Later, the 3rd was shifted south again, this time to the Southern Front to take part in the battles across the Ukraine and Don regions. The 3.Infanterie-Division (mot) then advanced into the Stalingrad region where it was encircled and destroyed by the Soviets in late 1942 and early 1943.

The division was reformed in the Spring of 1943 from the few remaining pieces of the 3.Infanterie-Division (mot) and from the 386.Infanterie-Division (mot) as the 3.Panzergrenadier-Division.


3.Infanterie (mot) when formed:
Infanterie-Regiment 8 (mot)
Infanterie-Regiment 29 (mot)
Artillerie-Regiment 3
Kradschutzen-Battalion 53
Aufkalrung-Abteilung 53
3rd Divisonal Support Units

3.Infanterie (mot) when reformed:
Infanterie-Regiment 8 (mot)
Infanterie-Regiment 29 (mot)
Panzer-Abteilung 103
Panzer-Aufkalrung-Abteilung 103
Artillerie-Regiment 3 (mot)
Heeres-Flak-Abteilung 312
3rd Divsional Support Units

Knights Cross Holders

War Service

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
11.40 - 4.41 XXXXVI 11. Armee C Home
5.41 - 6.41 LVI 3. Panzergruppe Home
7.41 - 8.41 LVI 4. Panzergruppe Nord Ostrov, Luga
9.41 LVI 16. Armee Nord Demjansk
10.41 LVII 4. Panzergruppe Mitte Roslavl, Juchnov
11.41 LVII 4. Armee Mitte Moscow
12.41 XX 4. Armee Mitte Moscow
1.42 VII 4. Pz. Armee Mitte Gshatsk
2.42 IX 4. Pz. Armee Mitte Vyasma
3.42 - 4.42 V 4. Pz. Armee Mitte Vyasma
5.42 Refitting OKH Mitte Orscha
6.42 Reserve Süd Orscha
7.42 XXIV 4. Pz. Armee Süd Voronesh
8.42 XXIV 6. Armee B Stalingrad
9.42 - 11.42 XIV 6. Armee B Stalingrad
12.42 - 2.43 XIV 6. Armee Don Stalingrad
3.43 - 5.43 Reforming D Pyrenäen

German 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

English Bibliography (Available on Amazon)