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61.Infanterie-Division Emblem  


The 61.Infanterie-Division was formed on August 8th, 1939 in Insterburg as a training division of Wehrkries I through Artillerie-Kommandeur 1.

The 61.Infanterie-Division fought in the Polish Campaign in 1939, launching across the German border from East Prussia on September 1st, 1939 under the control of I.Armee-Korps, 3.Armee, Armeegruppe Nord. The Division crossed the German-Polish border very near Soldau, and headed south towards Mlawa, where it encountered heavy fighting against determined Polish defenders. From the 1st to the 5th of September, the 61.Infanterie-Division was engaged in fighting north of Mlawa. After the Poles were finally thrown back, the 61st headed south-east towards the Narew River, which it forced its was across near Pultusk on the 7th-8th. On the 9th of September the Division was located between the Narew and Bug Rivers. Around the 11th, the Division fought its way across the Bug River near Kamienczky, and headed south towards the region of Minsk Mazowiecki and Rembertow. Shortly there-after, begining around the 18th, the Division moved west towards Warsaw where it took part in the siege of its Polish defenders. From the 18th of September until the total capitulation of the Poles, the 61st remained at Warsaw on defensive, security and mopping-up operations against the Poles.

In May of 1940, the Division participated in the battle for France. In was transferred to the Eastern Front in the summer of 1941, under Heeresgruppe Nord.

In January of 1944, the 61.Infantrie-Division distinguished itself in battle during the German withdrawal from the Leningrad region. During the summer of 1944, the unit was transferred to Heeresgruppe Mitte. In January of 1945, the division participated in the defenses of East Prussia.

Knights Cross Holders

War Service

Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
9.39 I 3. Armee Nord Nordpolen
12.39 XVI 6. Armee B Köln
1.40 IV 6. Armee B Köln
5.40 Reserve 6. Armee B Belgien
6.40 Reserve OKH Dünkirchen
7.40-8.40 XI 4. Armee B Bretagne
9.40-10.40 XI 6. Armee C Bretagne
11.40 XI 6. Armee D Bretagne
12.40-1.41 XXV 6. Armee D Bretagne
2.41 Reserve 18. Armee B Ostpreußen
3.41 I 18. Armee B Ostpreußen
4.41 XXVI 18. Armee B Ostpreußen
5.41 XXVI 18. Armee C Ostpreußen
6.41-7.41 XXVI 18. Armee Nord Memel, Riga
8.41-10.41 XXXXII 18. Armee Nord Reval, Baltic Inseln
11.41 Reserve 18. Armee Nord Reval, Baltic Inseln
12.41 XXXIX 16. Armee Nord Tichwin
1.42 XXXIX 16. Armee Nord Wolchow
2.42-10.42 I 18. Armee Nord Wolchow
11.42-1.43 XXVIII 18. Armee Nord Wolchow
2.43 XII 18. Armee Nord Wolchow
3.43-8.43 XXVIII 18. Armee Nord Wolchow
9.43-12.43 XXVI 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
1.44 XXVI 18. Armee Nord Oranienbaum
2.44 LIV 18. Armee Nord Kingisepp
3.44 LIV Narwa Nord Narwa
4.44 Reserve Narwa Nord Narwa
5.44 XXXXIII Narwa Nord Narwa
6.44 Reserve Narwa Nord Narwa
7.44 II 16. Armee Nord Dünaburg
8.44-9.44 XXVIII 18. Armee Nord Walk
10.44 XXXIX 18. Armee Nord Kurland

German Bibliography

  • 61. Infanterie-Division, Kampf und Opfer ostpreußischer Soldaten, by Walther Hubatsch
  • Die 61. Infanterie-Division 1939-1945, Ein Bericht in Wort und Bild, by Walther Hubatsch
  • 61. Infanterie-Division, Die Deutschen Division 1939-1945, by Walther Hubatsch
  • Abgesang 1945, Funker beim Infanterie-Regiment 151 , by Erhard Steiniger
  • 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)