German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945
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.
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