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93.Infanterie-Division

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93.Infanterie-Division Emblem  

History


The 93.Infanterie-Division was formed in the fall of 1939 and did not take part in the Campaign against Poland. In the spring and early summer of 1940, the division was located along the Maginot Line near Saarbrucken. On about June 15th, 1940, the 93.Infanterie-Division launched its attack in the area South of Saarbrücken, against the Maginot Line, where it then broke through. Thereafter, the division continued its advance across the River Seille and the River Meurthe, advancing south where it ended near the region of the River Moselle between Nancy and Epinal on June 25th, 1940.

After the Campaign against France, the 93.Infanterie-Division was stationed along the French coast until it was transfered to the Eastern Front under Army Group North for the Invasion of the Soviet Union in June of 1941. The division fought heavily during the drive on Leningrad, and then in the subsequent defensive battles against the Soviet Winter Counter-attacks against the German lines in the North.

In August of 1942, the 271.Infanterie-Regiment was given the title "Feldherrnhalle" due to the majority of SA members within its ranks and in honor of the outstanding performance it had so far displayed during the Campaign in France and against the Soviet Union.

In the Summer of 1943, the 93.Infanterie-Division was transfered to Poland for rest and refitting, and while there, the 271.Infanterie-Regiment "Feldherrnhalle" was removed from the division and used to help reform the new 60.Panzergrenadier-Division "Feldherrnhalle", itself reformed from the remains of the 60.Infanterie-Division which had been lost in Stalingrad.

The division was then once again transfered back the area of Army Group North where it helped to take part in the desperate battles to maintain the siege against Leningrad against fierce Soviet pressure. The 93.Infanterie was then pushed back along with the rest of Army Group North during the progressive defensive battles throught the Baltic region, where it ended up in the Kurland Pocket, trapped with rest of the now renamed Army Group North as Army Group Kurland.

Evacuated from the pocket, the division was sent via the Baltic Sea to Samland in Eastern Prussia where it was later destroyed by the Soviets in March of 1945.

Organization


1939
Infanterie-Regiment 270
Infanterie-Regiment 271
Infanterie-Regiment 272
Artillerie-Regiment 193
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 193
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 193
Pioniere-Abteilung 193
Nachrichten-Abteilung 193

Infanterie-Regiment 271 was given the title "Feldherrnhalle" because the unit consisted of a large number of troops from the SA. Infanterie-Regiment 271 "Feldherrnhalle" was later used to help reform a new unit, the 60.Panzergrenadier-Division "Feldherrnhalle", which was being reformed from the remains of the 60.Infanterie-Division (mot) that had been destroyed in Stalingrad.

1943
Grenadier-Regiment 270
Grenadier-Regiment 272
Grenadier-Regiment 273
Artillerie-Regiment 193
Fusilier-Abteilung 91

Infanterie-Regiment 273 was added to the the division a short time after Infanterie-Regiment 271 was removed.

Knights Cross Holders



War Service


Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
12.39 Reserve 1. Armee C Saarpfalz
1.40 XXX 1. Armee C Saarpfalz
5.40 XII 1. Armee C Saarpfalz
6.40 XXX 1. Armee C Maginotlinie, Epinal
7.40 Reserve BdE Heimat
8.40-2.41 on Leave WK III
3.41 Reserve 9. Armee A Frankreich
4.41 XXXII 9. Armee A Frankreich
5.41-6.41 XXXII 15. Armee D Frankreich
7.41 Reserve OKH Nord Nordrußland
8.41-4.42 XXVI 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
5.42-10.42 XXVIII 18. Armee Nord Wolchow, Cholm
11.42-2.43 Tiemann 16. Armee Nord Welikije Luki
3.43-12.43 II 16. Armee Nord Lowat, Cholm
1.44-4.44 II 16. Armee Nord Cholm, Pleskau
5.44-6.44 VI. SS 16. Armee Nord Opotschka
7.44 L 18. Armee Nord Lettland
8.44-10.44 Kleffel 16. Armee Nord Kurland (Mitau)
11.44-12.44 VI. SS 16. Armee Nord Kurland (Mitau)
1.45 VI. SS 16. Armee Nord Kurland
2.45-3.45 IX Samland Nord Samland
4.45 IX Ostpreußen Hela

German Bibliography


  • Der Weg der 93. Infanterie-Division, by 
  • Der Einsatz der 93. Infanterie-Division im Westen 1939-1940, by Dieter Bettinger
  • 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)