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9.Volksgrenadier-Division

Unit Emblems


9.Volksgrenadier-Division Emblem  

Lineage


  • Wehrgauleitung Kassel
  • Infanterieführer V
  • 9.Infanterie-Division
  • 9.Volksgrenadier-Division

Campaigns


  • Western Front 1945

History


The 9.Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in October, 1944 from Schatten-Division Dennewitz and the very few available remains of the original 9.Infanterie-Division.

As part of General der Panzertruppe Erich Brandenberger's 7.Armee, LIII.Armee-korps, the 9.Volksgrenadier-Division participated in the failed Ardennes offensive of December 1944, heavily engaged in the rear-guard fight against American forces in Luxembourg, and then later in southern Germany.

In April, 1945 the decimated 9.Volksgrenadier-Division consisted merely of the divisional commander and his HQ staff whom were seconded to the also exhausted 352.Volksgrenadier-Division as part of XIII.SS-Armeekorps.

The last men of the 9.Volksgrenadier-Division surrendered to the Americans at Nuremberg on April 30, 1945.

Organization


1945
Grenadier-Division 36
Grenadier-Division 57
Grenadier-Division 116
Artillerie-Regiment 9
9th Divisional Support Units

As a general rule, formations which were refitted as Volksgrenadier units took on the Volksgrenaider naming conventions. i.e. - 36, 57, and 116 Infanterie-Regimenter of the former 9.Infanterie-Division became Volksgrenadier-Regiment 36, Volksgrenadier-Regiment 57, and Volksgrenadier-Regiment 116 respectively. Integral divisonal components such as Artillerie-Regiment 9 became Volks-Artillerie-Regiment 9, and so on, although in the case of the 9.Volksgrenaider-Division, the units of the division took on only the name of Grenadier.

Knights Cross Holders



War Service


Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
11.44-12.44 BdE Esbjerg Esbjerg (Denmark)
1.45-2.45 LIII 7. Armee B Western Ardennen
3.45 XIII 7. Armee B Western Trier
4.45 (Stab only) XIII. SS 1. Armee G Western Franken

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)