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Grenadier-Regiment 980

by Brad Hubbard

Lineage

Grenadier-Regiment 980 began as Inf.Rgt.348 of the 216.Inf.Div., and sometime in 1942 the designation changed to Grenadier-Regiment 348. On December 16th, 1943 the division was rebuilt as the 272.Inf.Div. and Grenadier-Regiment 348 became Grenadier-Regiment 980. When the 272.Inf.Div was again rebuilt, this time as the 272.Volks.Gren,.Div., Grenadier-Regiment 980 retained its designation and ended WWII as such.

Traditions


The 216.Inf.Div and 272.Inf.Div were known as Niedersächsische Infanterie Divisions. Originally all recruiting was done from this area of Germany giving these units a purely Niedersachsen flavor, as indicated by the unit symbol of this Regiments parent units.

Campaigns

  • Western Campaign 1940
  • Eastern Front 1941-1943
  • Western Front 1944-1945

History


After surviving the campaign in Russia for 3 years, the newly-formed Grenadier-Regiment 980 spent the first half of 1944 doing relatively quiet occupation duty on the Spanish-French border. Immediately following the Normandy Invasion, the unit was packed up and shipped via train to the front. Constant Allied air-attacks killed and wounded many of the Regiments horses as well as personnel and anti-tank equipment. GR980 arrived on the front July 13th, 1944, and went immediately into battle. They fought alongside units such as the 1.SS, 2.SS, and to a great degree 12.SS-HJ. GR980 was often praised for their action in battle although they were not seen as an elite unit. After having participated in heavy action around Caen GR980 was eventually caught in the Falaise Pocket. Those who survived escaped to the north under continual harassment from the French resistance. GR980 later fought in the Hürtgen forest, specifically around Schmidt, Kesternich, and the Kall trail. When pushed back to the Remagen bridgehead, they were assigned to defend a town Hitler had designated a "fortress". The unit came into American control when WWII ended in May of 1945.

Organization


1944
1.Kompanie (light infantry)
2.Kompanie (light infantry)
3.Kompanie (light infantry)
4.Kompanie (light infantry)
5.Kompanie (light infantry)
6.Kompanie (light infantry)
7.Kompanie (light infantry)
13.Kompanie
14.Kompanie (Panzerzerstörer)

Resources

  • German Order of Battle 1944, by Allied Intelligence
  • The German Infantry Handbook 1939-1945, by Alex Buchner
  • German Order of Battle World War II, Vol I, by George Nafziger
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Die 216./272. Niedersächsishe Infanterie Division, by Martin Jenner
  • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945 Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
  • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS... Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen der Verbände u. Einheiten der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS Band 1-4, by Shmitz and Thies