299th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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299th Infantry Division
Active March 1940 – February 1945
Country Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Infantry
Size Division
Engagements

Second World War

The 29th Infantry Division (German: 299. Infanterie-Division) was a German Army infantry division in World War II. It fought France and the Russian Front until February 1945.

Operational history[edit]

The 299th Infantry Division was formed in March and April 1940 from men from Hesse and Thuringia. The 299th Infantry Division first saw action in the 1940 campaign in France, staying in France until June 1941. From June 1941 the 299th Infantry Division then fought on the Eastern Front at the Southern and Central sectors of the front. The 299th Infantry Division gained distinction while fighting on the Eastern Front in the summer of 1943. In July 1944 the 299th Infantry Division was destroyed in fighting on the Eastern Front, reformed in September 1944. The 299th Infantry Division was sent back to the Eastern Front and destroyed in Eastern Prussia in February 1945.

Commanding officers[edit]

  • General of the Artillery Willi Moser (6 April 1940 – 1 November 1942)
  • Lieutenant General Viktor Koch (1 November 1942 – 5 November 1942)
  • Lieutenant General Hans Bergen (5 November 1942 – 3 May 1943)
  • Lieutenant General Ralph Graf von Oriola (3 May 1943 – 15 January 1944)
  • Lieutenant General Paul Reichelt (15 January 1944 – 13 March 1944)
  • Lieutenant General Ralph Graf von Oriola (13 March 1944 – 28 June 1944)
  • Lieutenant General Hans Junck (28 June 1944 – 31 July 1944)
  • Major General Karl Göbel (1 September 1944 – 16 February 1945)

Division composition[edit]

  • 528th, 529th, and 530th Infantry regiments
  • 299th Artillery regiment
  • 299th Engineering battalion
  • 299th Anti-tank battalion
  • 299th Reconnaissance battalion
  • 299th Signals battalion

(Other support units all numbered 299th)

References[edit]

  • German Order of Battle, 1944: The Directory Prepared by Allied Intelligence, of Regiments, Formations, and Units of the German Armed Forces. Greenhill Books, 1994.
  • Roth, Hans. Eastern Inferno: The Journals of a German Panzerjager on the Eastern Front, 1941–43. Casemate Publishing, 2010.
  • Wendel, Marcus. Heer Units, 299. Infanterie-Division. Axis History Factbook.com. Accessed 28 May 2007 from: http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=3889.