30th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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30. Infanterie-Division
German 30th Infantry Division
30th Infanterie Division Logo.svg
Active 1 October 1936 — 8 May 1945
Country Nazi Germany Nazy Germany
Branch Heer
Type Division
Role Infantry
Nickname Briesen-Division
Engagements

World War II

Decorations 1 reference in the Wehrmachtbericht
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel
Alt
30th Infantry units march through Paris before Kurt von Briesen (on horse), 1940

The 30th Infantry Division of the German Army was created on 1 October 1936 in Lübeck and mobilized on 26 August 1939 for the upcoming invasion of Poland. At that time, it consisted of the usual German infantry division elements: three infantry regiments of three battalions each, one three-battalion regiment of light artillery, one battalion of heavy artillery (from a separate artillery regiment, but attached to the particular division), a panzerjager (anti-tank) battalion, an aufklärungs (reconnaissance) battalion, a signals battalion, a pioneer (engineer) battalion, and divisional supply, medical, and administrative units.

Offensive of the Red Army south of Lake Ilmen 7 January–21 February 1942.

In the winter of 1941 the division was trapped in the Demyansk Pocket along with the 12th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS-Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Todt organization and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II. Armeekorps (2nd Army Corps).

Commanders[edit]

  • Generalleutnant Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, creation – 4 February 1938
  • Generalmajor Kurt von Briesen, 4 February 1938 – 1 July 1939
  • Generalleutnant Franz Böhme, 1 July 1939 – 19 July 1939
  • General der Infanterie Kurt von Briesen, 19 July 1939 – 25 November 1940
  • Generalmajor Walter Buechs, November 1940 – 5 January 1941
  • General der Infanterie Kurt von Tippelskirch, 5 January 1941 – 5 June 1942
  • Generalleutnant Thomas-Emil von Wickede, 5. Juni 1942 – 29 October 1943
  • Generalleutnant Paul Winter, (September 1943)
  • Generalmajor Gerhard Henke (acting), 29 October 1943 – 5 November 1943
  • General der Infanterie Wilhelm Haase, 5 November 1943 – 15 March 1944
  • Generalleutnant Hans von Basse (acting), 15 March 1944 – 15 August 1944
  • Generalmajor Otto Barth, 15 August 1944 – 30 January 1945
  • Generalleutnant Albert Henze, 30 January 1945 - capitulation

References[edit]

  • Breithaupt, Hans (1955). Die Geschichte der 30. Infanterie-Division 1939 - 1945. Podzun, Bad Nauheim.
  • Müller-Hillebrand, Burkhard (1969). Das Heer 1933-1945. Entwicklung des organisatorischen Aufbaues (in German). Vol. III: Der Zweifrontenkrieg. Das Heer vom Beginn des Feldzuges gegen die Sowjetunion bis zum Kriegsende. Frankfurt am Main: Mittler. p. 286. 
  • Tessin, Georg (1970). Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg, 1939 - 1945 (in German). Vol. IV: Die Landstreitkräfte 15 -30. Frankfurt am Main: Mittler. 

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