45th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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45. Infanterie-Division
German 45th Infantry Division
Divisionsabzeichen 45. Infanterie-Division.jpg
Active 1 April 1938 – 8 May 1945
Country Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Division
Role Infantry
Engagements World War II

With the annexation in 1938 of Austria by Nazi Germany, what was once the 4th Austrian Division was incorporated into the Wehrmacht (German Army) and re-designated the 45th Infantry Division.[1] In the 1939 Polish Campaign, the division was on the right wing of von Rundstedt's Heeresgruppe Sud (Army Group South).

On 22 June 1941, the 45th Infantry Division began Operation Barbarossa by starting the 9-day long siege of the Brest Fortress.[2] In March 1942 the Red Army defeated the division at Livny, Russia and captured the archive of the division. That was the first time the Red Army learned about the defense of Brest Fortress[3]

Commanding officers[edit]

  • Generalleutnant Friedrich Materna 1 April 1938 – 25 October 1940
  • Generalmajor Gerhard Körner, 25 October 1940 – 27 April 1941
  • Generalleutnant Fritz Schlieper, 27 April 1941 – 27 February 1942
  • Generalleutnant Fritz Kühlwein, 27 February 1942 – 25 April 1943
  • Generalleutnant Hans Freiherr von Falkenstein, 25 April 1943 – 30 November 1943
  • Generalmajor Joachim Engel, 30 November 1943 – 27 February 1944
  • Generalmajor Gustav Gihr, 27 February 1944 – 9 April 1944
  • Generalmajor Joachim Engel, 9 April 1944 –

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samuel W. Mitcham : German Order of Battle: 1st–290th Infantry divisions in World War II ISBN 0811734161, Page89. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  2. ^ Christian Ganzer: German and Soviet Losses as an Indicator of the Length and Intensity of the Battle for the Brest Fortress (1941). In: The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Volume 27, Issue 3, p. 449-466.
  3. ^ Бешанов В.В. ”Бресткая крепость” Минск, 2004 (in Russian) page 130