710th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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710th Infantry Division
Active 2 May 1941 – 8 May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Infantry
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Oldenburg
Engagements

World War II

Disbanded 8 May 1945
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Walter Gorn

The 710th Infantry Division (German: 710. Infanteriedivision) was a German Army infantry division in World War II. Formed in May 1941, it served spent the majority of the war in occupation duties in Scandinavia before being transferred to the Italian Front in late 1944. It participated in fighting against the Russians in Hungary before it withdrew into Austria and surrendered to the Americans in May 1945.

History[edit]

The 710th Infantry Division was formed in 2 May 1941, largely from older personnel, under the command of Generalleutnant Theodor Petsch.[1] It was smaller than a conventional infantry division and lacked much of the support weaponry that would typically be found in such a unit.[2] The division served occupation duties in Norway, firstly at Oslo and then at Kristiansand. It later performed similar duties in Denmark until December 1944, at which stage it was transferred to the Italian Front. The following month it was attached to I SS Panzer Corps, which had moved to Hungary after being heavily engaged in the Battle of the Bulge.[1]

The division, expanded with additional artillery and tank destroyer units, was involved in the fighting against the Russians during Operation Frühlingserwachen and the subsequent withdrawal through Hungary and into Austria. Now under the command of Generalmajor Walter Gorn, it surrendered to an United States Army unit on 8 May 1945.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mitcham, pp. 191–192
  2. ^ Mitcham, p. 188

Bibliography[edit]

  • Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr (2007). German Order of Battle. Volume Two: 291st – 999th Infantry Divisions, Named Infantry Divisions, and Special Divisions in WWII. PA; United States of America: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3437-0.