715th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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715th Infantry Division
715th Infantry Division (Nazi Germany) (unit crest).jpg
Insignia of the German 715th Infantry Division
Active May 8, 1940 - May 2, 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Infantry Division
Engagements Operation Shingle, Gothic Line, Eastern Front

The 715th Infantry Division was a German infantry division which fought during World War II.

Composition[edit]

As of 1942, the composition of the 715th Infantry Division was as follows:

  • 715th Infantry Regiment
  • 735th Infantry Regiment
  • 671st Artillery Battalion
  • 715th Reconnaissance Company
  • 715th Engineer Battalion
  • 715th Signal Company
  • 715th Divisional Supply Troops

Unit History[edit]

A memorial on Patch Barracks

The 715th (Static) Infantry Division was activated on May 8, 1941, and sent to southwestern France that fall. In late summer 1943, it took over the Cannes-Nice sector on the Mediterranean coast when elements of the Italian 4th Army returned home. In January 1944, the 715th was sent to Italy following the allied landings at Anzio and fought there until June, suffering heavy losses when the Allies broke out of the beachhead and took Rome. Sent to the rear, the 715th was rebuilt, largely from troops of the reinforced 1028th Grenadier Regiment and Shadow Division Wildflecken, which it absorbed. The division fought in the Gothic Line battles in September and was transferred to the Adriatic sector soon after. Rebuilt again in February 1945, it now included the 725th, 735th, and 774th Grenadier Regiments (two battalions each), the 671st Artillery Regiment (three battalions), the 715th Fusilier Battalion, the 715th Engineer Battalion, the 715th Tank Destroyer Battalion, the 715th Signal Company and the 715th Field Replacement Battalion. In early 1945, it was sent to the 1st Panzer Army on the Eastern Front, fought in Upper Silesia and surrendered to the Soviets in the Tábor-Pisek area of Czechoslovakia on May 2.

Commanders[edit]

  • Colonel/Major General Ernst Wening (May 2, 1941)
  • Major General/Lieutenant General Kurt Hoffmann (June 1, 1942)
  • Major General/Lieutenant General Hans-Georg Hildebrandt (February 5, 1944)
  • Colonel/ Major General Hans von Rohr (July 1, 1944)
  • Colonel Hans-Joachim Ehlert (September 18, 1944)
  • Major General Hans von Rohr (September 30, 1944 - end)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • German Order of Battle, Volume Two: 291st 999th Infantry Divisions, Named Infantry Divisions, and Special Divisions in WWII