91st Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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91st Infantry Division
91. Luftlande-Infanterie-Division
91. Luftlande Infanterie-Division Logo.svg
Active 15 January 1944 – 10 August 1944
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Infantry
Role Air Landing
Size Division
Engagements

World War II

Commanders
Notable
commanders
Generalleutnant Wilhelm Falley

The 91st Air Landing Division (German 91. Luftlande-Infanterie-Division) was a German Army infantry division in World War II.

History[edit]

Originally formed as an Air Landing Division (Luftlandivision) trained, and equipped to be transported by air (i.e. transportable artillery, few heavy support weapons) to take part in Operation Tanne Ost, an aborted airborne operation in Scandinavia, despite its name the 91st was a regular Heer unit and spent its entire existence as an infantry division. Formed in the Baumholder area from replacement center personnel in January 1944 under the command of Generalleutnant Bruno Ortner, its command was transferred to generalleutnant Wilhelm Falley and moved to the Cotentin peninsula with von der Heydte 6th Parachute Regiment and 100th Panzer Replacement and Training Battalion, armed with captured French light tanks, attached as part of the German 7th Army. Located within the landing zones of both the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. It saw heavy fighting around Sainte-Mère-Église with its divisional commander being killed. Placed under the temporary command of Generalmajor Bernard Klosterkemper It attempted to block the US 4th Divisions advance off Utah Beach at Carentan where its 1058th Grenadier Regiment was all but destroyed. After the second week of the invasion the 91st had suffered so many casualties it was no longer considered effective as a unit. Now at battle group strength it was attached to the 77th Infantry Division then to the 243rd Infantry Division in Corps von Schlieban defending Cherbourg where most of its remaining forces were captured by the Americans. Remnants of the Division under the command of Colonel Eugen Konig escaping to the south. Despite recommendation the unit be dissolved OKH chose to rebuild it adding replacement battalions and sending it back to the front in early August. Defending Rennes from Patton's 3rd Army it again suffered heavy casualties and was reduced to battle group strength. It followed the German retreat to the Siegfried Line and was later absorbed into the 344th Volksgrenadier Division.

Commanders[edit]

Organization (June 1944)[edit]

  • Command
  • 1057th Grenadier Regiment
  • 1058th Grenadier Regiment
  • 191st Mountain Artillery Regiment
  • 191st Engineer Battalion
  • 191st Antitank Company
  • 191st Field Replacement Battalion
  • 191st Antiaircraft Company
  • 191st Signals Battalion
  • 6th Parachute Regiment (attached from the 2nd Parachute Division)
  • 100th Panzer Replacement and Training Battalion (attached)

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