5th Parachute Division (Germany)

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German 5th Parachute Division
Active 1944–45
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Balkenkreuz.svg Wehrmacht
Branch Luftwaffe
Type Fallschirmjäger
Role Airborne forces
Size Division
Gustav Wilke
Sebastian-Ludwig Heilmann

The 5. Fallschirmjäger-Division (5th Parachute Division) was a fallschirmjäger (airborne) division of the German military during the Second World War, active from 1944 to 1945.

The division was formed in France in early 1944, commanded by Gustav Wilke. It contained the 13th, 14th and 15th Fallschirmjäger Regiments, and the 5th Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment.[1]

The 13th Regiment was attached to 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division in the early stages of the Battle of Normandy, with the rest of the division committed in July. It took heavy losses, and was withdrawn to the Netherlands to rebuild.

The division took part in the Battle of the Bulge and was one of the few to achieve its objectives.[2]

After withdrawing through Germany, it was trapped in the Ruhr pocket in April 1945 and destroyed.[1]

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