72nd Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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72. Infanterie-Division
German 72nd Infantry Division
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72. Infanterie Division Vehicle Insignia
Active 19 September 1939 – 8 May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname(s) Gelbkreuz
Engagements World War II
Decorations References in the Wehrmachtbericht

The 72nd Infantry Division (German: 72. Infanterie-Division) was created on 19 September 1939 in Trier from Grenz-Division Trier, which was a border security unit. It was destroyed on the Eastern front 25 March 1944 and reformed June 1944.

Breakout to Lisyanka.

Commanding officers[edit]

  • General der Infanterie Franz Mattenklott, 1 September 1939 – 25 July 1940
  • General der Infanterie Helge Auleb, 25 July 1940 – 4 September 1940
  • General der Infanterie Franz Mattenklott, 4 September 1940 – 6 November 1940
  • Generalleutnant Philipp Müller-Gebhard, 6 November 1940 – 10 July 1942
  • Generalmajor Curt Souchay, 10 July 1942 – 24 November 1942
  • Generalleutnant Philipp Müller-Gebhard, 24 November 1942 – 17 February 1943
  • Generalleutnant Ralph Graf von Oriola, 17 February 1943 – 3 May 1943
  • Generalleutnant Philipp Müller-Gebhard, 3 May 1943 – 1 November 1943
  • Generalleutnant Erwin Menny, 1 November 1943 – 20 November 1943
  • Generalleutnant Dr. Hermann Hohn, 20 November 1943 – 25 March 1944
  • Generalmajor Karl Arning, 10 June 1944 – 19 June 1944
  • General der Kavallerie Gustav Harteneck, 19 June 1944 – 1 July 1944
  • Generalleutnant Dr. Hermann Hohn, 1 July 1944 – 20 April 1945
  • Generalleutnant Hugo Beißwänger, 20 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

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