7th Parachute Division (Germany)

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7th Parachute Division
Logo 7. Fallschirm-Jäger-Division.JPG
Unit insignia
Active 1944–45
Disbanded 1945
Country  Germany
Branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Type Fallschirmjäger
Role Airborne forces
Size Division
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Wolfgang Erdmann

The 7. Fallschirmjäger-Division (7th Parachute Division) was a fallschirmjäger (airborne) division of the German military during the Second World War, active from 1944 to 1945.

The division was first formed as Fallschirmjäger-Division Erdmann in August 1944, from a collection of training units and remnants of other formations, named for its commander Wolfgang Erdmann. It fought at Arnhem during Operation Market-Garden in September,[1] and in October was redesignated as the 7. Fallschirmjäger-Division. It contained the 19th, 20th and 21st Fallschirmjäger Regiments, and the 7th Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment.[2]

The division fought on the Western Front for the remainder of the war, surrendering at Oldenburg with the end of hostilities.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Axis History Factbook (Erdmann)
  2. ^ Axis History Factbook (7. Division)
  3. ^ Axis History Factbook

References[edit]

  • "7. Fallschirmjäger-Division". Axis History Factbook. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  • "Fallschirmjäger-Division Erdmann". Axis History Factbook. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  • "7. Fallschirmjäger-Division". Lexikon der Wehrmacht. Retrieved 22 April 2013.