The 562. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in October 1944 from 562. Grenadier-Division and fought in Poland and East Prussia until it was destroyed in April 1945.

Commanders

Generalmajor Johannes-Oskar Brauer (9 Oct 1944 - 22 Jan 1945)
Generalmajor Helmuth Hufenbach (22 Jan 1945 - 27 Mar 1945)

Area of operations

Poland & East Prussia (Oct 1944 - Apr 1945)

Holders of high awards

(562. Grenadier-Division / 562. Volksgrenadier-Division)
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (7)
- Büssemeier, Josef, 00.00.1945, Oberstleutnant, Gren.Rgt. 1146
- Donnerstag, Ernst, 25.03.1945, Feldwebel, 3./Gren.Rgt. 1146
- Dorn, Günter, 15.03.1945, Oberstleutnant d.R., Gren.Rgt. 1144
- Fricke, Hans-Peter, 05.03.1945, Major, Adjutant 562. Volks-Gren.Div.
- Thomas, Bernhard, 25.03.1945, Hauptmann, II./Gren.Rgt. 1146
- Weichert, Eugen, 25.03.1945, Leutnant d.R., 8./Gren.Rgt. 1146
- Weyrauch, Erich, 00.00.1945, Major d.R., II./Art.Rgt. 1562
Holders of the Knight's Cross (5) (3 RK + 2 EL)
- Oakleaves
-- Hufenbach, Helmuth 28.03.1945 [807. EL] Oberst Führer 562. Volks-Gren.Div
-- Jakwert, Josef 24.02.1945 [752. EL] Leutnant Zugführer i. d. 2./Pz.Jäg.Abt 1562
- Knight’s Cross
-- Austermann, Johannes 10.02.1945 Major Kdr II./Gren.Rgt 1146
-- Kastka, Horst 11.03.1945 Oberwachtmeister VB i. d. 11./Art.Rgt 1562
-- Köhnen, Hermann 28.02.1945 Hauptmann Führer I./Gren.Rgt 1145

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 1144
Grenadier-Regiment 1145
Grenadier-Regiment 1146
Artillerie-Regiment 1562
Füsilier-Kompanie 562
Divisionseinheiten 1562  

Sources used

Andris J. Kursietis - The Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - Hitler's Legions: The German Army Order of Battle World War II
George F. Nafziger - The German Order of Battle: Infantry in World War II
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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