The Führer-Grenadier-Division was raised on 26 January 1945 from the Führer-Grenadier-Brigade. It surrendered to the US forces in Niederdonau but was handed over to the Soviet forces.

Commanders

Generalmajor Hellmuth Mäder (26 Jan 1945 - 1 Feb 1945)
Generalmajor Erich von Haßenstein (1 Feb 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Major Konrad Weitbrecht (26 Jan 1945-? May 1945)

Area of operations

Ardennes (Jan 1945 - Feb 1945)
Eastern Germany (Feb 1945 - May 1945)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (3)
- Dürsch, Wilhelm, 00.04.1945, Hauptmann, 2./Pz.Art.Rgt. Führer-Gren.Div. (1)
- Haake, Heinrich, 00.04.1945, Major d.R., I./Pz.Art.Rgt. Führer-Gren.Div. (1)
- Mors, Heinz, 00.04.1945, Hauptmann, 3./Pz.Art.Rgt. Führer-Gren.Div. (1)
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (2)
- Diedrich, Hermann, 00.00.1945, Oberleutnant, 3./Pz.Gren.Rgt./Führer-Gren.Div.
- Schorn, Josef, 00.00.1945, Oberleutnant, 2./Pz.Gren.Rgt./Führer-Gren.Div.
Holders of the Knight's Cross (11, including 4 unofficial/unconfirmed) (9 RK + 1 EL + 1 SW)

Order of battle

Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 99
Panzer-Regiment 101
Heeres-Sturm-Artillerie-Brigade 911
Panzer-Aufklärungs-Kompanie 101
Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 124
Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 124
Panzer-Feldersatz-Bataillon 124
Panzer-Nachrichten-Abteilung 124
Kommandeur der Panzer-Divisions-Nachschubtruppen 124

Order of battle (Jan 1945)

Staff
- Staff
- Escort Company
-- Infantry Platoon
-- Motorcycle Platoon
-- Flak Platoon (self-propelled)
- 124. Military Police Detachment (mot)
101. Panzer Regiment
- Staff
- Staff Company
-- Signals Platoon
-- Panzer Platoon
-- Flak Platoon (self-propelled)
- Battalion
--  Staff
--  Flak Platoon (self-propelled)
--  4 x Panzer Company
--  Panzer Maintenance Platoon
--  Panzer Supply Company (mot)
99. Panzergrenadier Regiment
- Staff (half-track)
- Staff Company (half-track)
-- Signals Platoon
-- Motorcycle Platoon
-- Staff Platoon
- Battalion
-- Staff
-- Supply Company (mot)
-- 3 x Company (half-track)
-- Heavy Company (half-track)
--- Staff Platoon
--- Infantry Gun Platoon
--- Mortar Platoon
- Battalion
-- Staff
-- Supply Company (mot)
-- 3 x Company (mot)
-- Heavy Company (mot)
--- Platoon
--- Mortar Platoon
- Battalion
-- Staff
-- Supply Company (mot)
-- 3 x Company (bicycle)
-- Heavy Company (mot)
--- Platoon
--- Mortar Platoon
911. Sturmgeschütz Brigade
- Staff
- Staff Company
- 3 x Sturmgeschütz Company
- Escort Company
101. Panzer Reconnaisasnce Company
124. Panzer Artillery Regiment
- Staff
- Staff Battery
- Battalion
-- Staff
-- Staff Battery (self-propelled)
-- 3 x Battery (self-propelled)
- 2 x Battalion
-- Staff
-- Staff Battery (mot)
-- 3 x Battery (mot)
Luftwaffe Flak Battalion
- Staff
- 3 x Heavy Flak Battery (mot)
- Medium Flak Battery (mot)
- Light Flak Battery (mot)
124. Panzer Pioneer Battalion
- Staff
- Staff Company (half-track)
- Company (half-track)
- 2 x Company (mot)
124. Panzer Signals Battalion
- Panzer Radio Company
- Panzer Telephone Company
- Supply Company (mot)
124. Panzer Feldersatz Battalion
- 4 x Company
- Supply Company
Supply & Support Units

Insignia

An “FG” monogram for wear on the shoulder straps was produced but it was apparently not widely worn. It was replaced by the standard “GD” monogram in late 1944; per Williamson the unit ceased using a monogram altogether in early 1945.
The “Großdeutschland” cuff title was authorized for this unit.

Wilhelm "Willi" Hübner of the Hitler Jugend being awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class after the recapture of Lauban in March 1945 where he had served as a messenger with the Führer-Grenadier-Division
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Footnotes

1. He belongs to a group of soldiers who have "credibly proven" ("glaubhaft nachgewiesen") to have been awarded the decoration. The "Nachauflage" (1992) [addendum/2nd ed.] of the book by Horst Scheibert lists 50 recipients like that. 11 of them have been listed in the new standard work by Patzwall/Scherzer (2001,2003,2007) in the meatime and therefore can be regarded as confirmed. To enable further research, open for final confirmations as well as for rejections/proof of the contrary the status of the remaining 39 soldiers should be regarded as "credibly proven" per Scheibert and therefore this group is listed here for the time being.

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Gordon Williamson - German Army Elite Units, 1939-45

Reference material on this unit

Horst Scheibert - Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland
Helmuth Spaeter - The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland Vol 1-3

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