by John Mulholland

WEHRKREIS VI – HQ: Münster.

Divisions Affiliated with Wkr.VI:
6 Pz, 6, 16 Pz, 26, 47, 64, 69, 84, 86, 106, 116 Pz, 126, 156 Res, 166 Res, 176, 196, 211, 227, 253, 254, 264, 306, 326, 329, 361, 371, 385, 386, 393, 406 Rep, 526 Rep, 555, 569 VG, 577 VG, 579 VG, 582 VG, 716.

Kommandeur der Ersatztruppen VI (Commander of Replacement Troops, Wkr.VI.)
- Aug.1939: Formed in Münster.
Div.Nr.156 (Replacement and Training Division)
Home Station: Cologne.
- Nov.1939: Formed as 156.Division from the staff of Kommandeur der Ersatztruppen VI.
- Nov.1939: Stationed in the Danzig area of northern Poland (Wkr.XX).
- 20 Dec.1939: Renamed Div.Nr.156.
- Aug.1940: Returned to Cologne, Wkr.VI.
- 05 Oct.1942: Restructured as 156.Res.Div. Parts of the 156th were shifted, from Nov.1942 to Dec.1942, as Division “Baltzer”. The remainder of the division remained in location.
- Feb.943: Along with its Training units, the division was moved into the “Ardres” area, south of Calais, for coastal protection duties.
- Feb.1944: Upgraded to Feldherr status as 47.Infanteriedivision.
Order of Battle – Aug.1940 :
Inf.Ers.Reg.26 (Inf.Ers.Btl.39, 77, 78)
Inf.Ers.Reg.211 (Inf.Ers.Btl.306, 317, 365)
Inf.Ers.Reg.227 (Inf.Ers.Btl.328, 366, 412)
Inf.Ers.Reg.253 (Inf.Ers.Btl.453, 464, 473)
Inf.Ers.Reg.254 (Inf.Ers.Btl.454, 474, 484)

Kommandeur der Ersatztruppen 2./VI
- Oct.1939: Formed in Bielefeld.
- Nov.1939: Staff transferred to Bromberg, Wkr.XX
Div.Nr.166 (166.Replacement and Training Division)
Home Station: Bielefeld.
- Nov.1939: Formed as 166.Division from the staff of  Kommandeur der Ersatztruppen 2./VI.
- Nov.1939: Stationed in Bromberg, Wkr.XX.
- 21 Dec.1939: Renamed Div.Nr.166.
- Aug.1940: Returned to Bielefeld, Wkr.VI.
- Oct.1942: Transferred some of its units to the reorganizing Div.Nr.526.
- Jan.1943: Div.Nr.166, with its Training units, was transferred to Copenhagen, Denmark, while its Replacement sections were taken over by the newly formed Div.Nr.176.
- 26 Oct.1943: Restructured as the 166.Res.Div. and then sent to the Lumvig area of the Jutland Peninsula.
- Mar.1945: Upgraded to 166.Infantariedivision of the Feldheer.
Order of Battle – Aug.1940 :
Inf.Ers.Reg.6 (Inf.Ers.Btl.18, 37, 58)
Inf.Ers.Reg.16 (Inf.Ers.Btl.60, 64, 79)
Inf.Ers.Reg.69 (Inf.Ers.Btl.159, 193, 236)
Inf.Ers.Reg.86 (Inf.Ers.Btl.167, 184, 216)

Div.Nr.176 (176.Replacement and Training Division)
Home Station: Bielefeld.
- 26 Jan.1943: Formed, in Bielefeld, Wkr.VI, as Div.Nr.176 to take over the Replacement units from Div.Nr.166.
- Oct.1944: Upgraded to 176.Infanteriedivision, it was lost to the Ersatzheeer.
Order of Battle – Dec.1943 :
Gren.Ers.Reg.416 (Gren.Ers.Btl.18, 37, 58, 159)
Gren.Ers.Reg.426 (Gren.Ers.Btl.167, 184, 193, 216, 236)

Div.Nr.466 (466.Replacement and Training Division)
Home Station: Bielefeld.
- 23 Nov.1944: Formed as Div.Nr.466 to assume command of the Replacement elements of the departing 176.Inf.Div.
Order of Battle – Mar.1945 :
Gren.Ausb.Reg.571 (Gren.Ausb.Btl.82, 194, 396, 398)

Div.Nr.476 (476.Replacement and Training Division)
Home Station: Wuppertal.
- Oct.1944: Formed as Div.Nr.476 to take over responsibility for the Replacement units of the 526.Res.Div.
Order of Battle – Mar 1945 :
Gren.Ausb.Reg.253 (Gren.Ausb.Btl.77, 453, 454, s.Gren.Ausb.Btl.253)
Gren.Ausb.Reg.426 (Gren.Ausb.Btl.18, 193, Gren.Ausb.Btl.286 (O))
Gren.Ausb.Reg.536 (Gren.Ausb.Btl.464, 473, 78, 365, 412, s.Gren.Ausb.Btl.536)

526.Grenzschutz-Division (526 Frontier-Guard Division)
Home Station: Wuppertal.
- Oct.1939: Formed, in Cologne, by the re-organization of Grenzwacht-Abschnitt-Kommandos 9.
- May 1940: Controlled miscellaneous units along the German western border, and, later Belgium.
- Dec.1941: The division was officially dissolved.
- Sep.1942: Formed as Div.Nr.526. It took over control of the Replacement sections of the upgraded 156.Res.Div., which was in Belgium at the time, and returned with them to Wkr.VI.
- 1944: The division’s Replacement duties were expanded to include some Training functions.
- Sep.1944: Restructured as the 526.Res.Div. It then handed over its Replacement and Training duties to Div.Nr.476 shortly before being broken up.
Order of Battle – Sep.1942 :
Inf.Ers.Reg.211 (Inf.Ers./Ausb.Btl.39, 306, 317, 365)
Inf.Ers.Reg.253 (Inf.Ers./Ausb.Btl.328, 453, 464, 473)
Inf.Ers.Reg.536 (Inf.Ers.Btl.77, 78, 366, 412, 454, 474, 484)


OTHER ERSATZHEER UNITS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WEHRKREIS:

Div.Stb.z.b.V.406 (Special Administrative Division Staff)
- 12 Oct.1939: Formed
- Feb.1945: The division was officially dissolved.
Order of Battle - Mar.1940:
Ldschtz.Reg.Stab 33
Ldschtz.Reg.Stab 172
Ldschtz.Reg.Stab 183
(Ldschtz.Btl.217, 254, 308, 460, 461, 462, 464, 465, 466, 468, 470, 471, 472, 477, 478, 818, 854, 857, 871, 902, 906, 909, Ldschtz.Ers.Btl.6)

Div.Stb.z.b.V.441 (Special Administrative Division Staff)
- 18 Oct.1939: Formed
- Feb.1940: Upgraded and renamed 554.Infanteriedivision.

Div.Stb.z.b.V.442 (Special Administrative Division Staff)
- 18 Oct.1939: Formed
- Aug.1944: The division was officially dissolved.

Div.Stb.z.b.V.603 (Special Administrative Division Staff)
- 14 Oct.1944: Formed by Heeresgruppe “A” (Army Group A), in the Generalgouvernement, to incorporate the units of Oberfeld Kommandantur 603.
Order of Battle - Jan.1945:
Fest.MG-Btl.62  
SS-Genesenden-Btl.1 (mot.)  
Zollgrenzschutz-Btl.Mehl  
Lw.Bau-Btl.115/XIII

149. Feldausbildungsdivision (149.Field Training Division)
- Mar.1945: The division started forming in the Netherlands, by order of Oberbefehlshaber West, but was never fully completed.
Order of Battle:
Grenadier-Feldausbildungs-Regiment 1301
Grenadier-Feldausbildungs-Regiment 1302
Grenadier-Feldausbildungs-Regiment 1303
Divisionseinheiten 1449

150. Feldausbildungsdivision (150.Field Training Division)
- Mar.1945: The division started forming in the Netherlands, by order of Oberbefehlshaber West, but was never fully completed. Only 3 infantry battalions, out of Infantry Field Training Regiments 1304, 1305, and 1306 were ever formed.
Order of Battle:
Grenadier-Feldausbildungs-Regiment 1304
Grenadier-Feldausbildungs-Regiment 1305
Grenadier-Feldausbildungs-Regiment 1306
Divisionseinheiten 1450

Fld-Ers.Div.“F” (Field Replacement Division “F”)
- Jan.1942: Formed, in Wkr.VI, to assist with the Replacements to the Ostheer (literally “East Army”) and later dissolved that same year.
Order of Battle – 1941 :
Feldersatz-Regiment F/1
Feldersatz-Regiment F/2
Feldersatz-Regiment F/3

Kommandeur der Schnelletruppen VI (Commander of Mobile Trooops, Wkr.VI)
- May 1942: Formed from Stab Infanterie-Ersatz-Regiment (motorisiert) z.b.V. (Staff: Motorized Infantry Replacement and Training Div (for special purposes), in Münster, to assist with the mobile formations of Wkr.VI.
- Mar.1943: Renamed Kommandeur der Panzertruppen VI.
- Dec.1943: Renamed Panzer-Grenadier-Ersatz-Regiment 57 (Armored Infantry Replacement and Training Regt.57).

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