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The 35. Infanterie-Division was formed in Karlsruhe on 1 October 1936. It was mobilized in August 1939 as part of the 1. Welle (wave).

See also With 35. Infanterie-Division to the Belgian-French frontier May 1940.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Hubert Schaller-Kallide (12 Oct 1936 - 24 Nov 1938)
General der Infanterie Hans Wolfgang Reinhard (24 Nov 1938 - 25 Nov 1940)
General der Infanterie Walther Fischer von Weikersthal (25 Nov 1940 - 1 Dec 1941)
General der Artillerie Rudolf Freiherr von Roman (1 Dec 1941 - 10 Sep 1942)
Generalleutnant Ludwig Merker (10 Sep 1942 - ? Apr 1943)
Generalleutnant Otto Drescher (? Apr 1943 - 8 June 1943)
Generalleutnant Ludwig Merker (8 June 1943 - 5 Nov 1943)
Generalleutnant Johann-Georg Richert (5 Nov 1943 - 9 Apr 1944)
Generalmajor Gustav Gihr (9 Apr 1944 - 11 May 1944)
Generalleutnant Johann-Georg Richert (11 May 1944 - ? May 1945)
Generalmajor der Reserve Dr. Ernst Meiners (? May 1945 - ? May 1945)

Area of operations

West wall (Sep 1939 - May 1940)
Belgium & France (May 1940 - June 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (June 1941 - Nov 1942)
Eastern front, southern sector (Nov 1942 - Apr 1943)
Eastern front, central sector (Apr 1943 - Apr 1945)
East Prussia (Apr 1945 - May 1945)

Nicknames and Honor titles

Fisch-Division (Fish Division)

Infanterie-Regiment 34 was given the title Infanterie-Regiment Heilbronn 1 October 1934 but was redesignated 15 October 1935.

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (7)
- Dollmann, Wolfgang, 04.05.1942 (937), Hauptmann, Chef 1./Pi.Btl. 35
- Gaigl, Erich, 05.12.1944 (2575), Hauptmann, Kdr. II./Füs.Rgt. 34
- Schenk, Eugen, 27.02.1944 (2929), Leutnant, Zugführer i. d. 6./Füs.Rgt. 34
- Schwalbe, Felix, 30.07.1941 (188), Oberst, Kdr. Inf.Rgt. 109
- Steuer, Günther, 08.02.1942 (664), Oberleutnant, Battr.Fhr. 3./Art.Rgt. 35
- Streicher, [first name not listed], 08.02.1942 (695), Gefreiter, Stab I./Inf.Rgt. 111
- Wiedenmann, Karl, 07.11.1943 (2440), Leutnant, Kp.Fhr. 3./Pi.Btl. 35
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (1)
- Haisch, Eugen, 14.10.1943 (381), Obergefreiter, 3./Gren.Rgt. 109
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (114)
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (1)
- Hein, Wolfgang, 10.10.1944, Major, Nachr.Abt. 35
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (11)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (26)

Order of battle (1939)

Infanterie-Regiment 34
Infanterie-Regiment 109
Infanterie-Regiment 111
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 35
Artillerie-Regiment 35
- I. Abteilung
- II. Abteilung
- III. Abteilung
- I./Artillerie-Regiment 71
Beobachtungs-Abteilung 35 (1)
Pionier-Bataillon 35
Panzerabwehr-Abteilung 35
Nachrichten-Abteilung 35
Feldersatz-Bataillon 35
Versorgungseinheiten 35

Order of battle (1942)

Füsilier-Regiment 34
Grenadier-Regiment 109
Grenadier-Regiment 111
Radfahr-Abteilung 35
Artillerie-Regiment 35
- I. Abteilung
- II. Abteilung
- III. Abteilung
- I./Artillerie-Regiment 71
Pionier-Bataillon 35
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 35
Nachrichten-Abteilung 35
Feldersatz-Bataillon 35
Versorgungseinheiten 35

Order of battle (1943-1945)

Füsilier-Regiment 34
Grenadier-Regiment 109
Grenadier-Regiment 111
Füsilier-Bataillon 35
Artillerie-Regiment 35
- I. Abteilung
- II. Abteilung
- III. Abteilung
- I./Artillerie-Regiment 71 (2)
Pionier-Bataillon 35
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 35
Nachrichten-Abteilung 35
Feldersatz-Bataillon 35
Versorgungseinheiten 35

Notable members

Hans Wulz (German Cross in Gold holder and post-war a general in the Nationale Volksarmee of the German Democratic Republic)
Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (Rittmeister, Aufkl.Abt. 35)

Footnotes

1. Released from the division in December 1939 and designated Heerestruppe.
2. Redesignated IV./Artillerie-Regiment 35 in October 1944.

Sources used

Klaus Froh & Rüdiger Wenzke - Die Generale und Admirale der NVA: Ein biographisches handbuch
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Hans Baumann - Die 35. Infanterie Division im. Zweiten Weltkrleg 1939-1945
Kameradschaftsdienst 35. Inf.Div. e.V. - Die 35. Infanterie Division 1939-1945

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