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The 38. Infanterie-Division was formed in July 1942 in Munsterlager as a “Walküre-II”-Division (1) under the 20. Welle (wave). It was disbanded in October 1943 after suffering heavy losses on the Eastern Front. The divisional staff, signals and supply units were used to form the 276. Infanterie-Division. The remnants formed Divisions-Gruppe 38 which was initially assigned to the 62. Infanterie-Division before being transferred to Korps-Abteilung F in March 1944.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Friedrich-Georg Eberhardt (25 June 1942 - 25 Aug 1943)
Generalmajor Knut Eberding (25 Aug 1943 - 14 Nov 1943)

Area of operations

France (June 1942 - Aug 1942)
Netherlands & France (Aug 1942 - Apr 1943)
Eastern front, southern sector (Apr 1943 - Nov 1943)

Order of battle (July-Oct 1942)

Infanterie-Regiment 108
Infanterie-Regiment 112
Panzerjäger- und Aufklärungs-Abteilung 138
- Radfahr-Schwadron
- 2x Panzerjäger-Kompanie
Artillerie-Regiment 138
- I. Abteilung, 1. – 3. Bttr.
- II. Abteilung, 4. – 6. Bttr.
- III. (schwere) Abteilung, 7., 8. Bttr.
Pionier-Bataillon 138
- 1., 2. Kp
Nachrichten-Abteilung 138
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachschbführer 138
Verwaltungsdienste 138
Sanitätsdienste 138
Veterinärkompanie 138

Order of battle (Jan 1943)

Grenadier-Regiment 108
Grenadier-Regiment 112
Schnelle Abteilung 138
- Radfahr-Aufklärungs-Schwadron
- 2x Panzerjäger-Kompanie
Artillerie-Regiment 138
- I. Abteilung, 1. – 3. Bttr.
- II. Abteilung, 4. – 6. Bttr.
- III. (schwere) Abteilung, 7., 8. Bttr.
Pionier-Bataillon 138
- 1., 2. Kp
Nachrichten-Abteilung 138
Kdr. der Infanterie-Divisions-Nachschubtruppen 138
Verwaltungsdienste 138
Sanitätsdienste 138
Veterinärkompanie 138

Order of battle (July 1943)

Grenadier-Regiment 108
Grenadier-Regiment 112
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 138
- 1. Radfahr-Aufklärungs-Schwadron [ex Radf.Aufkl.Schw./Schnelle Abt. 138]
- 2., 3. Radfahr-Kompanie [ex 5.(Radf.)/GR 108 u. ex 10.(Radf.)/GR 112]
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 138
- 1. – 2. Kp
Artillerie-Regiment 138
- I. Abteilung, 1. – 3. Bttr.
- II. Abteilung, 4. – 6. Bttr.
- III. (schwere) Abteilung, 7., 8. Bttr.
Pionier-Bataillon 138
- 1. – 3. Kp
Nachrichten-Abteilung 138
Kdr. der Infanterie-Divisions-Nachschubtruppen 138
Verwaltungsdienste 138
Sanitätsdienste 138
Veterinärkompanie 138

Footnotes

1. Three divisions were formed in July 1942 under the code word “Walküre-II” from elements of the Ersatzheer for security of the English Channel coast, which had been weakened by the departure of divisions for the Eastern Front.

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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