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The 715. Infanterie-Division was formed in May 1941 as part of the 15. Welle (wave). After suffering heavy losses fighting at the Anzio bridgehead, it was refitted in June 1944 as part of the 26. Welle from Schatten-Division Wildflecken. The division surrendered to the Red Army in May 1945 in Czechoslovakia.

Commanders

Generalmajor Ernst Wening (3 May 1941 - 15 July 1942)
Generalleutnant Kurt Hoffmann (15 July 1942 - 5 Jan 1944)
Generalleutnant Hans-Georg Hildebrandt (5 Jan 1944 - 1 July 1944)
Generalmajor Hanns von Rohr (1 July 1944 - 18 Sep 1944)
Generalmajor Hans-Joachim Ehlert (18 Sep 1944 - 30 Sep 1944)
Generalmajor Hanns von Rohr (30 Sep 1944 - 2 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Alfred Forster (8 May 1941 - 15 Feb 1943)
Oberstleutnant Werner Habedanck (5 Feb 1943 - 25 Aug 1944)
Major Hans-Ulrich Schröder (25 Aug 1944 - 10 Apr 1945)
Major Karl Meinert (10 Apr 1945 - May 1945)

Area of operations

Germany (May 1941 - June 1941)
France (June 1941 - Jan 1944)
Italy (Jan 1944 - Mar 1945)
Czechoslovakia (Mar 1945 - May 1945)

Order of battle (1942)

Infanterie-Regiment 725
Infanterie-Regiment 735
Artillerie-Abteilung 671
Pionier-Bataillon 715
Nachrichten-Kompanie 715
Versorgungseinheiten 715

Order of battle (1944-1945)

Grenadier-Regiment 725
Grenadier-Regiment 735
Grenadier-Regiment 774 (1)
Füsilier-Bataillon 715
Artillerie-Regiment 671
Pionier-Bataillon 715
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 715
Nachrichten-Abteilung 715
Feldersatz-Bataillon 671
Versorgungseinheiten 715

Footnotes

1. When the division was being refitted in the area Prague in Feb 1945, Grenadier(Führernachwuchs-)Regiment 1256 was used as a cadre for the division’s third Grenadier regiment. The regiment was redesignated Grenadier-Regiment 774 on 26 February 1945. Of note, this was one of two Grenadier regiments bearing the number 774 that existed at the same time, the other being assigned to the 416. Infanterie-Division.

Sources used

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

Reference material on this unit

- None known at this time -

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