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The 339. Infanterie-Division was formed in Thuringia in December 1940 as part of the 14. Welle (wave). It was disbanded in November 1943 after suffering heavy losses on the Eastern Front. The remnants formed Divisions-Gruppe 339 which was assigned to Korps-Abteilung C.

Known war crimes

Soldiers of Infanterie-Regiment 691 took part in the shooting of Jews of Krutscha near Smolensk in October 1941. Three soldiers of the regiment were put on trial for this crime post-war. (1)

Commanders

Generalleutnant Georg Hewelke (15 Dec 1940 - ? Jan 1942)
Generalleutnant Kurt Pflugradt (? Jan 1942 - 8 Dec 1942)
Generalmajor Martin Ronicke (8 Dec 1942 - 1 Oct 1943)
Generalmajor Wolfgang Lange (1 Oct 1943 - 15 Nov 1943)

Area of operations

Germany (Dec 1940 - June 1941)
Denmark (June 1941 - Dec 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (Dec 1941 - Oct 1943)
Eastern front, southern sector (Oct 1943 - Nov 1943)

Order of battle (Aug 1942)

Infanterie-Regiment 691
Infanterie-Regiment 692
Infanterie-Regiment 693
Schnelle Abteilung 339
Artillerie-Abteilung 339
Pionier-Bataillon 339
Nachrichten-Abteilung 339
Versorgungseinheiten 339

Order of battle (June 1943)

Grenadier-Regiment 691
Grenadier-Regiment 692
Grenadier-Regiment 693
Divisions-Bataillon 339
Artillerie-Regiment 339
Pionier-Bataillon 339
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 339
Nachrichten-Abteilung 339
Feldersatz-Bataillon 339
Versorgungseinheiten 339

Footnotes

1. "Justiz und NS-Verbrechen" by C.F. Rüter & D.W. de Mildt.

Sources used

C.F. Rüter & D.W. de Mildt - Justiz und NS-Verbrechen
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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