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The 260. Infanterie-Division was formed in August 1939 as part of the 4th welle (wave) in Wehrkreis V, Stuttgart. It took part in the operations in the west, advancing from the Eifel through Luxembourg and Belgium into France.
It later fought on the Eastern front, including the offensive against Moscow. It withdrew along with the rest of the Wehrmacht following the large counter offensives by the Red Army before being caught and destroyed in the Minsk pocket with the surviving elements being used to form Korps-Abteilung G.

Commanders

General der Infanterie Hans Schmidt (1 Sep 1939 - 1 Jan 1941)
General der Infanterie Walther Hahm (1 Jan 1941 - 27 Aug 1942)
General der Infanterie Dietrich von Choltitz (27 Aug 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
General der Infanterie Walther Hahm (6 Oct 1942 - 9 Nov 1943)
Generalleutnant Robert Schlüter (9 Nov 1943 - 21 Apr 1944)
Generalmajor Günther Klammt (21 Apr 1944 - 9 July 1944)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Hauptmann Hugo Sittmann (26 Aug 1939-20 Apr 1940)
Oberstleutnant Herbert Köstlin (20 Apr 1940-22 Mar 1942)
Oberstleutnant Rolf von Tresckow (Jun 1942-Jul 1944)

Area of operations

Germany (Sep 1939 - June 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (June 1941 - July 1944)

Nicknames

Hirschgeweih (Deer Antlers)
Hörnle

Order of battle (August 1939)

Infanterie-Regiment 460
Infanterie-Regiment 470 (disbanded summer 1943)
Infanterie-Regiment 480
Artillerie-Regiment 260
Pionier-Bataillon 260 (become Heerestruppe Nov 1939, replaced by Pi.Btl 653)
Panzerabwehr-Abteilung 260
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 260
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachrichten-Abteilung 260
Divisions-Nachschubführer 260

Order of battle (Summer 1943)

Grenadier-Regiment 460
Grenadier-Regiment 480
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 260
Feldersatz-Bataillon 260
Artillerie-Regiment 260
Pionier-Bataillon 653
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachrichten-Abteilung 260
Divisions-Nachschubführer 260

Order of battle (April 1944)

Grenadier-Regiment 460
Grenadier-Regiment 470 (reformed Apr 1944)
Grenadier-Regiment 480
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 260
Feldersatz-Bataillon 260
Artillerie-Regiment 260
Pionier-Bataillon 653
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachrichten-Abteilung 260
Divisions-Nachschubführer 260

Generalleutnant Walther Hahm at Uspech, Russia in May 1943
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(Courtesy of Michael Korn)

Sources used

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

Reference material on this unit

T. Gebhardt - Soldaten der 260. Infanterie Division berichten
Wolf van Helden - Tapferkeitaauszeichnungen in der 260. Infanterie Division 1939-1944

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