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The 215. Infanterie-Division was formed on 26 August 1939 and was destroyed in West Prussia in April 1945.

Commanders

General der Infanterie Baptist Knieß (? Aug 1939 - 12 Nov 1942)
Generalleutnant Bruno Frankewitz (12 Nov 1941 - 6 Apr 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Hielscher (1939-Jun 1941)
Major Ernst Eggert (1941-Aug 1941)
Oberstleutnant Max von Cranach (Aug 1941-Oct 1941)
Oberstleutnant Walter Schelm (17 Oct 1941-30 Jun 1944)
Oberstleutnant Alexander Praetorious (30 Jun 1944-10 Apr 1945)

Area of operations

Germany (Sep 1939 - May 1940)
France (May 1940 - Dec 1941)
Eastern front, northern sector (Dec 1941 - Oct 1944)
Kurland pocket (Oct 1944 - Mar 1945)
West Prussia (Mar 1945 - Apr 1945)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (4)
- Heyen, Martin, 04.12.1944, Unteroffizier, Truppführer i. d. 2./Gren.Rgt. 435
- Hirt, Otto, 13.11.1944, Oberfeldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 2./Gren.Rgt. 390
- Kayser, Walter, 12.04.1945, Hauptmann d.R., Kp.Chef 6./Gren.Rgt. 390
- Spinner, Philipp, 13.01.1945, Obergefreiter, 3./Gren.Rgt. 390
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (1)
- Knaus, Karl, 27.05.1943 (1802), Oberfeldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 14./Gren.Rgt. 435
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (75)
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (32)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (24)
Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (1)
- 4./Infanterie-Regiment 380
-- Date/Place of Downing: 16.03.1942 bei Dymno
-- Award Date: 19.06.1942 (151)

Order of battle (1939)

Infanterie-Regiment 380 (from Ausbildungsleiter Heilbronn)
Infanterie-Regiment 390 (from Ausbildungsleiter Pforzheim)
Infanterie-Regiment 435 (from Ausbildungsleiter Ludwigsburg)
Artillerie-Regiment 215
Divisionseinheiten 215

Order of battle (1944)

Grenadier-Regiment 380
Grenadier-Regiment 390
Grenadier-Regiment 435
Artillerie-Regiment 215
Divisionseinheiten 215

Sources used

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

Reference material on this unit

Walter Schelm & Dr. Hans Mehrle - Von den Kämpfen der 215. württembergisch badischen Infanterie Division
Konrad Zeller, Hans Mehrle & Theodor Glauner - Weg und Schicksal der 215. württembergisch badischen Infanterie Division 1936-1945: Eine Dokumentation in Bildern

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