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The 168. Infanterie-Division was formed in December 1939. In November 1943 it was strengthen with Divisions-Gruppe 223, formed from the remnants of 223. Infanterie-Division. It was destroyed at Baranov in February 1945 and reformed in April 1945.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Wolf Boysen (11 Dec 1939 - 11 Jan 1940)
Generalleutnant Dr. Hans Mundt (11 Jan 1940 - 8 July 1941)
Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiß (8 July 1941 - 9 Mar 1943)
Generalleutnant Walter Chales de Beaulieu (9 Mar 1943 - 1 Dec 1943)
Generalleutnant Werner Schmidt-Hammer (1 Dec 1943 - 8 Sep 1944)
Generalmajor Carl Anders (8 Sep 1944 - 9 Dec 1944)
Generalleutnant Werner Schmidt-Hammer (9 Dec 1944 - 6 Jan 1945)
Generalmajor Dr. Maximilian Roßkopf (6 Jan 1945 - 19 Feb 1945)
Generalleutnant Werner Schmidt-Hammer (? Apr 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Hauptmann Karl Jessel (5 Jan 1940-1 Jan 1941)
Oberst Erich Schmidt-Richberg (1 Jan 1941-15 May 1942)
Major Gerd Pitschmann (May 1942-?)
Oberstleutnant Wilhelm Hilgert (15 Feb 1943-May 1945)

Area of operations

Germany (Jan 1940 - July 1941)
Eastern Front, southern sector (July 1941 - Feb 1944)
Poland (Apr 1944 - Feb 1945)
Eastern Front, central sector (Apr 1945 - May 1945)

Nicknames

Eiserne Division (Iron Division)

Order of battle (1939)

Infanterie-Regiment 417
Infanterie-Regiment 429
leichte Artillerie-Abteilung 248

Order of battle (1940)

Infanterie-Regiment 417
Infanterie-Regiment 429
Infanterie-Regiment 442
Artillerie-Regiment 248
Divisionseinheiten 248

Order of battle (1943)

Divisionsgruppe 223
Grenadier-Regiment 417
Grenadier-Regiment 442
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 168
Artillerie-Regiment 248
Divisionseinheiten 248

Notable members

Wolfgang Bucher (recipient of the German Cross in both Gold and Silver)
Henning von Tresckow (Active in the resistance against Hitler and committed suicide after the failure of the July 20 Plot, the Bundeswehr barracks Henning-von-Tresckow-Kaserne in Oldenburg was named in his honour 1961 and the Henning-von-Tresckow-Kaserne in Geltow in 1992)

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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