The 148. Infanterie-Division was formed on 18 September 1944 by the redesignation of the 148. Reserve-Division.
It surrendered to the the Brazilian 1st Division of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (Força Expedicionária Brasileira) in Italy in April 1945. Brazilian soldiers commented on the German surrender: "It was beautiful; they saluted, and left their guns by the roadside." (1) and "They kept their discipline until the very end." (1)


Generalleutnant Otto Fretter-Pico (18 Sep 1944 - 28 Apr 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Major Hellmuth Kuehn (18 Sep 1944-1945)

Area of operations

France (Sep 1944 - Oct 1944)
Italy (Oct 1944 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 281
Grenadier-Regiment 285
Grenadier-Regiment 286
Füsilier-Bataillon 148
Artillerie-Regiment 1048
- I. Abteilung
- II. Abteilung
- III. Abteilung
- IV. Abteilung
Pionier-Bataillon 1048
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 1048
Nachrichten-Abteilung 1048
Feldersatz-Bataillon 1048
Versorgungseinheiten 1048

Generalleutnant Otto Fretter-Pico of 148. Infanterie-Division and General Mario Carloni of 1. Bersaglieri Division Italia surrendering to the Brazilian 1st Division
fretterpico-carloni-brazil(Courtesy of Sívio S. da Fonseca)


1. "Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II" by C.C. Maximiano & R. Bonalume N., page 34.

Sources used

C.C. Maximiano & R. Bonalume N. - Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II
Richardo Bonalume Neto - Brazilian Armor in Italy WW2 (in AFV News Vol 32, No 3)
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

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