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The 132. Infanterie-Division was formed in October 1940 near Landshut from elements of 263. Infanterie-Division, 268. Infanterie-Division and the non-motorized elements of 27. Infanterie-Division. It surrendered to the Soviet Red Army in Courland at the end of the war.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Rudolf Sintzenich (5 Oct 1940 - 11 Jan 1942)
General der Artillerie Fritz Lindemann (11 Jan 1942 - 12 Aug 1943)
Generalleutnant Herbert Wagner (12 Aug 1943 - 8 Jan 1945)
Generalmajor Rudolf Demme (8 Jan 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Hans Haas (Oct 1940-Nov 1941)
Major Hans von Beeltzig (Nov 1941-6 Sep 1942)
Oberstleutnant Heinz Geyer (6 Sep 1942-25 Sep 1944)
Oberstleutnant Albert Schneider (25 Sep 1944-25 Mar 1945)
Major Heinrich Dechamps (25 Mar 1945-8 May 1945)

Area of operations

Germany (Oct 1940 - June 1941)
Eastern front, northern sector (June 1941 - Oct 1944)
Kurland pocket (Oct 1944 - May 1945)

Combat Rating

The division was rated suited for limited offensive missions ("Zu begrenzten Angriffsaufgaben geeignet") on 30 March 1942. At this time it had an average Schützen-Kp strength of 60-70 men, and full divisional artillery.

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (5)
- Bauer, Matthias, 26.01.1945, Feldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 2./Div.Füs.Btl. (AA) 132
- Huber, Josef, 11.12.1944, Feldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 7./Gren.Rgt. 438
- Moll, Karl, 20.04.1945, Feldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 6./Gren.Rgt. 438
- Prüfer, Willi, 20.04.1945, Unteroffizier, Gruppenführer i. d. 6./Gren.Rgt. 438
- Steiner, Ludwig, 11.12.1944, Oberfeldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 7./Gren.Rgt. 438
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (7)
- Feld, Alois, 18.04.1942 (932), Obergefreiter, Pz.Jg.Abt. 132
- Friedrich, Kurt, 21.06.1942 (1043), Leutnant, Kp.Fhr. 5./Inf.Rgt. 436
- Harteis, Georg, 25.11.1944 (4592), Oberfähnrich, Kp.Fhr. 4./Gren.Rgt. 437
- Hollerbach, Willi, 21.06.1942 (1051), Oberleutnant, Chef 9./Inf.Rgt. 438
- Jost, Jakob, 05.11.1944 (4390), Oberwachtmeister, 2./Art.Rgt. 132
- Kummermehr, Philipp, 25.11.1944 (4568), Oberfeldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 1./Div.Füs.Btl. 132
- Wagner, Herbert, 17.08.1944 (3723), Generalleutnant, Kdr. 132. Inf.Div.
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (1)
- Attached:
-- Jagodnik, Otto, 19.07.1942 (181), Gefreiter, 6./Art.Lehr-Rgt. (mot) 2
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (76)
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (36)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (14)
Holders of the Romanian Order of Michael the Brave, 3rd Class (Orden “Michael der Tapfere” III. Klasse) (1)
- Lindemann, Fritz, Königlichen Dekrets Nr. 1362 / 08.05.1942, Generalmajor, Kdr. 132. Inf.Div.
Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army  (1)
- 5./Infanterie-Regiment 436
- Date/Place of Action: 19.05.1942 bei Kertsch
- Award Date: 21.06.1942 / Vorschlagsbuch (1060)
Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (4)
- 8./Infanterie-Regiment 437
-- Date/Place of Downing: 20.03.1942 bei Nowo-Michailowka
-- Award Date: 19.07.1942 (186)
- 11./Grenadier-Regiment 436
-- Date/Place of Downing: 31.07.1942 bei Eltigen
-- Award Date: 16.08.1943 (376)
- II./Grenadier-Regiment 436
-- Date/Place of Downing: 31.07.1942 bei Stary Karantin
-- Award Date: 16.08.1943 (377)
- 3./Grenadier-Regiment 436
-- Date/Place of Downing: 04.07.1944 bei Rasinki
-- Award Date: 00.00.0000 (580)

Order of battle (1940)

Infanterie-Regiment 436
Infanterie-Regiment 437
Infanterie-Regiment 438
Artillerie-Regiment 132
Divisionseinheiten 132

Order of battle (1943)

Grenadier-Regiment 436
Grenadier-Regiment 437
Grenadier-Regiment 438
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 132
Artillerie-Regiment 132
Divisionseinheiten 132

Notable members

Fritz Lindemann (Active in the resistance against Hitler and died of wounds recieved during his arrest following the failure of the July 20 Plot)

Sources used

BA-MA RH2/427
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Gottlob Herbert Bidermann - In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front
Gottlob Herbert Bidermann - Krim Kurland mit der 132. Infanterie Division 1941-1945
Gottlob Herbert Bidermann - ....und litt an meiner Seite: Geschichte der 132. Inf.Div. in Bildern und Dokumenten

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