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The 93. Infanterie-Division was formed at Truppenübungsplatz Jüterborg in September 1939 as part of the 5th welle (wave) and was equipped with captured Czech equipment. The Infanterie-Regiment 271 was formed largely of men from the SA-Standarte Feldherrnhalle.
The Grenadier-Regiment 271 "Feldherrnhalle" was detached in February 1943 to reform 60. Infanterie-Division (mot) into Panzergrenadier-Division Feldherrnhalle.
It was destroyed in East Prussia in March 1945.

Commanders

General der Pionere Otto Tiemann (1 Sep 1939 - 1 May 1943)
Generalleutnant Gottfried Weber (1 May 1943 - 31 May 1943)
General der Pionere Otto Tiemann (31 May 1943 - ? Sep 1943)
General der Artillerie Horst von Mellenthin (? Sep 1943 - 1 Oct 1943)
Generalleutnant Karl Löwrick (1 Oct 1943 - 20 June 1944)
Generalleutnant Erich Hofmann (20 June 1944 - 27 July 1944)
Oberst Hermann (27 July 1944 - 1 Sep 1944)
Generalmajor Kurt Domansky (1 Sep 1944 - ? Mar 1945)

Area of operations

West Wall (Sep 1939 - May 1940)
France (May 1940 - June 1941)
Eastern Front, northern sector (June 1941 - Aug 1943)
Poland (Aug 1943 - Oct 1943)
Eastern Front, northern sector (Oct 1943 - Oct 1944)
Kurland pocket (Oct 1944 - Dec 1944)
East Prussia (Dec 1944 - Mat 1945)

Honor titles

Infanterie-Regiment 271 was given the honour title "Feldherrnhalle" 9 August 1942, for more details see below.

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (11)
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (77)
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (43)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (25) (22 RK + 3 EL)
Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (2)
- 10./Infanterie-Regiment 270
-- Date/Place of Downing: 14.03.1942 bei Schala
-- Award Date: 10.08.1942 (206)
- Stabskompanie/Grenadier-Regiment 273
-- Date/Place of Downing: 08.01.1944 bei Barssuki
-- Award Date: 01.05.1944 (498)

Order of battle (Sep 1939)

Infanterie-Regiment 270
Infanterie-Regiment 271 (given the honour title "Feldherrnhalle" 9 Aug 1942)
Infanterie-Regiment 272
Artillerie-Regiment 193
Pionier-Bataillon 193
Panzerabwehr-Abteilung 193
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachrichten-Abteilung 193
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachschubführer 193

Order of battle (Sep 1943)

Grenadier-Regiment 270
Grenadier-Regiment 272
Grenadier-Regiment 273 (formed from elements of GR 270 & GR 272)
Feldersatz-Bataillon 193
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon (AA) 93
Artillerie-Regiment 193
Pionier-Bataillon 193
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 193
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachrichten-Abteilung 193
Infanterie-Divisions-Nachschubführer 193

Notable members

Arthur Axmann (Reichsjugendführer, leader of the Hitler Jugend, 1940-1945)

Insignia

The "Feldherrnhalle" cuff title was authorized for 271. Infanterie Regiment to illustrate the connections with the SA-Standarte Feldherrnhalle.
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(Courtesy of N & T Global Trading)

The III. Battalion of Infanterie-Regiment 271 was formed from member of the SA-Standarte Feldherrnhalle and in honour of this heritage first this battalion and later the whole regiment and its replacement unit used a SA-standard instead of the normal Heer one.

sa-fhh-standard
(Courtesy of Wikimedia)

Sources used

John R. Angolia & Adolf Schlicht - Uniforms & traditions of the German Army 1933-1945, Vol 3
Joachim Lilla, Martin Döring & Andreas Schulz - Statisten in Uniform: Die Mitglieder des Reichstags 1933-1945
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Dieter Bettinger - Der Einsatz der 93. Infanterie Division im Westen 1939-1940
Kameradschaft der ehem. Ang. der 93.Inf.Div. - Der Weg der 93. Infanterie Division
Rudolf Treffer - Geschichte des Artillerie-Regiments 193 im Verband der 93. Infanterie-Division 1939-45

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