The 159. Reserve-Division was formed in October 1942 from Division Nr. 159. It was stationed in France and took part in the occupation of Vichy France. Early in 1944 it was stationed in southwestern France and after the Allied landings it withdrew with heavy losses. It was redesignated 159. Infanterie-Division in October 1944.


Generalleutnant Hermann Meyer-Rabingen (? Oct 1942 - 20 June 1944)
Generalmajor Axel Schmidt (20 June 1944 - 8 Sep 1944)
Generalleutnant Albin Nake (8 Sep 1944 - 10 Oct 1944)

Area of operations

Germany (Oct 1942 - Nov 1942)
France (Nov 1942 - Oct 1944)

Order of battle

Reserve-Grenadier-Regiment 9
Reserve-Grenadier-Regiment 251
Reserve-Artillerie-Abteilung 9
Reserve-Pionier-Bataillon 15
Reserve-Divisions-Nachschubführer 1059

Generalleutnant Hermann Meyer-Rabingen together with Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel during a visit to the Indische Legion on 10 February 1944
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Sources used

Andris J. Kursietis - The Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - Hitler's Legions: The German Army Order of Battle World War II
George F. Nafziger - The German Order of Battle: Infantry in World War II
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

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