The 62. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed from the partially formed 583. Volksgrenadier-Division in November 1944. It fought on the western front, suffering especially heavy losses in the fighting against the US 9th Infantry-Division at Monschau.
It surrendered in the Ruhr pocket in April 1945.

The Grenadier-Regiment 164 included Hitlerjugend boys from Düsseldorf and the Grenadier-Regiment 183  Hitlerjugend boys from Cologne.

Commanders

Generalmajor Martin Bieber (03 Sep 1944 – 15 Sep 1944)
Generalmajor Friedrich Kittel (01 Oct 1944 – 27 Jan 1945)
Oberst Fritz Warnecke (? – 10 Dec 1944) (1)
Oberst Martin (28 Jan 1945 – 11 Feb 1945) (m.d.F.b.)
Oberst Heitmann (12 Feb 1945 – 08 Mar 1945) (m.d.F.b.)
Oberst Arthur Jüttner (08 Mar 1945 – 17 Apr 1945) (m.d.F.b.)

Area of operations

France & Ardennes (Nov 1944 - Jan 1945)
Western Germany (Jan 1945 - Apr 1945)

Nicknames

Mondsichel mit Kreuz (Moonshine with cross)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (2)
- Hebel, Dietrich, 00.00.1945, Hauptmann, Füs.Btl. 162
- Schwerdt, Kurt, 05.03.1945, Oberleutnant, Gren.Rgt. 164
Holders of the Knight's Cross (6) (5 RK + 1 Sw)
- Swords (1)
-- Jüttner, Arthur [141. Sw] 05.04.1945 Oberst Kdr Gren.Rgt 164
- Knight's Cross (5)
-- Duve, Werner 02.02.1945 Major Führer Gren.Rgt 183
-- Haase, Horst 01.02.1945 Oberleutnant d.R. Führer Pz.Jäg.Kp 1162
-- Hiltensperger, Gottfried 18.02.1945 Feldwebel Zugführer i. d. 4./Gren.Rgt 190
-- Kittel, Friedrich Dipl.-Ing. 09.01.1945 Generalmajor Kdr 62. Volks-Gren-Div
-- Prinz, Kurt 14.04.1945 Oberleutnant Führer I./Gren.Rgt 164

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 164
Grenadier-Regiment 183
Grenadier-Regiment 190
Füsilier-Bataillon 62
Artillerie-Regiment 162
Pionier-Bataillon 162
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 162
Nachrichten-Abteilung 162
Feldersatz-Bataillon 162
Versorgungseinheiten 162

Footnotes

1. While Friedrich Kittel was away from the division for personal reasons Oberst Fritz Warnecke took over command of the division.

Sources used

Hans Holzträger - In a Raging Inferno : Combat Units of the Hitler Youth 1944-45
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
A. Reinicke, H.G. Hermann & Friedrich Kittel - Die Mondscheindivision: Die 62. Infanteriedivision 1938-1944, Die 62. Volksgrenadierdivision 1944-1945
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

A. Reinicke, H.G. Hermann & Friedrich Kittel - Die Mondscheindivision: Die 62. Infanteriedivision 1938-1944, Die 62. Volksgrenadierdivision 1944-1945

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