The 78. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed from 78. Grenadier-Division at Konstanz on 9 October 1944. It fought in southern Poland and Silesia and was redesignated 78. Volks-Sturm-Division in February 1945.

Commanders

Generalmajor Alois Weber (9 Oct 1944 - 1 Dec 1944)
Generalleutnant Harald von Hirschfeld (1 Dec 1944 - 18 Jan 1945)
Generalmajor Wilhelm Nagel (18 Jan 1945 - ? Feb 1945)

Area of operations

Poland (Oct 1944 - Jan 1945)
Silesia (Jan 1945 - Feb 1945)

Holders of high awards

See 78. Volks-Sturm-Division


Memorial at the former Truppenübungsplatz Münsingen to those killed in the 78. Infanterie-Division/Sturm-Division

memorial-inf-div-78
(Courtesy of Unterillertaler)

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

Reference material on this unit

Ludwig Merker - Das Buch der 78. Sturm Division
Karl Tress - Das Infanterie- und Sturm-Regiment 14 im Zweiten Weltkrieg
Fritz Vetter - Die 78. Infanterie  und Sturmdivision 1938-1945: Eine Dokumentation in Bildern

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