The 256. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in September 1944 from the partially formed 568. Volksgrenadier-Division. It fought against the British forces in the Netherlands during the Battle of the Schelde and later it fought in the Saar and Alsace before ending the war near Württemberg.


Generalmajor Gerhard Franz (17 Sep 1944 - ? Mar 1945)
Generalmajor Fritz Warnecke (? Mar 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Area of operations

Netherlands (Sep 1944 - Dec 1944)
Alsace & southern Germany (Dec 1944 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 456
Grenadier-Regiment 476
Grenadier-Regiment 481
Artillerie-Regiment 256
Divisionseinheiten 256

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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