The 257. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed on 13 October 1944 from the partially formed 587. Volksgrenadier-Division. It fought in the Saar and surrendered to the US forces at Füssen at the end of the war.


Generalmajor Erich Seidel (13 Oct 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Ernst Linke (25 Oct 1944 – 1945)

Area of operations

Poland (Oct 1944 - Dec 1944)
France & western Germany (Dec 1944 - May 1945)


Berliner Bären-Division (Berlin bear division)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 457
Grenadier-Regiment 466
Grenadier-Regiment 477
Füsilier-Kompanie 257
Artillerie-Regiment 257
Pionier-Bataillon 257
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 257
Nachrichten-Abteilung 257
Feldersatz-Bataillon 257
Versorgungseinheiten 257

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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