The 272. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in September 1944 from the partially formed 575. Volksgrenadier-Division. It fought on the Western Front, seeing action in the Huertgen Forest, the Bulge and the Roer River. It was destroyed in the Ruhr pocket in April 1945.


Oberst Eugen Koßmala (17 Sep 1944 - 13 Dec 1944)
Generalleutnant Eugen König (13 Dec 1944 - 18 Apr 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Major Gerhard Höptner (17 Sep 1944 - 30 Dec 1944)
Major Hans-Wilhelm Uhl (30 Dec 1944 - Apr 1945)

Area of operations

Western Germany (Sep 1944 - Apr 1945)


Pferdeköpfe-Division (Horse head division)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 980
Grenadier-Regiment 981
Grenadier-Regiment 982
Füsilier-Kompanie 272
Artillerie-Regiment 272
Pionier-Bataillon 272
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 272
Nachrichten-Abteilung 272
Feldersatz-Bataillon 272
Versorgungseinheiten 272

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

Douglas E. Nash - Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp: With the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the Huertgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich

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