The 9. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division was formed in October 1942 from Flieger-Regiment 62. Transferred to Heeresgruppe Nord in December 1942, the division manned static positions containing the Soviet-held Oranienbaum pocket. It was transferred to the Heer on 1 November 1943 and redesignated 9. Feld-Division (L). The division was dissolved on 12 February 1944 after being destroyed by the Soviet 2nd Shock Army in its breakout from the Oranienbaum pocket. The remnants were allocated to the 61. Infanterie-Division, 225. Infanterie-Division and 227. Infanterie-Division.

Commanders

Generalmajor Hans Erdmann (8 Oct 1942 - 11 Aug 1943)
Generalmajor Anton-Carl Longin (11 Sep 1943 - 4 Nov 1943)
Generalleutnant Paul Winter (5 Nov 1943 - 25 Nov 1943)
Generalmajor Ernst Michael (25 Nov 1943 - 22 Jan 1944) (KIA) (1)
Generalmajor Heinrich Geerkens (22 Jan 1944 - 24 Jan 1944) (KIA) (2)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Major Egeler (4 Oct 1942 - 9 Dec 1942)
Oberst Heinrich Geerkens (9 Dec 1942 - 1 Nov 1943)
Oberstleutnant Ernst-Friedrich Biehler (1 Nov 1943 - 15 Jan 1944)
Major Günther Laßmann (15 Jan 1944 - 22 Jan 1944)

Area of operations

Germany (Oct 1942 - Dec 1942)
Eastern front, northern sector (Dec 1942 - Feb 1944)

Order of battle (1944)

Stab der Division
Jäger-Regiment 17 (L)
Jäger-Regiment 18 (L)
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 9 (L)
Artillerie-Regiment 9 (L)
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 9 (L)
Pionier-Bataillon 9 (L)
Nachrichten-Kompanie 9 (L)
Versorgungstruppen 9 (L)

Footnotes

1. Oberst Michael was killed on 22 Jan 1944 at Tuganitzky. He was promoted posthumously to the rank of Generalmajor.
2. The commander of Jäger-Regiment 17 (L), Oberst Geerkens was killed on 24 Jan 1944 at Valassowa while leading the division. He was promoted posthumously to the rank of Generalmajor.

Sources used

Andris J. Kursietis - The Fallen Generals: The destruction of the German Officer Corps in World War II and its aftermath
Antonio Muñoz - Göring’s Grenadiers: The Luftwaffe Field Divisions, 1942-1945
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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