The 5. Infanterie-Division was formed in Ulm on 15 October 1935 the cover name Kommandant von Ulm. The infantry regiments were formed from 14. (Badisches) Infanterie-Regiment of 5. Division of the Reichwehr. It was mobilized in August 1939 as part of the 1. Welle (wave). On 1 December 1941, it was reorganized and redesignated 5. Leichte Infanterie-Division.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Eugen Hahn (15 Oct 1935 - 10 Aug 1938) (died)
General der Artillerie Wilhelm Fahrmbacher (15 Aug 1938 - 25 Oct 1940)
General der Infanterie Karl Allmendinger (25 Oct 1940 - 1 Dec 1941)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Rudolf Hofmann (15 Oct 1935 - 12 Oct 1937)
Oberstleutnant Johannes Gittner (12 Oct 1937 - 23 Oct 1939)
Oberstleutnant Eberhard Finckh (Oct 1939 - Apr 1940)
Major Helmuth Schultze (Apr 1940 – 1 Dec 1941)

Area of operations

Poland (Sep 1939 - May 1940)
France (May 1940 - June 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (June 1941 - Nov 1941)
France (Nov 1941 - Dec 1941)

Nicknames and Honor titles

Infanterie-Regiment 14 was given the title Infanterie-Regiment Konstanz 1 October 1934 but was redesignated 15 October 1935.

Holders of high awards

See 5. Jäger-Division

Order of battle (1939)

Infanterie-Regiment 14 (1)
Infanterie-Regiment 56
Infanterie-Regiment 75
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
Artillerie-Regiment 5
- I. Abteilung
- II. Abteilung
- III. Abteilung
- I./Artillerie-Regiment 41 (2)
Beobachtungs-Abteilung 5 (3)
Pionier-Bataillon 5
Panzerabwehr-Abteilung 5
Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
Feldersatz-Bataillon 5
Versorgungseinheiten 5

Notable members

Horst Niemack (Post-war Brigadegeneral d.R. in the West German Bundeswehr, chairman of the German Olympic Committee, part of the German equestrian Olympics team four times post-war)


Footnotes

1. Transferred to the 78. Infanterie-Division in November 1941.
2. Redesignated IV./Artillerie-Regiment 5 on 1 December 1941.
3. Released from the division in December 1939 and designated Heerestruppe.

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939

Reference material on this unit

Adolf Reinicke - Die 5. Jäger Division 1939-1945
Gert Sievert - Ende und Erbe der 5. Infanterie  und Jäger Division
Helmut Thumm - Der Weg der 5. Infanterie und Jäger Division 1921-1945 (Bildband)
Karl Tress - Das Infanterie- und Sturm-Regiment 14 im Zweiten Weltkrieg

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