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The 68. Infanterie-Division was formed in August 1939 as part of the 2. Welle (wave) from 3. Infanterie-Division. After suffering heavy losses at Zhitomir, it was was withdrawn to Poland. It was refitted there in February 1944 as part of the 24. Welle from Schatten-Division Demba. The division surrendered to the Red Army in May 1945 at Jägerndorf in the Sudetenland.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Georg Braun (? Aug 1939 - 14 Nov 1941) (KIA) (1)
Generalleutnant Robert Meißner (16 Nov 1941 - 24 Jan 1943)
Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt (24 Jan 1943 - 25 Oct 1943)
Generalleutnant Paul Scheuerpflug (25 Oct 1943 - 8 May 1945)

Area of operations

Poland (Sep 1939 - May 1940)
France (May 1940 - June 1941)
Eastern front, southern sector (June 1941 - Sep 1944)
Slovakia & Poland (Sep 1944 - Jan 1945)
Silesia (Jan 1945 - May 1945)

Nicknames

Brauner Bär (Brown Bear)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army  (5)
- Gebühr, Heinz, 05.12.1944 (4728), Oberstleutnant, Kdr. Gren.Rgt. 196
- Göllner, [first name not listed], 05.01.1942 (634), Oberleutnant, Chef 11./Inf.Rgt. 169
- Sewzik, Willy, 05.01.1942 (635), Oberleutnant, Chef 1./Inf.Rgt. 169
- Siehr, Robert, 18.04.1942 (915), Hauptmann, Abt.Fhr. II./Art.Rgt. 168
- Siehr, Robert, 17.11.1944 (4488), Major, Kdr. Art.Rgt. 168
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (65)
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (2)
- Bosch, Richard, 30.08.1944, Heeres-Werkmeister (K) d.R., Stab/Pz.Jäg.Abt. 168
- Leitzke, Gerhard, 20.04.1945, Major d.R., Nachr.Abt. 168
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (14)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (14)
Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (1)
- 5./Artillerie-Regiment 168
-- Date/Place of Downing: 05.09.1942 bei Golossnowka
-- Award Date: 28.11.1942 (288)

Order of battle (1942)

Grenadier-Regiment 169
Grenadier-Regiment 188
Grenadier-Regiment 196
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 168
Artillerie-Regiment 168
Pionier-Bataillon 168
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 168
Nachrichten-Abteilung 168
Versorgungseinheiten 168

Order of battle (1943-1945)

Grenadier-Regiment 169
Grenadier-Regiment 188
Grenadier-Regiment 196
Füsilier-Bataillon (A.A.) 68
Artillerie-Regiment 168
Pionier-Bataillon 168
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 168
Nachrichten-Abteilung 168
Feldersatz-Bataillon 168
Versorgungseinheiten 168

Notable members

Bruno Sutkus (sniper credited with 209 kills, Lithuanian form of the name is Bronius Sutkus)

Bruno Sutkus
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(Courtesy of Michael)

Footnotes

1. Generalleutnant Georg Braun was killed on 14 November 1941 in Kharkov by partisans.

Sources used

French L. MacLean - Quiet Flows the Rhine: German General Officer Casualties in World War II
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Frhr. von Berlepsch - Die 68. Infanterie Division 1939-1945
Bruno Sutkus - Sniper Ace: From the Eastern Front to Siberia

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