The 286. Sicherungs-Division was formed from parts of 213. Infanterie-Division in March 1941. It served mainly behind the front lines but defended against the Soviet summer offensive of 1944 when it suffered very heavy losses.
It was used to form 286. Infanterie-Division in December 1944.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Kurt Müller (15 Mar 1941 - 15 June 1942)
Generalleutnant Johann-Georg Richert (15 June 1942 - 1 Nov 1943)
Generalleutnant Hans Oschmann (1 Nov 1943 - 5 Aug 1944)
Generalleutnant Friedrich-Georg Eberhardt (5 Aug 1944 - 17 Dec 1944)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Hauptmann Walter Schelm (1941-Oct 1941)
Major Leo Jungmann (Oct 1941-1943)

Area of operations

Germany (Mar 1941 - June 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (June 1941 - Dec 1944)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (1)
- Schümann, Joachim, 07.09.1944, Hauptmann, II./Art.Rgt. 213
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (1)
- Oschmann, Hans, 17.11.1944, Generalmajor, Kdr. 286. Sich.Div.

Order of battle

Sicherungs-Regiment 61
Sicherungs-Regiment 122
III./Polizei-Regiment 8
II./Artillerie-Regiment 213  

Osttruppen attached to 286.Sicherungs-Division (5 Sep 1943)

Ost-Bataillon 601 (4 Kompanien)
Ost-Bataillon 605 (4 Kompanien)
Ost-Reiter-Schwadron 286
Ost-Nachschub-Kompanie 354

Osttruppen attached to 286. Sicherungs-Division (22 Nov 1943)

Ost-Nachschub-Kompanie 354

Sources used

Research by Jason von Zerneck
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

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