The Infanterie-Division Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (also Reichsarbeitdienst-Division 2) was formed in March 1945 from staff of 251. Infanterie-Division and 7.500 men from the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD). The RAD was to supply up to 1500 lower ranks, 2500 auxiliary trainers and 3500 recruits for each of the three RAD divisions that were ordered to be formed at this time. The auxiliary trainers were former RAD recruits who had remained in the RAD for an additional six or twelve months to train new recruits.
It was captured by the US forces at the end of the war but handed over to the Soviet forces.


Generalleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm von Löper (? Mar 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
Oberst Klein (? Apr 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
Oberst Franz Weller (? Apr 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
Oberst Ludwig Zöller (? Apr 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
Generalleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm von Löper (? Apr 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Alexander Praetorius (10 Apr 1945-May 1945)

Area of operations

Germany (Mar 1945 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment Friedrich Ludwig Jahn 1
Grenadier-Regiment Friedrich Ludwig Jahn 2
Grenadier-Regiment Friedrich Ludwig Jahn 3
Artillerie-Regiment Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
Division-Füsilier-Bataillon Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
Pionier-Bataillon Friedrich Ludwig Jahn

Sources used

Hartmut Heyck - The Reich labour service in peace and war: A survey of the Reichsarbeitsdienst and its predecessors 1920-1945
Andris J. Kursietis - The Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945
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

J. Pechmann - Die RAD-Infanterie-Division "Friedrich Ludwig Jahn": Aufstellung und Einsatz beim Kampf um Berlin April/Mai 1945
Henrik Schulze - 19 Tage Krieg: Die RAD-Infanteriedivision "Friedrich Ludwig Jahn" in der Lücke zwischen 9. und 12. Armee - Die Mark Brandenburg im Frühjahr 1945