The 352. Infanterie-Division was formed in Normandy from the disbanded 321. Infanterie-Division. It was destroyed in the fighting in Normandy in July 1944.

Heinrich Severloh inflicted a large number of casualties on the US forces landing on Omaha Beach from a machine gun emplacement known as “Widerstandsnest 62” and was nicknamed the "Beast of Omaha Beach".


Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiß (6 Nov 1943 - ? July 1944)

Area of operations

France (Nov 1943 - July 1944)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 914
Grenadier-Regiment 915
Grenadier-Regiment 916
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 352
Artillerie-Regiment 352
Divisionseinheiten 352

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Unit insignia illustration courtesy of Wikimedia

Reference material on this unit

Heinrich Severloh - WN 62: Erinnerungen an Omaha Beach Normandie, 6. Juni 1944 (Hek Creativ Verlag, 2004)