The 246. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in September 1944 from the partially formed 565. Volksgrenadier-Division. It relieved 116. Panzer-Division at Aachen on 7 October and was forced to surrender two weeks later.

It was reformed in November and absorbed elements of the disbanded 49. Infanterie-Division. It returned to the Aachen area before the heavy fighting in the Huertgen forest where it suffered heavy losses. It continued fighting the US Army until the end of the war when it surrendered near Frankfurt am Main.


Oberst Gerhard Wilck (? Sep 1944 - 21 Oct 1944)
Generalmajor Peter Körte (? Nov 1944 - 1 Jan 1945)
Oberst List (1 Jan 1945)
Generalmajor Dr. Walter Kühn (1 Jan 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Major Rolf Heyd (1 Sep 1944-10 Oct 1944)
Major Walter Hiltrop (10 Oct 1944-1945)

Area of operations

France & Western Germany (Sep 1944 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 352
Grenadier-Regiment 404
Grenadier-Regiment 689
Artillerie-Regiment 246
Divisionseinheiten 246

Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model visiting 246. Volksgrenadier-Division in October 1944
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Sources used

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

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