The 340. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in September 1944 from the partially formed 572. Volksgrenadier-Division. It fought near Aachen and the Ardennes (attached to I SS Panzerkorps) and continued to fight the US forces during the retreat into Germany attached to XIII SS Armeekorps until it was destroyed in the Ruhr pocket in April 1945

The divisional staff was used to form the staff of Infanterie-Division Scharnhorst in April 1945.


Generalleutnant Theodor Tolsdorff (1 Sep 1944 - 1 Apr 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Major Hans Voigt (15 Sep 1944 - ? 1945)

Area of operations

Ardennes & Western Germany (Sep 1944 - Apr 1945)

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment 694
Grenadier-Regiment 695
Grenadier-Regiment 696
Füsilier-Kompanie 340
Artillerie-Regiment 340
Pionier-Bataillon 340
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 340
Nachrichten-Abteilung 340
Feldersatz-Bataillon 340
Versorgungseinheiten 340

Notable members

Theodor Tolsdorff (Holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)

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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