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5th Parachute Division (Germany)

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Active  1944–45
Branch  Luftwaffe
Role  Airborne forces
Country  Nazi Germany
Type  Fallschirmjäger
Size  Division
5th Parachute Division (Germany)

The 5th Parachute Division (German: 5. Fallschirmjäger-Division) was an elite Fallschirmjäger (airborne) division of the German Wehrmacht (Luftwaffe) during the Second World War, active from 1944 to 1945.

The division was formed in France in early 1944, commanded by Gustav Wilke and was the last division to receive near full fallschirmjäger training. It contained the 13th, 14th and 15th Fallschirmjäger Regiments, and the 5th Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment.

Only the 15th Regiment was ready during the Battle of Normandy and was attached to 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division in the early stages of the campaign. The rest of the division was slowly committed later in July. It took heavy losses during the campaign and was subsequently withdrawn to the Netherlands to rebuild and refit.

The division notably took part in the Battle of the Bulge and was one of the few German units to achieve its mission objectives.

After withdrawing through Germany, part of the division was captured near the Nürburgring in mid-March 1945, the rest of the division was captured in the Ruhr Pocket in April.

Commanding officer

  • Generalleutnant Gustav Wilke, 1 April 1944 - 23 September 1944
  • Generalmajor Sebastian-Ludwig Heilmann, 23 September 1944 - 12 March 1945
  • Oberst Kurt Gröschke, 12 March 1945 - April 1945
  • References

    5th Parachute Division (Germany) Wikipedia