NQM Luftwaffe – Fallschirmjaeger and Field Divisions

Fallschirmjäger Divisions

The Fallschirmjäger divisions were  genuinely elite troops and should usually be graded as Veteran in NQM.

BOX 057: Fallschirmjäger link here.

Divisional HQ  including Fallschirmjäger Signal Battalion and Fahrad Aufklärungs Kompanie

Commander (C3) in Kubelwagen or staff car

Signals Vehicle (C3)

Bicycle Recce (R1)

Fallschirmjaeger RHQ with Transport

Fallschirmjäger Regiment HQ x 3

Regimental Commander

Regt Gun (3.7cmm PaK or sPzB 41 )

SdKfz 2 Kettenrad limber* = (CS3)

(These 3 bases together comprise a strength 3 Command Support stand)

Fallschirmjäger Battalion x up to 9

Comd + MMG + 0-1 81 or 50mm Mortar +  0-1 ATk Rifle (CS3)

3 Rifle bases = (F3)

Fallschirmjaeger Abteilung

Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment

RHQ comd (C3)

FOO(O1)

10.5cm Leichtgeshutz 40 (S3) + Kettenrad limber (L3)

7.5cm Gebirgsgeschutz 36 (S3) + Kettenrad limber (L3)

FallschirmJaeger RHQ

Fallschirmjäger FlaK Regiment

 2cm FlaK (S3) + limber may be self propelled or motorised (L3)

8.8cm FlaK (S3) + SdKfz 7 limber (L3)

DAK 606 Flak Abteilung

Fallschirmjäger Anti- Tank Battalion

 7.5cm PaK 40 or 5cm PaK 38 (S3) + Limber (L3)

7.5cm Leichtgeshütz 40 (S3) + Limber (L3)

One gun may be self propelled or a StuG later in the war.



sdkfz2 with 7.5cm recoilless

sdkfz2 with 7.5cm recoilless gun (7.5 cm Leichtgeschütz 40)


Fallschirmjäger Pioneer Battalion

3 Pioneer Stands (E3)

2 Trucks  (L3), or 1 with optional Trailer (L3) replacing 1 truck.


The following Divisions were raised. I have briefly recorded where they fought:

1st – Autumn 1942 Russia, Sicily, Italy including CASSINO.

2nd – Nov 1942 North Afrika as the 2nd Parachute Brigade at ALAMEIN (when it comprised 4 Bns with 3.7cm PaK), Russia,  France

3rd – Late 1943 Normandy, FALAISE, Ardennes, Ruhr.

4th – Jan 1944 ANZIO, Northern Italy

5th – June 1944 Normandy, FALAISE, Ardennes.

6th – June 1944 Normandy, MONS, ARNHEM, RHINE.

7th Air – The original Parachute Division. EBAN EMAL, Greece, Crete, Russia, LENINGRAD. Used to form the 1st Parachute Division in Autumn 1942

7th Fallschirmjaeger – September 1944 ARNHEM, RHINE.

8th – December 1944 REICHSWALD. Never exceeded Regimental strength.

9th – 1940 Holland, Crete.

10th – March 1945. Battlegroup strength only formed from remnants of the 1st and 4th. Danube Valley.


 Field Division (1943 onwards)

Not to be outdone by the SS, Goering created new divisions “imbued with the spirit of National Socialism“. It proved to be a disaster, diverting much needed material and manpower from the Wehrmacht. No-one was surprised. The uniforms were smart though. If you grade Luftwaffe divisions as anything other than green or conscript then you are probably an incurable optimist.

Divisional HQ  including Field Signal Company and Field Fusileer Company

1 Commander (in Kubelwagen or staff car) (C3), 1 Signals Vehicle (C3),  Comd +  2 Rifles (CF3)

Field Infantry Regiment HQ x 2

RHQ Comd, Mortar, 0-1 Atk rifle or panzershreck or 7.5cm/15cm Regt Gun (CS2-3)

Field Infantry Battalion x 6

Comd + MMG + 50mm Mor or LMG (CS3), 3 Rifles (F3)

Field Artillery Regiment

RHQ Comd (C3), FOO (O1), 105mm Divisional gun (S3) + limber (L3)

Field Flak Battalion

BHQ Comd (C3),  20mm FlaK or Flakvierling (S3) + limber (L3)

Field Anti- Tank Battalion

37mm/50mm/75mm/76.2mm Gun (S3) +Limber(L3)

Field Engineer Battalion

Comd + Engineer + Flamethrower (E3), Wagon or Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3)

The short histories of the Luftwaffe Field Divisions are instructive:

1st, 9th, 10th  and 13th – Disbanded after heavy losses incurred in the the retreat from LENINGRAD Jan 1944.

2nd and 3rd – Sent to Army Group Centre. Disbanded early 1944.

4th and 6th – Sent to Army Group Centre. Destroyed at VITEBSK July 1944.

5th – Sent to Army group South. Disbanded after heavy losses incurred in the Soviet 1942/43 Winter Offensive.

7th and 8th- Sent to Army Group Don, Army Detachment Hollindt for the relief of STALINGRAD. Survivors of 7th were absorbed into 15th Field Division; the 8th survivors were disbanded in summer 1943.

11th – Sent to the Agean Islands, then Greece retreating through the Balkans to survive to the end of the war.

12th – Sent to Army Group North, suffering a similar fate to the other Field divisions, but benefitting from reinforcements as the other Field divisions disbanded. Survived to the end of the war.

14th – Sent to Norway. Never saw combat.

15th – Sent to Army group Don, disintegrating after only a few days of action. Count this one as Green. Absorbed survivors of the 7th. Disbanded after the battle of TAGENROG in autumn 1943.

16th – Stationed in Holland.  Sent to Normandy in June 1944 as the 45th Field Infantry Regiment in time to be overrun by the British at CAEN. Survivors eventually went to the 16th Infantry Division.

17th – Posted to the French Atlantic coast. Defended PARIS. Destroyed by the U.S. 1st Army.

18th – Posted to Northern France and Belgium. Defended PARIS. Destroyed in the MONS Pocket.

19th – Served in Holland and Belgium. Transferred to Italy. Incurred heavy casualties. Suvivors transferred to Denmark.

20th – Transferred from Denmark to Ital;y, where it suffered heavy losses and was disbanded  in  1945.

21st – Sent to Army Group North, suffering a similar fate to the other Field divisions, but surviving long enough to end the war in the COURLAND Pocket

22nd – Never fully formed. Never saw combat. Even the Luftwaffe had discerned a pattern by then.

Footnotes

* I have l;imited pictoral evidence that the SdKfz 2 Kettenrad was used as a limber in this way, but I have a couple with no other gainful employment to put into this role.

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