Fredleander, you are very unpatient. No need to make statements like you don't get a response from me. Today is my first opportunity to hit the keyboard again.
The 7th Flieger Division only comprised one nearly complete 1st Regiment, a two battalion 'strong' second regiment and a few non-airborne divisional units like PAK, signals, etc., which all originated from regular infantry with exception of half a company airborne Sanitäter
. The Hocke outfit was a composite taskforce, around an airborne nucleus, comprising many non-airborne engineers and (other) specialists. Its losses were modest indeed. No way that the 7th Flieger Division comprised 7,000 airbornes before the invasion in the west. The total number of available airbornes (april/may 1940) was no more than around 4,500 to begin with (7.FD, incl. Hocke), including Ersatz
and including airbornes without jumpschool module.
The figures that UK vet 'Farrar Hockley' apparently came up with, are beloney. He obviously had not a clue (or you mis-quoted him), like many UK/USA based authors, regardless of their profession. I have never seen accurate UK/USA figures on the German airborne/airlanding ops in the Netherlands in 1940, like they still have to cover up one of many Monty blunders like Market Garden, which was a copy-cat operation of the 1940 German landings in the Netherlands.
The losses of FJR.1 (incl. one Ersatz
Kp) alone already hit around 750 men dead and wounded incl. a few POW's taken into the UK. The losses of FJR.2, that only comprised two battalions, where (relatively seen) even higher. Almost the entire 1st Battalion (FJR2) was lost [KIA/WIA/POW] in the battles around the Hague and 6./FJR.2 suffered about half its strength in losses at Valkenburg. The balance of II./FJR.2, that had landed at Waalhaven (south of Rotterdam) saw no battle, since it remained in reserve. Particularly the bad losses at Ypenburg (the Hague area) bore heavy on I./FJR.2. Most of the survivors were so unlucky to be taken to Ymuiden seaport and being shipped to the UK on the 13th and 14th of May 1940. In the Summer of 1940 FJR.2 had to be rebuilt entirely, whereas the building scheme for 7.FD had been that by then three full Jäger Regiments would have existed to fill the first German airborne division.
Sources: To begin with, the Namentliche Verlustmeldungen
of FJR.1 and FJR.2, although much 'cleaned'. For example the Verlustliste
of FJR1 (including the Ersatz Kompanie Moll
) goes to 1,125 men. The sick and (recovered) MIA are deducted from that list to take out impurity.
For a better understanding of the fierce battles that the airbornes fought in the Netherlands (and the severe losses suffered) see: http://www.waroverholland.com