78. Infanterie Division

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78. Infanterie Division

Postby CNE503 » 28 Aug 2017 09:31

Hello,

An addition to the 78. Infanterie Division history (http://www.axishistory.com/axis-nations ... e-division): it adopted the cover name Kommandostab "Alpenrose" from its arrival in Poland in late April 1941 to the start of operation "Barbarossa".

Source: NARA T315 R1096, file 0661, "Divisions-Befehl vom 22.4.41", which stated:
"1) Tarnbezeichnung:
Das Div.Kdo. erhält ab sofort
die Tarnbezeichnung: Alpenrose
[...]"

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Re: 78. Infanterie Division

Postby CNE503 » 28 Aug 2017 10:38

Concerning the Feldersatz-Bataillon 178, no precise date of creation was given in any source that I read. Only "early 1941" or "Spring 1941".
I found the following in the NARA files T315 R1096:
- on April 18th and 19th, 1941, when the division moved from France to Poland, there was no mention of any field replacement battalion neither in the motorized or railway columns, nor in the "Verteiler" of the divisional orders n°50 and 51/41 that organized the movement;
- on April 24th, 1941, the Feldersatz-Bataillon 178 was mentioned in the Kommandostab "Alpenrose"-Befehl of this day. The battalion was said to be part of the Unterkunftsgruppe "Lowicz".

My guess is that the battalion was created between April 19th and April 24th, 1941. The other possibility is that it was created in Poland prior to the arrival of the division there, but it seems to me less probable.

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