5. Luftwaffen-Felddivision

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AJK
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5. Luftwaffen-Felddivision

Post by AJK » 02 Jun 2021 03:12

In November 1943, the 5. Luftwaffen-Felddivision was absorbed into the army (Heer) as 5. Feld-Division (L). At that time the Division commander, Oberst Hans-Bruno Schulze-Heyn, left the unit. It would appear that he was replaced by a Heer officer, but I have been unable to track down who it was. In March 1944, Generalleutnant Botho Graf von Hülsen was appointed to command the Division, and held command until it was disbanded in May 1944. Can anyone provide the name of the Division commander between November 1943 - March 1944?

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Re: 5. Luftwaffen-Felddivision

Post by Larry D. » 03 Jun 2021 14:37

None, AJK.

5th Lw.-Felddivision existed in name only following the heavy losses around Melitopol in October. The remnants were pulled back to the area south of Nikolayev on the east bank of the Bug River where more than half of its units were formally disbanded while the remainder operated piecemeal along side other units belonging to Befehlshaber West-Taurien. Now part of the Heer, 5. Felddivision (L) began rebuilding and in January 1944 was formally attached to 79. Infanterie-Div. and thus under its command. On 10 March 1944, it had been sufficiently rebuilt and could once stand on its own. This is the date Heeres Generalmajor Botho Graf von Hülsen assumed command.

[See Muñoz, Göring's Grenadiers, loc cit, p.59.]

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Re: 5. Luftwaffen-Felddivision

Post by AJK » 03 Jun 2021 14:45

Thank you, Larry, for the explanation - much appreciated.

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