6th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

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The 6th Infantry Division (6. Infanterie-Division) was a unit of the German Army during World War II.


Formed in October 1934 from Infanterieführer VI in Bielefeld, the division was mobilized on 26 August 1939 for the upcoming invasion of Poland. At that time, it consisted of the usual German infantry division elements: three infantry regiments of three battalions each, one three-battalion regiment of light artillery, one battalion of heavy artillery (from a separate artillery regiment, but attached to the particular division), a Panzerjäger (anti-tank) Battalion, a reconnaissance (Aufklärungs) Battalion, a Signals Battalion, a Pioneer (Engineer) Battalion, and divisional supply, medical, and administrative units. When the Soviets launched Operation Bagration on 23 June 1944, the division was surrounded during the Bobruysk Offensive and completely destroyed. On 25 July 1944, the division was recreated 6. Grenadier-Division and renamed in 6. Volksgrenadier-Division (9 October 1944). The division was destroyed during the Soviet Vistula–Oder Offensive in January 1945 and reestablished as 6. Infanterie-Division (10 March 1945) using elements of Shadow Division Dresden.

Commanding officers

General der Pioniere Walter Kuntze, 15 May 1935 Generalleutnant Arnold Freiherr von Biegeleben, 1 March 1938 Generalleutnant Helge Auleb, 14 October 1940 Generalleutnant Horst Großmann, 25 January 1942 Generalleutnant Egon von Neindorff, 16 December 1943 Oberst Alexander Conrady, 12 January 1944 Oberst Günther Klammt, 19 January 1944 Generalleutnant Hans-Walter Heyne, 1 June 1944 Generalleutnant Otto-Hermann Brücker, until 4 May 1945 Generalmajor Friedrich-Wilhelm Liegmann, 4 May 1945
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