12th Luftwaffe Field Division (Germany)

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12.Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
12th Luftwaffe Field Division
Active 1942 – May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Type Luftwaffe Field Division infantry
Size 4,000 - 12.000 men
Engagements

World War II

12.Luftwaffen-Feld-Division was formed within the German Nazi Luftwaffe Field Division at the end of 1942, from Flieger-Regiment 12, and assigned to Army Group North in early 1943.[1]

Wehrmacht

It was transferred from the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) to the Wehrmacht (German Army) on 1 November 1943.[1] To better distinguish it in post-war literature, the division is called 12.Feld-Division(L); however, an official renaming did not occur.[2]

Battles[edit]

The division suffered heavy losses during the retreat from Leningrad,[1] it took part in the retreat to Latvia and in the battles of the Courland Pocket.[1] In April 1944 the 13th Luftwaffe Field Division was incorporated in the division, it was withdrawn to East Prussia where it surrendered in the area of Danzig/Gotenhafen in May 1945.[1]

Order of battle[edit]

12. Feld-Division (L) 1944:

  • Jäger-Regiment 23 (L)
  • Jäger-Regiment 24 (L)
  • Jäger-Regiment 25 (L)
  • Artillerie-Regiment 12 (L)
  • Füsilier-Battaillon 12 (L)
  • Panzerjäger-Abteilung 12 (L)[a]
  • Pioneer-Battaillon 12 (L)[b]
  • Nachrichten-Abteilung 12 (L)[c]
  • Feldersatz-Battaillon 12 (L)[d]
  • Divisionseinheiten 12 (L)[e]

Commanders[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tank Destroyer Battalion
  2. ^ Engineer Battalion
  3. ^ Division News Department
  4. ^ Field Replacement Battalion
  5. ^ Other division units to include divisional supply troops, management services, bakery/butchery services and medical services

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "12. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division". Axis History. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "12. Feld-Division (L)". Lexikon Der Wehrmacht. Retrieved 21 April 2014.