Infanteriedivision Potsdam

Berlin

Infanteriedivision Potsdam

Festungs Harz 

The Infanteriedivision Potsdam was formed 29 March 1945 from training and replacement units at Truppenübungsplatz Döberitz (Military Training Ground Döberitz) based around a cadre from the destroyed 85. Infanteriedivision, it was also briefly designated 85. Infanteriedivision before being given the name Potsdam on 4 April 1945. 

From 8 April 1945, with the division still forming, individual units began being transferred by train to the Harz Mountains. There, they became part of Festungs Harz and were deployed in the area between Wernigerode and Quedlinburg. Due the chaotic nature of the front and the gradual deployment of the division, the different elements were used separately as they arrived at the front, with many of them suffering heavy losses. On 20 April 1945, after the division had taken heavy loses, the division commander dismissed his men and the division broke up. 

The division was named after the town of Potsdam.

Surviving elements of the division were used to form the Füsilier-Bataillon in Infanteriedivision Scharnhorst.

Commanders

Generalmajor Gustav-Adolf von Wulffen (29 Mar 1945 - 18 Apr 1945) 

Area of operations

Western Germany (Mar 1945 - Apr 1945) 

US attacks on Festungs Harz

Berlin

Order of battle

Grenadier-Regiment Potsdam 1

Grenadier-Regiment Potsdam 2

Grenadier-Regiment Potsdam 3

Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon Potsdam

Panzerjäger-Abteilung Potsdam

Artillerie-Regiment Potsdam

Pionier-Bataillon Potsdam


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Last Updated On Thursday, August 20, 2015