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11. Infanterie-Division
11th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht) Badge

Badge of the 11th Infantry Division
Country Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Branch Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Army
Allegiance Adolf Hitler
Service history
Active 1934—1945
Role Infantry
Size Division
Part of Wehrkreis I
Nickname "Fire-Fighters"
Battles Siege of Leningrad
Battle of Zoltsy
Battle of Lake Ladoga
Narva
Battle of Pernau
Battle of Riga
Courland Pocket
Commanders
Insignia

The 11th Infantry Division or (11. Infanterie-Division) was an infantry division of the Wehrmacht that participated in World War II.

HistoryEdit

The 2nd Infantry Regiment in 1934 was expanded to a divisional sized unit, thus becoming the 11th Infantry Division. In 1934 the 11th division was formed in Allenstein which remained their DHQ under Wehrkreis I (East Prussia). In 1939 the division participated in the Polish Campaign as part of the 3rd Army within Army Group North. In January 1940 as preparation for the Battle of France the 11th Field Replacement Battalion was redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 364th Infantry Regiment within the 161st Infantry Division.

In May 1940 the division took part in the Battle of France and later the occupation until March 1941 when it returned to East Prussia where it took part of Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. The division remained on the Eastern Front until the end. The division took part in the following battles: Siege of Leningrad, Battle of Zoltsy, and Battle of Lake Ladoga. By the fall of 1944 the division was still based on the Courland Pocket. By May 1945 most of the division had been evacuated. The division was chosen to leave because it had fought so good and left almost six attempts for the division to be surrendered.

After rebuilding in Greece, the division was reduced from nine to six grenadier battalions. After reforming the division was again sent to the Eastern Front where it fought in: Battle of Narva, Battle of Pernau, Battle of Riga, Courland Pocket.

OrganisationEdit

1934Edit

1939Edit

  • Divisional Staff
  • 11th Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 2nd Infantry Regiment
  • 23rd Infantry Regiment
  • 44th Infantry Regiment
  • 11th Field Repalcement Battalion
  • 11th Artillery Regiment
  • 47th Artillery Regiment
  • 11th Panzerjäger Battalion
  • 11th Engineer Battalion
  • 11th Observation Battalion
  • 11th News Battalion
  • 11th Supply Column

CommandersEdit

SourcesEdit

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