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47th Volksgrenadier Division
Active 1944-1945
Country Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Volksgrenadier
Size Division
Engagements Second World War

The 47th Volksgrenadier Division was a volksgrenadier division of the Heer (German Army) during the Second World War, active from 1944 to 1945.

Operational history[edit | edit source]

The division was formed in Denmark in September 1944, by redesignating the 577. Volksgrenadier-Division, under the command of Lieutenant General Max Bork.[1]

In mid-November, the division was ordered just east of the village of Gressnich, now part of Stolberg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Field Marshal, believing the division to be inexperienced, moved them out of the way of the American Ninth Army.[2]

It remained in action on the Western Front, until it was destroyed in March 1945.[1]

Commanders[edit | edit source]

  • Lieutenant General Max Bork (18 Sep 1944 - Feb 1945)
  • Colonel von Grundherr (Mar 1945 - Apr 1945)
  • Colonel Langesee (Apr 1945)
  • Major General Hauser (1945)

Components[edit | edit source]

  • 103rd Grenadier Regiment
  • 104th Grenadier Regiment
  • 115th Grenadier Regiment
  • 147th Artillery Regiment
  • 147th (Bicycle) Fusilier Company
  • 147th Pioneer Battalion
  • 147th Anti-tank Battalion (mot)
  • 147th Signals Battalion
  • 147th Field-replacement Battalion

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "47. Volksgrenadier-Division". Axis History Factbook. 6 September 2008. http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=808. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  2. Miller, Edward G. (2003). A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945. Texas A&M University Press. 

See also[edit | edit source]

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