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72nd Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

72. Infanterie-Division
German 72nd Infantry Division
Active 19 September 1939 – 8 May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Division
Role Infantry
Nickname(s) Gelbkreuz
Engagements World War II
Decorations References in the Wehrmachtbericht

The 72nd Infantry Division was created on 19 September 1939 in Trier from Grenz-Division Trier, which was a border security unit. It was destroyed on the Eastern front 25 March 1944 and reformed June 1944.

Breakout to Lisyanka.


  • Commanding officers 1
    • References in the Wehrmachtbericht 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3

Commanding officers

  • General der Infanterie Franz Mattenklott, 1 September 1939 – 25 July 1940
  • General der Infanterie Helge Auleb, 25 July 1940 – 4 September 1940
  • General der Infanterie Franz Mattenklott, 4 September 1940 – 6 November 1940
  • Generalleutnant Philipp Müller-Gebhard, 6 November 1940 – 10 July 1942
  • Generalmajor Curt Souchay, 10 July 1942 – 24 November 1942
  • Generalleutnant Philipp Müller-Gebhard, 24 November 1942 – 17 February 1943
  • Generalleutnant Ralph Graf von Oriola, 17 February 1943 – 3 May 1943
  • Generalleutnant Philipp Müller-Gebhard, 3 May 1943 – 1 November 1943
  • Generalleutnant Erwin Menny, 1 November 1943 – 20 November 1943
  • Generalleutnant Dr. Hermann Hohn, 20 November 1943 – 25 March 1944
  • Generalmajor Karl Arning, 10 June 1944 – 19 June 1944
  • General der Kavallerie Gustav Harteneck, 19 June 1944 – 1 July 1944
  • Generalleutnant Dr. Hermann Hohn, 1 July 1944 – 20 April 1945
  • Generalleutnant Hugo Beißwänger, 20 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

References in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
6 December 1943 In diesem Frontabschnitt hat sich die moselländische 72. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Oberst Hohn zusammen mit Teilen der SS-Panzerdivision "Wiking" und Einheiten der 10. Flakdivision durch vorbildliche kämpferische Haltung in den tagelang hin und her wogenden Kämpfen besonders ausgezeichnet. The Moselle 72nd Infantry Division in this section of the front has particularly distinguished itself. Led by Colonel Hohn, together with parts of the SS Panzer Division "Wiking" and units of the 10th Anti-Aircraft Division, this division has shown exemplary fighting spirit in the battles over the past days, which swayed back and forth.
19 August 1944 (Addendum) In den schweren Abwehrkämpfen im großen Weichselbogen haben sich die unter dem Befehl des Generals der Infanterie Recknagel stehenden fränkisch-sudetendeutsche 88. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalmajor Graf von Rittberg und die hessisch-moselländische 72. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalmajors Hohn durch unerschütterlichen Kampfesmut und kühnes Draufgängertum ausgezeichnet.[1] In the fierce defensive battles in the great bend of the Vistula, the under the command of General of Infantry Graf von Rittberg and the Hessian-Moselle 72nd Infantry Division under the leadership of Major General Hohn, have excelled themselves by showing unshakeable courage in battle and bold recklessness.

See also


  1. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 209.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.
External links
  • Wendel, Marcus (2004). "72. Infanterie-Division".
  • "72. Infanterie-Division". German language article at Retrieved March 17, 2008.

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