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164th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)

German 164th Infantry Division
164. Infanterie-Division
Active November 1939 – May 1943
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Infantry
Size Division

The 164th Division was a unit of the German: Leichte Afrika Division), with the former remaining in Crete and the latter sent to North Africa. The 164th Light Afrika Division fought at El Alamein and took heavy casualties in the westward retreat. It was sent to Tripoli for rehabilitation, but the necessary resources were not available, so it was sent to Tunisia to build fortifications. It was almost entirely destroyed there, and the remnants were lost in general Axis surrender in May.

Commanding officers

164th infantry division

  • Generalleutnant Konrad Haase, 1 December 1939 – 10 January 1940
  • Generalleutnant Josef Folttmann, 10 January 1940 – 1 January 1942

164th light infantry division

  • Generalleutnant Josef Folttmann, 18 July 1942 – 10 August 1942
  • Generalleutnant Carl-Hans Lungershausen, 10 August 1942 – 15 January 1943
  • Generalmajor Kurt Freiherr von Liebenstein, 15 January 1943 – 12 May 1943

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