(FpN: none assigned)
Gen.Maj. Grossschmidt (Mar 45 - 11 Apr 45)
Gen.Lt. Kurt Kleinrath (12 Apr 45 - 3 May 45)
Formation and History. (Mar 45 - May 45)
Formed March 1945 at Liebenwalde/20 km N of Berlin, Bernau and at Oranienburg airfield to the north of Berlin to control (eventually) Lw.Ausbildungs-Regimenter 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. On formation had three regiments, each of three battalions, totaling around 8,000 men, of which 350 or so were combat-experienced paratroops who were divided among the companies to give the Division some backbone. Shortly after formation, it was thrown into the ground fighting in the Eberwalde-Wriezen area northeast of Berlin. On 21 April it took up positions along the Finow Canal on the right flank of Pz.AOK 3 and was decimated in heavy fighting over the next several days.
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- Grossschmidt not identified; probably an Army (Heer) general.
- G.Tessin- Verbände und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939-1945. Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte; K.Mehner/R.Teuber-Die deutsche Luftwaffe 1939-1945: Führung und Truppe:213; U.Saft- Das Bittere Ende der Luftwaffe: “Wilde Sau” – Sturmjäger – Rammjäger – Todesflieger – “Bienenstock”:134-35 and 143-44.