(FpN: L 37181; Stabsstaffel: L 22410)
Gen.d.Fallschirmtruppe Kurt Student (1 Sep 38 - 14 May 40)
Gen.Maj. Richard Putzier (27 May 40 - 30 Sep 40)
Gen.Lt. Wilhelm Süssmann (1 Oct 40 - 20 May 41) KIA
Oberst Alfred Sturm, acting (20 May 41 - 30 May 41)
Gen.Lt. Erich Petersen (1 Oct 41 - 31 Jul 42)
Gen.Lt. Richard Heidrich (1 Aug 42 - 30 Apr 43)
Formation. (Sep 38)
Formed 1 September 1938 in Berlin for the paratroop branch of the Luftwaffe as the tactical headquarters and staff for these forces.
Germany. (Sep 38 - Mar 40)
1 Sep 39: Stab at Wahlstatt. At this time the Division consisted of two subordinate parachute regiments (FjR 1 and 2) and attached support forces. There was next to no employment of paratroops during the campaign in Poland aside from two battalions that were air-transported into Poland during the last few days of the campaign.
Occupation of Denmark and Norway. (Apr 40)
9 Apr 40: a few separate companies of paratroops took part in the campaign that began this date. They were used to seize airfields prior to the arrival of troops aboard transport aircraft.
Attack on France and the Low Countries. (May 40 - Jun 40)
10 May 40: Division paratroops and support forces played a vital role in seizing key bridges and fortifications along the Albert Canal in Belgium and around Rotterdam in Holland, to mention only the most important.
Balkan Campaign. (Apr 41 - May 41)
6 Apr – 31 May 41: airborne and glider operations along the Corinth Canal in Greece and during the large scale invasion of Crete that commenced on 20 May.
North and Central Russia. (Jun 41 - spring 42)
Fall 41: Stabsstaffel 7. Fliegerdivision renamed Transportstaffel XI. Fliegerkorps and replaced with a Stabskette.
Winter 1941/42- Spring 42: paratroops fought as company- and battalion-size infantry units on the Leningrad front, around Lake Ilmen and along the front between Smolensk and Moscow, then transferred to France.
France. (1942 - Apr 43)
18 Aug 42: Fi 156 belonging to the Stab crashed and burned after take-off on a planned flight from Cerisi to Belle Etoile, 100%, Obstlt.i.G. Graf von Üxküll-Gyllenbrand and one other both killed.
1 May 43: Division refitted and expanded at Avignon in South France and renamed 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division.
Aufklärungsstaffel 7. Fliegerdivision
See under Aufklärungs- units.
Transportstaffel 7. Fliegerdivision
See under Transport- units.
© H.L. deZeng IV, 2023
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- The identity of the Division commander from 31 May 41 to 30 Sep 41 has not been determined.
- 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.
- U.Balke-KG 2/Teil 1:390; R.Edwards- German Airborne Troops:135-36.
- N.Kannapin- Feldpostübersicht.
- BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs).
- Tessin; Edwards.