Luftgaustab z.b.V. 200

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Luftgaustab z.b.V. 200

(FpN: L 36018)


Kommandeur:

Gen.Maj. Wilhelm Süssmann (c.8 Mar 40 - c.15 Apr 40)


Formation and History. (Mar 40 - Apr 40)

Formed o/a 8 March 1940 for the forthcoming invasion and occupation of Denmark and Norway, which began on 9 April 1940. This Stab was intended for Norway, and on 6 April the main body departed Swinemünde aboard the cruiser Blucher bound for Oslo where it was to be responsible for the initial development of the airfields and ground servicing and support organization in Norway. On the passage through Oslo Fjord during the morning of 9 April, the Blucher was torpedoed with heavy loss of life to Luftgaustab z.b.V. 200. Those members of the Stab not aboard the Blucher had in the meantime been airlifted from Denmark to Stavanger in southwest Norway together with the first waves of parachute and air-landing troops. Within a week most of southern Norway had been secured, and on or about 15 April 1940 the Stab was ordered renamed Luftgaukommando Norwegen.[1]



© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress).

(1st Draft 2023)

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References

  1. G.Tessin-Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); K-O.Hoffmann - Ln: Die Geschichte der Luftnachrichtentruppe, 3 Bde (Neckargemünd, 1965-73), Bd 1:70, F.Morzik - German Air Force Airlift Operations. USAF Historical Studies: No. 167 (New York, 1968), p.96; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-971 microfilms).