6. Fallschirm-Jäger-Division


Heyking became POW on 4.9.44. According to some US sources, Oberst Rudolf Langhäuser (Heer), was acting commander from time to time.


Formed 6.44 in Amiens (AOK.15), with the following units:

While the division was forming, FJR.16 was flown to Stendal and later to Vilna for action in Lithuania, and would be renamed Fallschirm-Grenadier-Regiment 3, belonging to Fallschirm-Panzer-Korps Hermann Göring. The remainder of the division (battlegroup strength only) went into action immediately in Normandy, and was mostly destroyed. The remaining small groups was to have been incorporated into the new parachute ad-hoc unit, Division Erdmann, but could not be pulled out of the frontline in time.

The division was ordered reformed on 15.10.44 in Meppel, Holland. The division was formed from the few remaining remnants of the old division, and from Luftwaffe-Festungs-Battailone II, XXIX, XXXI, XXXVIII, XXIX and XXXX.

The division surrendered to the British in May 1945, at Zutphen in Festung Holland.

The division served under the following headquarters during the war:

Replacement troops were provided by the Fallschirm-Ersatz-Bataillon 3 in Nürnberg-Buchenbühl.

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