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Need help on history of the german 79th Infantry Division

Article about: Hello my friends, I recently bought a commemorative plate for the german 79th Infantry Division and would really welcome any information on the history of this unit. I did tried to google it

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    Hello my friends,

    I recently bought a commemorative plate for the german 79th Infantry Division and would really welcome any information on the history of this unit. I did tried to google it but , came out the US 79th ID instead. I'll d really appreciate any help given. Thank You.

    Cheers,
    Ibrahim


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    German 79th I.D.
    Home station Koblenz, Wehrkreis XII
    Formed in the summer of 1939
    May 1940 Participated in campaign in the West
    June 1941 - Eastern front, southern sector
    Jan 1943 - Virtually destroyed at Stalingrad
    Spring 1943 - Reformed on the southern sector of the Eastern Front
    Summer of 1943 - Engaged in the Kuban area.
    Autumn 1943 - Transferred to lower Dnepr area
    August 1944 - Suffered heavy losses on Eastern front
    Oct-Nov 1944 - Reformed as a Volksgrenadier Div
    Dec. 1944 - Transferred to the Western Front,
    Took part in the Ardennes counteroffensive

    Hope this helps. Looks like it was a hard fighting division that saw a lot of combat.
    Bob

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    Wow, these guys invaded France, went through operation Barbarossa, Stalingrad, Kuban, and the Battle of the Bulge. I would've given up after Stalingrad.

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    That's a real nice piece! A LARGE proportion of the Soldaten that gave up to the Soviets never were seen alive again. Giving up to them was not a good idea! I guess in the Soldaten's mind a bullet in battle was better than a Gulag.

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    Super item!

    More info here;

    Lexikon der Wehrmacht

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thank you for the information my friends.
    Really appreciate it ;-)

    Cheers,
    Ibrahim

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    that is a nice plate, sounds like a hard core bunch. I guess thats why I admire a lot of soldat divisions

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Super item!

    More info here;

    Lexikon der Wehrmacht

    Cheers, Ade.
    ADE, since I only know a couple of cuss words in German , is there an english translation page for all that info & that symbol is familiar, but right now it doesn't come to mind. thanks
    regards Marty

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    Hi Marty, you need to use Google translate: Here is the page already done into English via the site:

    Google Translate

    Their tactical sign was the Cross of Lorraine.

    Cheers, Ade.

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