The 303rd Infantry Division (German: 303. Infanterie-Division), also dubbed Infantry Division "Döberitz" (German: Infanterie-Division "Döberitz"), was an infantry division of the German Heer during World War II.

History

The Infantry Division Döberitz was formed in Military Training Area Döberitz on 31 January 1945. Initially, the division did not carry an ordinal number, but was eventually assigned the number 303.[1] The divisional staff was recruited from the staff of the former 611th Special Purpose (z.b.V.) Division. The division's initial commander was Rudolf Hübner.[2]

Upon formation, the Infantry Division Döberitz consisted of the following parts by early February:[1]

The three Grenadier Regiments consisted of two battalions each, whereas the Artillery Regiment consisted of four batteries.[1]

In March 1945, the division was assigned to the CI Army Corps under 9th Army, part of Army Group Vistula. By April, the division was transferred to the XI SS Panzer Corps, also part of the 9th Army.[1] Beginning on 9 March 1945, the division was commanded by a colonel (Oberst) rank officer named Hans-Wolfgang Scheunemann.[2][3]

In April 1945, at the rear end of the Battle of the Seelow Heights, the division was trapped in the cauldron of the Battle of Halbe and subsequently forced to surrender.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Tessin, Georg (1974). "303". Die Landstreitkräfte 281–370. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945 (in German). 9. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag. pp. 79–82. ISBN 3764808721.
  2. ^ a b c Mitcham, Samuel W. (2007). German Order of Battle. Volume Two: 291st-999th Infantry Divisions, Named Infantry Divisions, and Special Divisions in WWII. Stackpole Books. pp. 222–223. ISBN 9780811734165.
  3. ^ "303. Infanterie-Division "Döberitz"". Balsi (in German).