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Post  Admin on Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:51 pm

The 183 Volksgrenadier Division was a German troop during the World War II.

In September 1944 the 183 Volksgrenadier Division was formed of what was left of the 183rd Infantry Division, complemented by non-fighting military personnel (from navy and air force) and civilians. The 183rd Infantry Division had come into existence on 15 September 1944, having been formed from the so-called Dollersheim-Schatten-Division of the 31st Wave. The recruits were often drawn from the local population and therefore had perfect situational awareness of the area they were supposed to defend. Volksgrenadier units were usually not very well trained and were poorly equipped in comparison to regular infantry units. The determination to fight was definitely lower than of the "regular" Army and SS divisions.

At the end of November Grenadier-Regiment 330 was destroyed at Geilenkirchen during a massive allied offensive against the German positions between the rivers Wurm and Rur, between Geilenkirchen and Linnich. Aim of the US Ninth Army was the Rur crossing at Linnich, which would open the way to Cologne. The offensive was called Operation Queen and was launched on November 16th. The 330th Infantry Regiment of the 183rd Volksgrenadier Division was holding the front line near Immendorf, where the American break-in by 406th Infantry Division was launched. During the afternoon 330th Regiment was virtually wiped out, more than five hundred "grenadiers" being captured from the regiment’s possible strength of one thousand men. The total killed and wounded could not be estimated but it is believed that not over 250 men remained in the unit.

The offensive would eventually last until mid-December, which the Germans called "the third battle of Aachen" (Dritte Schlacht um Aachen) . In this period the German units in the area counterattacked continuously. By November 21st, after five days of serious combat, the number of casualties within 183 Volksgrenadier Division had risen beyond an acceptable level, and the division was unable to continue fighting as an independent unit. Remaining troops of the 183rd were divided among the other German divisions, the 9th Panzer Division and 15th Panzergrenadier Division that were present in the area east of Geilenkirchen.


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