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Luftwaffe Field Divisions - Then

Below are thumbnail images of photos depicting ground troops of the Luftwaffe.  Not all are easily recognizable as Luftwaffe field division members.  However, all most certainly saw action as infantry.  Included in the fourth row of the images is one photo of three members of the Hermann Göring Division.  It was added because of the uniqueness of the uniforms that the three are wearing.  It is the only verifiable photo that I have ever found showing the wear of the Luftwaffe version of the M43 feldbluse in combat.

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Through research performed by several members of the forum Wehrmacht-Awards, several photos have been identified showing 5. Luftwaffen Feld Division and possibly its commander.  These photos have been provided to me through the courtesy of Bill Petz.  The photos were taken along the Crimean Peninsula.

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Jason von Zerneck has been kind enough to provide some additional identifed photos of 9.Luftwaffen Feld Division dug in along the coast of the Eastern Front.

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Despite being mainly horse-drawn units, many of the field divisions had a unit of self-propelled guns.  These were typically the Stug III.  Below are photos of Stugs that were used by field divisions on the Eastern Front.  The fifth photo with several Stugs in it are badged with the emblem of 5. Luftwaffen Feld Division.  The first four photos are of 6. Luftwaffen Feld Division.  In the fourth photo, the commanding general of 6. Luftwaffen Feld Division (Generalleutnant Rüdiger von Heyking) and the commanding general of II. Lw.Feldkorps (General der Flieger Alfred Schlemm) are visible (Schlemm is just off-center in leather great coat and peaked cap with head down; von Heyking is in the background in front of the StuG with leather greatcoat and peaked cap facing the camera).  These photos and information were provided courtesy of Jason Von Zerneck.  

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Below is one of the best series of photos that I have had the fortune to find on the StuG abtelung of a Luftwaffe field division.  Based upon the officer's identification, it has been determined that all of the following photos are from the 21.Feld Division (Lw) on the Russian Front.  Note in the two group photos the mix of Luftwaffe and Heer uniform components.

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I would like to acknowledge the following additional individuals for providing photos for this webpage:  Jack Angolia, Chris Guillon, Sven Marsch, Edwin and many others who I am sure that I have forgotten.  Without their assistance, I would not have been able to provide this reference.