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In the News (Mon 22 Oct 18)

Despite being substantially off course, the U.S. 4th Infantry Division landed there with relatively little resistance, in contrast to Omaha Beach where the fighting was fierce.
The German forces who were responsible for the defence of the beach, were elements of the 709th Infantry Division, commanded by Generalleutnant Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben, and the 352nd Infantry Division, commanded by Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiss.
Fewer German fortifications: the defense of the area was largely based on flooding the coastal plain behind the beaches, and there were fewer bunkers.
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 German 352nd Infantry Division - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 352nd was formed in November 1943 in France, commanded by Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiss from 6th November 1943 until it was destroyed in July 1944.
The 352nd was destroyed in the fighting following the invasion, and on 30 July the 352nd was declared abgekämpft, meaning the division was no longer fit for combat.
The division was reconstituted as the 352nd Volksgrenadier Division in September, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/German_352nd_Division   (637 words)

 Battle of Normandy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
British 6th Airborne Division, comprising 8th and 9th Parachute Battalions of 3rd Parachute Brigade and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, airlanded by parachute and glider to the east of the River Orne to protect the left flank.
Their opposition, the 352nd Division, were some of the best trained on the beaches, and occupied positions on the steep cliffs overlooking the beach.
The bulk of German resistance in the region was finally eliminated on August 21, with the successful closure of the Falaise Gap by Canadian and Polish troops.
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 Battle of Normandy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
German 709th Static Infantry Division (von Schlieben), comprising the 729th, 739th (both with 4 battalions, although 4th were Ost), and 919th Infantry Regiments.
German 243rd Static Infantry Division (Generalleutnant Heinz Hellmich), comprising the 920th (2 battalions), 921st, and 922nd Infantry Regiments.
The first counter-attack of D-Day was launched by the 21st Panzer division between Sword and Juno beaches, and the Canadians held against several stiff counter-attacks on June 7 and 8 by the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend recruited from the Hitler Youth.
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 Overlord: The Beginning of the End
For members of D Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry in the 29th Division, their captain told them that the landing craft coxswains would be using the steeple of a church in Vierville -- their guide to the shore.
Here too was the German 352nd Infantry Division, which had been moved to Normandy in late May for training maneuvers, as well as the 716th Infantry Division.
Norman Cota of the 29th Infantry Division, and Brig.
www.ausa.org /dday/overlord4.htm   (1007 words)

 The 1st US Infantry Division
The Division landed at Oran, Algeria, in North Africa on November 8th, 1942, and took part in battles at Maktar, Medjez el Bad, Kasserine Pass, Gafsa, El Guettar, Beja, and Mateur fighting until Tunisia was secured in May of 1943.
The Division was the first to land on the beaches during the invasion of Sicily and fought several battles over the rugged mountains of the island until the campaign ended and Messina was captured on August 1 7th.
In July, the Division was again on the attack and led the drive that opened the Cotentin Peninsula to Brittany.
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 352nd Infantry
The division was formed in November 1943 as part of Wehrkreis XI (military district 11), headquartered in the city of Hannover.
Both of these units were so-called fortress divisions, with large contingents of Ostbattalions (far-eastern troops captured earlier in the war during the invasion of Russia, then drafted to help man the Atlantic Wall); they would quickly crumble during the initial Allied assault.
By 1945, the division was engaged in the Rhineland campaign south of Remagen, and ended the war defending Trier.
www.352inf.com /history/history.html   (646 words)

 MilitaryHistoryOnline.com - Ponte-du-Hoc
The German high command speculated that the invasion would occur at Pas-de-Calais, because it was situated at the shortest distance across the channel, directly across from the English city of Dover.
Ponte-du-Hoc was defended by the German 352nd Infantry Division, a group composed of a mixture of veteran troops and young recruits.
German opposition on the ground was slight until the first pair of LCAs came a mile from shore, when the Nazis opened fire with mortars and machineguns.
www.militaryhistoryonline.com /wwii/articles/pontduhoc.aspx   (4520 words)

 Saving Private Ryan: Omaha Beach
Although Allied intelligence had detected the presence of the 352nd Infantry Division at Omaha Beach only a few weeks before D-Day, only one battalion from this unit (and one battalion from the 716th Infantry Division) were in place to defend Omaha on June 6th.
The Germans constructed 15 "resistance nests" (Widerstandnester 60–74) on the plateau behind the bluffs and in these were placed artillery and machine guns aimed to fire on the beach itself.
The German positions were well-camoflauged and protected, and the early morning light made it difficult to spot and correct naval fire.
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 16th Infantry Situation D-Day
Anti-Tank Company 16th Infantry was unable to get any of its guns from the beach before late afternoon of D-Day due to the fact that the beach Exits were still being covered by enemy artillery and MG fire.
The most discouraging feature of the landing was the fact that the 352nd German Infantry Division was holding maneuvers on the beach on the day of the landing.
In addition, a bombing mission was placed on the 352nd Division’s CP shown on the captured map and direct hits were observed in the midst of an area in which numerous staff cars were located.
www.warchronicle.com /16th_infantry/officialrecords_wwii/dday_s3.htm   (1186 words)

 134th Infantry Regiment - Artifact from Hill 122 near St. Lo, France
The 1st Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment, is cited for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy in vicinity of St. Lo, Normandy, France, from 15 to 19 July 1944.
On the morning of 15 July 1944, the 1st Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment, instituted its initial attack against the enemy in the Villiers-Fossard sector, 2 1/2 miles northeast of St. Lo, in a frontal assault on Hill 122, the dominating terrain feature of the German defensive positions before St. Lo.
So strongly emplaced and stubbornly defended were the enemy hedgerow defenses, generally impregnable to all types of fire except direct hits from artillery, that it was necessary for individual soldiers to crawl forward to throw hand grenades in order to silence the enemy guns.
www.coulthart.com /134/hill122.htm   (693 words)

 352nd Infanterie Division Unit History
The division consisted of four regiments; the 914th, 915th and 916th Infantry and Artillery Regiment 352.
A re-emergance of the 352nd occured for the Battle of the Bulge.
VGD was advancing on Ettelbruck when it's lead elements were flanked by the US 80th Infantry Division and cut off, although the majority managed to get away through the thick woods, they were without most of their equipment, and went on the defensive.
www.grenadier352nd.com /html_pages/unit_history/unithistory.html   (424 words)

Unfortunately, many of the planes were under German fire and scattered the men around the countryside instead of dropping them where they could quickly reform into larger groups.
As the Germans sprayed a steady barrage of bullets, Stimpson and his crew members dug away at the rocks and pebbles, making a six-inch depression on the ground.
German bullets zinged and whizzed by as he crawled along the sandy beach, finally resting behind a 4-foot retaining wall.
www.explode.com /wylie/clips-dday.yak.html   (2896 words)

 What happened?
Unbeknownst to the Allies, the beach defences at Omaha had recently been reinforced with the German 352nd Infantry Division and thus the strength of the defending force was much larger than the Allies had anticipated.
The result was an extremely rough surf which not only swamped some of the landing craft with water, forcing the troops to bail it out with their helmets, but also made scores of the soldiers sea sick - and this was before the advancing troops were noticed by the Nazis.
As they neared the beach the German return fire gathered intensity, three battalions of field artillery together with their 105mm howitzers were dumped into the sea.
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 landing zones
In November of 1943, the German 352nd Infantry Division was reformed in a weathered chateau near St. Lo, some twenty miles inland.
Most of the soldiers in this division had survived the vicious fighting on the Russian front, but their units had been decimated.
The 352nd was reformed under General Dietrich Kraiss, and he had his men on high alert as the mist lifted out of the sky on D-Day, and first light filled in from the east.
www.webbuild.net /BeforeTaps/page314.htm   (506 words)

 D-Day 60 Year On: The Longest Day
GERMAN field marshal Gerd von Rundstedt orders twopanzer divisions to move towards Caen, but his superiors put the order on hold until Hitler can agree.
THE King's Shropshire Light Infantry are just four miles from Caen, but the 120 troops of Z Company are still caught up in a tough firefight at the Periers-sur-le-Dan gun battery.
German losses are estimated at between 4,000 and 9,000.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1145159/posts   (3057 words)

 352nd Infantry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
We focus on portraying the common infantryman of the German Army.
More than 300 German Infantry Divisions fought during the war, forming the backbone of the German Army in every theater, and every campaign.
The 352nd was formed in November 1943 and staffed with survivors of the Russian Front.
www.352inf.com   (210 words)

 Page Title
Static Division were well dug in overlooking the landing beach.
Infantry was quoted as saying "Two kinds of people are staying on this beach, the dead and those who are about to die!!
Infantry supported by Rangers fought there way to the top of the bluff at Les Moulins, this was a major breakthrough, simultaneously men of 3/116th.
www.6june44.freeserve.co.uk /page12.html   (426 words)

 134th Infantry Regiment Combat History Chapter 4
It was the anchor of the German defenses in Normandy.
Division’s effort had produced results only at the very end of the day, and then by an advance which left the spearhead battalion dangerously isolated, 1,000 yards ahead of the rest of the front.
Infantry, on the left, and called for a new attack southward – toward the Vire River – to be launched at 1600.
www.coulthart.com /134/chapter_4.htm   (21540 words)

 =[352nd]=Infantry Division: Section 2 of the site
The Kar98k rifle was the standard issue rifle for the German Army.
The MP40 Sub Machine gun was the standard issue SMG to the German Army.
The steilhandgranate was the standard issued grenade to the German Army.
www.freewebs.com /352nd_id2/weapons.htm   (356 words)

 The 352nd Infantry Division at Omaha Beach
As of May 1st, 50% of the officer corps was inexperienced and 30% of the noncommissioned officer positions went unfilled, because of the lack of competent sergeants.
This Division was classified as a ' Static Division,' which means it was not equipped, trained nor manned for maneuver and offensive capabilities required of a normal infantry division.
From his experience in Africa, Rommel was also one of the few German Generals to fully grasp the threat of massive Allied ground-attack aircraft to interdict any German counter attacks, movement of reserve forces, and re-supply units and thus deny the ability of German forces to develop decisive local superiority and employ the First doctrine.
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 Call of Duty 2 Preview at Next Level Gaming!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Allied intelligence and photoreconnaissance had identified five 155-millimeter guns emplaced in reinforced-concrete casemates on the Pointe, and Allied commanders had determined that the neutralization of these guns was the key to the fate of the Omaha and Utah landings.
The area of the Pointe was defended by elements of the German 352nd Infantry Division.
The Germans were waiting and opened fire almost immediately, tearing the poor soldier apart.
www.nlgaming.com /nl/asp/id_331/nl/previewDisp.htm   (1913 words)

 D-Day Beaches Of Normandy - Port En Bessin & Omaha Beach
Not expecting a big opposition at Omaha, the 1st Infantry Division (also known as the Big Red One) and the 29th Infantry Division were given ambitious objectives.
What the Americans did not known was that the German 352nd Infantry Division had come forward to reinforce the 716th Static Division and many of its troops were dug in along the bluff, which rises to 170 feet and dominated the landing beaches.
By nightfall, 116th Infantry and 5th Rangers held a position about 1,000 yards inland from Vierville, separated by a long gap of nearly two miles from St Laurent and a more or less continuous front 2,000 yards inland and surrounding Colleville, which was still in German hands.
www.camp198.fsnet.co.uk /Normandy2.htm   (1402 words)

 GMT GAMES: Project 500   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Opposing them are the German 352nd Infantry Division, along with elements of the 716th Infantry Division as well as the 30th Schnelle Brigade.
Each unit is an infantry company, tank platoon, headquarters, pillbox or resistance nest.
The basic sequence of play is the activation of a single regiment or battalion, which costs supply points.
www.gmtgames.com /bbomaha/main.html   (242 words)

 Amazon.com: Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Division in Normandy: Books: Joseph Balkoski,Stephen E. Ambrose   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The author also describes the German 352nd Infantry Division (primary opponent of the 29th Infantry Division in Normandy) it's background and formation.
The author notes that the 29th Infantry Division spent 8 weeks in Normandy, and took in 15,000 replacements to maintain the fighting strength of the 14,000 soldier Division.
The similar is described in The Battle for the Hurtgen Forest (Charles MacDonald) where the US took 28,000 casualties in series of deadly infantry attacks in a deep forest that reduced whole US Infantry Divisions, including the 1st and 28th.
www.amazon.com /Beyond-Beachhead-29th-Division-Normandy/dp/0811726827   (2134 words)

 352nd Infantry division by stewart Bryant
Division structure model is known as the 'Type 44 Division.'
The German terms 'Abteilung' and 'Battalion' tend to be used interchangeably by
Gen Dietrich Kraiss, Commander of the 352nd Infantry Division.
www.omaha-beach.org /US-Version/352/352US.html   (4087 words)

 Corgi US61002 - Diecast Model SdKfz 7 Half-Track Normandy, France, D-Day June 6th 1944: The Flying Mule
It was important for the German 352nd Infantry Division to hold Vierville and the draw that led up to it from the beaches.
After intense Allied air and sea bombardment, the unprotected German units behind the beachheads were ready to surrender.
Inspired by some of the most evocative and iconographic events of World War II, this series captures a snapshot in time using highly detailed and historically accurate diecast models, spin-cast metal figures and cold-cast diorama bases.
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 Contest Div1: German (Non-SS/FJ) Voting closed - Message Board - ezboard.com
My entry is of a Heer Sniper around June 15 fighting and moving in the hedrows, he is tired and has been in constant combat since June 6th with no break nor any forseen.
Though being in the middle of the Allied landings, Soldats of the 352nd fought hard and gave little ground.
Finally Allied firepower, both on the ground and in the air, found the 352nd pulling back away from the beach.
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