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78th Sturm Division
German Assault Grenadiers - Division 78
Few books have been written about the German Army’s most
illustrious World War II infantry division, the 78th Sturm
Division (German Assault Grenadiers Division 78). Now,
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few books in the world that provides a detailed description of
the glorious German 78th Sturm Division.
In World War II, the German Wehrmacht did not hesitate to
honor any unit or individual that had exemplified valor and
combat achievement. In 1941, a second wave German infantry
division, the 78th, began to ascend the ladder of combat glory.
In July 1941, the 78th Infantry Division was mentioned in
dispatches for its excellent independent maneuvering and
defeat of a Soviet Corps near Mogilev. Then the saga began.
In one of the many gratuitous mistakes which cost the German Army tens of thousand of men, German
generals required that the 78th Infantry Division and a number of other strong German attack divisions
dig-in along a salient that had no purpose and was poorly thought out. In fact, the Yelnya Salient could
easily have been one of the acts of sabotage perpetrated by German High Command generals who
formed a growing clique of traitor generals. The German attack divisions dug into shallow foxholes in
an open area almost 100 kilometers long, providing an excellent stationary target for massed Red Army
artillery. When the German General Staff finally woke up to its error, the 78th Infantry Division, and
about ten other German attack divisions, had been greatly shredded by Soviet artillery fire. Then the
78th Infantry Division was moved out of the German High Command Trap and became part of Army
Group Center’s advance on Moscow.
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78th Sturm Division - German Assault Grenadiers
78th Sturm Division - German Assault Grenadiers
78th Sturm Division - German Assault Grenadiers
During that advance one of the division’s regiments was
disbanded because of casualties, and the elite 14th Infantry
Regiment was added to the 78th Division. Steadily, the division
marched toward Moscow as the harsh Russian winter set in.
General Staff saboteurs purposely “lost” key supplies
including winter clothing, food, ammunition, and other
necessities. That sabotage had the hoped for effect, more
German soldiers were dying or casualties because of disease
and hunger, than were injured by the enemy. The 78th Infantry
Division suffered horribly with the rest. Then the retreat began
as Soviet cavalry attacked the retreating infantry columns and
killed more thousands of Germans.
The German High Command had engineered a desperate retreat that was turning into a Napoleonic
rout. Hitler then stepped in after he discovered the abominable logistics and command failures which
had been covered up for weeks. He stopped the retreat and the 78th Infantry Division dug in and
survived.
78th Sturm Division - German Assault Grenadiers
In the winter of 1942, the 78th Grenadier Division fought
desperately in the fortified villages of German 9th Army’s
Rhzev Salient. In fact, the German High Command awarded
a singular honor to the 78th Grenadier Division, an honor
not obtained by any other of the hundreds of excellent
Army, Waffen SS, and Luftwaffe infantry divisions. The 78th
Grenadier Division became the 78th Sturm Division and was
the only Assault Grenadier Division in the Wehrmacht. Then
the 78th Sturm Division was reinforced and reorganized for
assault or shock action.
78th Sturm Division - German Assault Grenadiers
However, the next 78th Sturm Division operation, like
most 78th Sturm operations was a defensive mission.
The 78th Sturm earned more distinctions for fighting
the Soviet 70th NKVD Army to a standstill in a series
of defensive battles in 1942. Again the 78th Sturm
Division was reinforced and replenished. This time it
was prepared for a coveted assault role in Operation
Citadel (Kursk). When the 78th Sturm participated in
the Kursk battle it was heavily reinforced with artillery,
assault guns and assault pioneer resources to the
extent that it was nearly equal to a Panzer Grenadier
Corps. In the battles around Ponyri, the 78th Sturm
proved that it could seize ground, and as it advanced
scores of Soviet corpse piles lay in its wake.
After the Kursk Battle, the 78th Sturm fought a series
of defensive withdrawals until it was ensconced in
German Army Group Center as the strongest infantry
division in the army group.
Then a complicated series of events transpired during which the 78th Sturm became the pawn, along
with 38 other German infantry divisions of the traitor generals clique’s scheme to engineer the total
annihilation of Army Group Center. The complexities of that betrayal, and what happened to the 78th
Sturm, have not been revealed before. It will make your hair stand on end.
Then a terrible era began for the 78th Sturm. To make a
long story short (the long story is in the book entitled
German Assault Grenadiers Division 78). The 78th Sturm
Division next appeared in the archives of historical glory
as one of the desperate defenders of the Arpad and Dukla
Passes through the Carpathian Mountains. There they
participated in the annihilation of the Red Czech Army
and units of the Soviet Army in defensive combat much
more enduring than the general demoralization of
Wehrmacht troops elsewhere. The rest is history…as
captured in QuikManeuvers.com’s e-book
German
Assault Grenadiers - Division 78.