305th Infantry Division

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305th Infantry Division

Postby prideofengland » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:50 pm

305. Infanterie-Division
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The 305. Infanterie-Division was formed in late 1940 in Wehrkreis V, the modern Länder of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. Its establishment took place around Ravensburg with some elements forming around Ulm, because of this the division received it’s nickname of the Bodensee Division (due to its proximity to lake Constance). The Division was to be transported to the southern sector of the eastern front for the start of the 1942 offensive. The 305. Infanterie-Division fought their way from Kharkov to Stalingrad, and it was there that they would fight their toughest battles during the brutal assaults into the Dzerhezinski Tractor Factory and Barrikady Gun Factory in northern Stalingrad. They would eventually surrender in the northern pocket in February 1943.

Order of Battle
Generalleutnant Bernhard Steinmetz

The 305th was formed during the Wehrmachts 13th wave of mobilization in November 1940 and its original roll was that of a Garrison Division. Is consisted of the following regiments;

Infanterie-Regiment 576
Infanterie-Regiment 577
Infanterie-Regiment 578
Artillerie-Regiment 305

It wasn't until February 1942 that the 305th was converted to a field division and in March it was finally equipped as an infantry division. When the 305th was sent to southern Russian and the plan was for it to serve as a garrison Stalingrad after the fall of the city.

Pionier-Bataillon 305
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 305
Nachrichten-Abteilung 305
Versorgungseinheiten 305

Knights Cross, won at Stalingrad by the division.
#Oberst Willy Winzer - is awarded with November 3 1942
Commander 587th Infantry Regiment, 305th Infantry Division.
#Major Wilhelm Braun - is awarded with January 20 1943
Commander 2nd Battalion, 576th Infantry Regiment, 305th Infantry Division.
#Oberstleutnant Hans-Georg Brandt - is awarded with January 22 1943
Commander 577th Infantry Regiment, 305th Infantry Division.


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1 Here men of the 8. Kompanie Grenadier-Regiment 577 are about to assault into the Barrikady Gun Factory on the 16th October 1942. The 8. Kompanie was a heavy kompanie that would have been equipped with heavy mortars and machine guns for support of the infantry.
2 Men of Grenadier-Regiment 577 move swiftly and carefully through the shattered ruin of one of the large construction halls of the Barrikady Gun Factory.
3. Unit Insignia
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby Steiner » Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:52 pm

Excellent photos, Tim - very typical pictures - lots of A-frames in sight! 8)
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby Hänschen klein » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:47 pm

I can see a unit HQ sign comming :happyswing:
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby prideofengland » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:06 am

Steiner wrote:Excellent photos, Tim - very typical pictures - lots of A-frames in sight! 8)


Damn more kit to spend out on :slap:

"I can see a unit HQ sign comming" Hänschen klein

I would expect nothing less! and perhaps some more of your superbe roadsigns :good: This time I will bring my camera for the photo opportunity they give :ghey:
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby marsha » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:05 pm

prideofengland wrote:
Steiner wrote:Excellent photos, Tim - very typical pictures - lots of A-frames in sight! 8)


Damn more kit to spend out on :slap:

"I can see a unit HQ sign comming" Hänschen klein

I would expect nothing less! and perhaps some more of your superbe roadsigns :good: This time I will bring my camera for the photo opportunity they give :ghey:



thank god i got my A frame
plus are we looking at helmets all round?
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby Chomley-Warner » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:07 pm

I think square helmets came in after 1945 Marsha, so all round helmets might be best bet. :wink:
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby Boshman » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:51 pm

Heh, I always thought of them as more of an Oval shape! :wink:

But for the serious answer, Yes Marsha, we really want to get every soldat playing in a Stahlhelm as this event is about front line combat units launching an attack as part of the major german offensive to crush the remaining pockets of Bolshevik defenders in the city! Helmets would have been compulsory and it's a good idea from a H&S point of view anyway.

A-frames etc are purely optional so noone should feel that they MUST have one but they do look great! :good:

The assault will be spearheaded by the Sturmpioniere of Panzerpionier-Bataillon 50. and there will be losts of specialist roles available for Pioneers and Infantry alike. MG teams, Mortar crew, Signallers, demolitions teams etc. will be required for both sides.

For any wishing to portray the pioneers, (And we are hoping there will be lots of you :wink:) it's simply a change of shoulderboard piping colour from white to black. easily done in 5mins with a permanent marker! Simples! :wink: Oh, and we will have a good few sets to loan out for those who dont want to change their own permanently. :good:
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby prideofengland » Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:09 am

I have just realised that the reformed 305th Division also took part in the fighting at the Volturno Line.
So a unit HQ sign can be used twice :good:

Now where did I leave the paint?
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby prideofengland » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:32 am

Unit sign complete :good:
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby Steiner » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:35 pm

Very nice, Tim! :good:
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Re: 305th Infantry Division

Postby Hänschen klein » Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:13 pm

Nice I am in the process of making the 305th Tac sign pics soon
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