Narses Posted July 20, 2011 Share Posted July 20, 2011 This division which figures importantly versus the US and especially the US 101 Airborne Div mostly arrived near Carentan around 10 and 12 June 1944. The unit history of this division by H. Stoeber pg 64 (Die Sturmflut und das Ende) claims the division had no Panzerfaeuste and only received that weapon in mid-July. Another online site indicates it had many Germans from Romania serving. In addition Zetterling in Normandy 1944 ( pgs 363- 369) shows the division's manpower and weapons and records that the unit while having a strength of over 17,000 men was very short of officers and noncoms (40%). In addition, like many German units in France the 17th was critically short of trucks, prime movers and vehicles of all kinds. In a 15 May report it indicated it had only 257 trucks and towing vehicles this being short over 1600. It had no SPW (250 or 251). Otherwise it was fairly well equipped with 42 Stugs and 12 Marders (on 1 June). It also had 44 2cm Flak guns and 7, 2 cm Flakvierling as well as 99, 8cm mortars and 12, 8.8cm Flak. It also had 22, 7.5cm Pak and 37 tubes of artillery in its arty rgt. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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