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Old 07-07-2003, 03:14 PM   #1
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Hello,

I an looking for information regarding the 4 RAD divisions that were formed at the end of the war-I have the info from www.skalman.com and thats all i have been able to find regarding these formations-I was told there is a book by a vetran of one of the RAD divisions however its printed only in German and therefor not much of a help to me-does anyone know of any english language books/websites or an email address of a person who can help wih info regarding this topic?

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Old 07-08-2003, 07:14 PM   #2
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Hierl sanctioned the formation on 29.3.1945, 6 weeks before the end of the war, 4 RAD Infantry Divisions, each had some Army personnel & 7500 RAD members in one artillery & three infantry regiments. The 1st Schlageter Division fought Soviet troops at Waren with the 3d Panzer Army; the 2d Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Division & the 3d Theodor Körner Division served west of Berlin with the 12th Army. The 4th Division & the RAD Mountain Brigades "Steiermark" & "Enns" were formed-up but saw no action.
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Old 07-09-2003, 05:01 PM   #3
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Hello Bob,

thanks for the information,there seems to be not much information available regarding the RAD, especially when it comes to the 4 combat divisions.

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Old 07-12-2003, 09:39 AM   #4
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Infanterie-Division Schlageter (1. RAD)

Formed unity 31.03.1945 as RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) Div. z.b. V. 1 on the Tr. Üb. Platz Munsterlager. Composed man of 299. ID and 7500 people of the RAD.

Composition:

Gren. Rgt. Schlageter 1 - 3 with I. 1 - 4 , II. 5 - 8 , 13 (Gran. Werf.), 14 (only Pz. Schreck)
Füs. Btl. Schlageter 4 Kpn.
Pz. Jg. Abt. Schlageter 1., 2. (Pz. Schreck), 3. (Fla-), 4. (Sturmgeschütz-)Kp.
Art. Rgt. Schlageter, only II. , III. (each 2. Bttrn. with 3. le. FH) and IV. (2 Bttrn. with each 3 s. FH)
Pi. Btl. Schlageter (3 Kpn.)
Nachr. Abt. Schlageter (2 Kpn.)

During its forming, the division moved in the Ludwigslust's ( 12.04.1945 ) sector. 29.04.1945 the division is in the Waren's sector (3. Pz. Armee). But already 03.05.1945 in captivity (American).

Kdr. 31.03.1945 - 05.04.1945 Generalarbeitsführer Herzog (RAD-Aufstellung)
05.04.1945 - 03.04.1945 Gen. Lt. Heun, Wilhelm

Ia - .04.1945 - 03.05.1945 Maj. Schreiber, Hellmuth
IIA - .04.1945 - 03.05.1945 Maj. Schweisshelm



Infanterie-Division Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (2. RAD)

Formed unity 31.03.1945 as RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) Div. z.b. V. 2 on the Tr. Üb. Platz Jüterbog. Composed man of 251. ID and 7500 people of the RAD.

Composition:

Gren. Rgt. Friederich Ludwig Jahn 1 - 3 with each I. 1 - 4 , II. 5 - 8
Div. Füs. Btl. Friederich Ludwig Jahn 4 Kpn.
Art. Rgt. Friederich Ludwig Jahn with II. 4 - 6 , III. 7 - 9 , IV. 10 - 12
Pi. Btl. Friederich Ludwig Jahn (3 Kpn.)

The division was engaged to the South of Berlin with 12. Armee. Near Ferchland in captivity (American), afterward handed to Russian.

Kdr. - .04.1945 - 23.04.1945 Oberst Klein, Gerhard
25.04.1945 - - .05.1945 Oberst Weller
03.05.1945 Oberst Zoeller

Ia Obstlt. Praetorius, Alexander
IIA Hptm. Nottebaum



Infanterie-Division Theodor Körner (3. RAD)

Formed unity 04.04.1945 as RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) Div. z.b. V. 3 on the Tr. Üb. Platz Döberitz. Composed man of 251. ID and 7500 people of the RAD. Art. Rgt. Formed by the V. / Volksart. Korps 411

Composition:

Gren. Rgt. Theodor Körner 1 - 3 with I. 1 - 4 , II. 5 - 8
Div. Füs. Btl. Theodor Körner (4 Kpn.)
Pz. Jg. Abt. Theodor Körner
Art. Rgt. Theodor Körner, only Stab and V. / 411
Pi. Btl. Theodor Körner (3 Kpn.) resulting from the Pi. Ausb. Btl. 892
Nachr. Kp.

Engaged on the Mulde against the Americans, then in the South of Berlin (Belzig, Beelitz) with 12. Armee against Russian troops. On the Elba in the Tangermünde's sector in captivity (American).

Kdr. 06.04.45 - - .05.1945 Gen. Lt. Frankewitz, Bruno

Ia Maj. Graevenitz, von
IIA Hptm. Nietzer


With regard to the fourth division RAD, the order of forming was given 15.04.1945 but was not able to be executed.

You will find an image of the page 12 of a Wehrpass of a member of the division RAD Theodor Körner in Wehrpass, Soldbuch and Military IDs Forum.

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Old 07-12-2003, 02:01 PM   #5
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hello,

thank you Polux for this added information!!


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Old 06-01-2005, 07:00 AM   #6
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Hallo Yancy -

I was a member of the RAD-Division Schlageter and a prisoner in one of the American POW-camps in Mecklenburg. Can I help you?

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Hi Horst,

It is very nice to see you posting on the forum. I am sure that Yancy will be overjoyed and only to willing to have a chat with you. I have taken the liberty of sending him a private message so that he won't miss your post when he logs in.

Cheers,
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Hello Horst,

i am very pleased that you responded to my request for information!i have a million questions to ask you, i will send them via private message.
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:04 PM   #9
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Infanterie-Division Theodor Körner (3. RAD)
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Art. Rgt. Theodor Körner, only Stab and V. / 411
Hello

That`s not right !

We had several grounddug dogtags from II. Art Rgt Theodor Körner at the Elbe river.

There must be a II. Abteilung of the Artillerie Regiment TH.K., too.


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Old 07-05-2010, 04:05 PM   #10
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Hello

That`s not right !

We had several grounddug dogtags from II. Art Rgt Theodor Körner at the Elbe river.

There must be a II. Abteilung of the Artillerie Regiment TH.K., too.


Best regards, Fronti
Hello Fronti,
Can you post a photo of one here? or via PM/e-mail.
I would really appreciate it
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:56 AM   #11
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Hello Fronti,
Can you post a photo of one here? or via PM/e-mail.
I would really appreciate it
Hello

No problem.

Please send me your eMail Addi with PM.

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Hi,
The RAD unit was certainly one of those handed over to the Russians, as
noted in Slaughter at Halbe. It seems a strange mix of units, common sense would have been to ask for Engineers for rebuilding work, or SS units they suspected of war crimes. Unless the Americans made the choice, to include womenbut of course
the events in regards to Russian behaviour, not generally being known.

This well known picture from Berlin, I think shows an RAD man?
Although it is in German, most of us can pick up the gist, it is all about the great
images in this interesting Elbe documentary. Several features in the early stages, destroying german equipment in place, in case the ground is re-taken. 2 soldiers
resting? face down and at 5.10, a G.I. with a liberated dagger swinging from his pack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHkw...c&spfreload=10

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