- 9th Parachute Division (Germany)
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=9th Parachute Division
Battle of Berlin
battle_honours=The German 9th Parachute Division was one of the final parachute divisions to be raised by Germany during
World War II. The division was destroyed during the Battle of Berlinin April 1945.
The 9th Division was formed in December 1944 [Tessin, p.152] under the command of General
Bruno Bräuerwith many Luftwaffe personnel transferred to combat duties for which they had no experience. [Beevor pp.159,236] In January 1945 two of his battalions were encircled by the 1st Ukrainian Frontin Breslauwhere they were destroyed. [Tessin, p.152]
Battle of the Seelow Heightsthe 9th Division was positioned between Seelowand Neuhardenberg, they received the full force of the first days artillery bombardment by Marshal Georgi Zhukov's 1st Belorussian Fronton 16 April. Under this bombardment the 9th Division buckled. It rallied briefly on the morning of 17 April, when it was given some armoured support, but collapsed again shortly afterwards. Bräuer suffered a nervous breakdown and was relieved of his command at the request of Goering, angry at the collapse of one of his Luftwaffe divisions. Bräuer was followed in command by Colonel Herrmann. [Le Tissier, p. 228] The SS "Nordland" Division rounded up some elements of the 9th Division and managed a temporarily successful counter attack. [Beevor pp.223 236-237,243,246-247]
19 April, the remnants of the 9th Division along with what remained of the rest of the LVI Panzer Corpswere within the Berlin U-Bahn outer defensive ring. [Beevor p.286] During the attempted breakout on the night of 1 May– 2 Maya small group of the 9th Division stormed the tower of Spandau" Rathaus" (Town Hall) from which Soviet machine-gunners were decimating Germans attempting to break out of Berlin over the Haval using the "Charlottenbrücke" ('Charlotte Bridge'). [Beevor p.385] By the end of the 2 Maythe 9th Parachute Division had ceased to exist.
* Beevor, Antony. "Berlin: The Downfall 1945", Penguin Books, 2002, ISBN 0-670-88695-5
* Le Tissier, Tony. "Der Kampf um Berlin 1945", Bechtermünz Verlag, 1997, ISBN 3-86947-906-7.
* Tessin, Georg. "Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS", Vol. III, Biblio Verlag, 1974, ISBN 3-7648-0942-6.
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