German Marines? (& Amphibious Assaults.)

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by von Poop, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Only unit that comes to mind was just used as Infantry in 1945,
    2.Marine-Infanterie-Division *

    2.Marine-Infanterie-Division

    Also 1 Marine Inf Div.
    http://www.feldgrau.com/1kms.html

    The 1.Marine-Infanterie-Division was organised like a normal Heer division of the "neuer Art 45" type.


    * see John Russell's book No Triumphant Procession about their battle with 53rd Welsh Div.
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  3. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Just to get back to the thread topic it appears that the Wehrmacht/Kriegsmarine accorded no advantage to forming a Marine formation specifically for assault purposes and therefore no large-scale formations for this role.
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Drew, there's a thread on those frogmen , I've just posted link to it on your profile.


    As for German Marines & amphibious operations, I can't see how it'd fit in with Blitzkreig style battle.
    I'm sure German Marines were for coastal defence & that's about it.

    Marine-Schützen-Brigade Nord
    Marine-Schützen-Brigade Nord
    Formed 11.44 in Husum, to protect the North Sea coast.
     
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Good one Owen, no idea why I didn't check Feldgrau first. They do seem to be the closest thing so far.
     
  6. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    They might be close but no cigar due to the fact that these formations were being formed just as the Reich was close to collapse. I dont have references at present but I'm willing to bet that these formations were composed of support personnel from the Kriegsmarine and crews with no ships. I doubt if they were capable of much in terms of land combat never mind Marine Assault which was the original topic . :)
     
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    True, I skimmed the dates - and dimly hadn't registered they're the same chaps FJ mentioned (post #3).
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I doubt if they were capable of much in terms of land combat
    Ger , have a read of that book I mention, No triumphant Procession, they put up a good fight.
    Sorry, I too didn't see post #3, sorry FJH
     
  9. Formerjughead

    Formerjughead Senior Member

    True, I skimmed the dates - and dimly hadn't registered they're the same chaps FJ mentioned (post #3).

    Poop & Owen: Not a problem, every once in a while I do manage to get a little wood on the ball..........no need to apologize as I am sure most of what I post is skimmed and dismissed due to my propensity to post foolishness.
     

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