The 8. Fallschirmjäger-Division was originally ordered to form in September 1944 but this was soon cancelled. It was formed in January 1945 and saw action at the Reichswald forest and along the Rhine. It was destroyed in the Ruhr pocket in April 1945.

III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 22 was rearmed by the British forces after Victory in Europe Day and put into action to clear the Bad Segeberg forest from marauding armed escaped Soviet foreign workers (Fremdarbeiter) starting 9 May 1945.
This incident has led to the myth that paratroopers were put into action against die-hard Waffen-SS troops post-war.


Generalmajor Walter Wadehn (6 Jan 1945 - ? Apr 1945)

Area of operations

Netherlands (Feb 1945 - Mar 1945)
Germany & Ruhr pocket (Mar 1945 - Apr 1945)

Order of battle

Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 22 (from Fallschirmjäger-Regiment Schellmann)
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 24
Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 32 (from Fallschirmjäger-Regiment Jungwirth)
Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 8
Fallschirm-Feldersatz-Bataillon 8
Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 8

Sources used

Chris Ellis - 7th Flieger Division: Student's Fallschirmjäger Elite
Alfred Hoffmann - Deutsche Fallschirmjäger gegen Kameraden der Waffen-SS? (Der Freiwillige, March 1994)
James Lucas - Storming Eagles: German Airborne forces in World War II

Reference material on this unit

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