Side bar. Volksturm should be volksgrenadier divisions. The term which means people's grenadier.. The 6th,9th,12th,16th,26th,31st36th,45th,47th,48th,56th,62nd,79th,95th,98th,167th,183rd,211th,212th,217th,246th,251st,257th,271st,272nd,276th,277th infantry divisions became volksgrenadier divisions. They should be not confused with the type 44 infantry divisions. These units never just popped up. And it was no honor to have your division renamed a volksgrenadier division. The Germans did create the 18th and 19th volksgrenadier divisions which had a lot fewer men and firepower than a regular German infantry division.
"I thank God that I was warring on the gridirons of the midwest and not the battlefields of Europe"
Nile Kinnick 1918-1943