Questions on 22. Luftlande division. This was, according to wikipedia, a division trained for rapid deployment over recently captured airfields, and it performed in that role during the battle of the Netherlands
my questions are:
what was its OoB? did it carry 75mm guns (as it is implied in game?)
was it fully deployed via transport planes? or did only a part of it landed? were there enough Ju-52 to carry it in a few days?
thanks in advance
This site may help
I lifted this:
The entire German plan was most ambitious. It involved a little less than 15,000 men, of which almost 4,000 were airbornes of the 7th Flieger Division, 9,500 men airlanding troops of the 22nd Luftlande Division and about 1,000 men airlanding troops of the attached 72th Infanterie Regiment. The latter had not been trained for airlanding operations and were an operational reserve unit that would be flown in during the later stages of the battle.
The total fleet that was available for the Dutch theatre was not larger than about 450 transporters, all of the Ju-52/3 type, with only a modest reserve of a few dozen planes. These Ju-52 planes could carry 12-14 fully equipped airbornes or 14-16 equipped air-landing troops, but flights with equipment would demand much capacity too. It meant that - taken some losses into account and bearing in mind that plenty of heavier equipment, weapons and ammo had to flown in continously - at least three full waves had to be executed to bring in the bulk of the men with their equipment.
There is mention of the 75mm - but I don't know whether that was used in conjunction with the Fallschirmjager or luftlanding troops. My guess would be that these heavier weapons were flown in - the Ju-52 fleet took a battering in Holland but its difficult to find precise info.
May be worth asking in the GD forum as I know some of the forumites have said they have books on German OOB and individual units.
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