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Chapter 4: Deployment to the Netherlands
Abschnitt (Sector) Haarlem. This sector was under the command of Jäger Regiment 32. (Luftwaffe) which was one of the constituent infantry regiments of 16. Luftwaffenfelddivision (Air Force Field Division) a recently created, and in reality still forming, poor quality infantry division. It was rated by the Wehrmacht at this time as an "occupation" unit, composed of soldiers, which despite being purely ground troops (i.e. not airborne or paratroops) and administratively a part of the Luftwaffe. Like all Luftwaffenfelddivisionen it was eventually transferred to the authority of the Heer (Army). I./(ind.) I.R.950 was subordinated to the tactical control of 16. Luftwaffenfelddivision which had its headquarters in Amstelveen, immediately to the south of Amsterdam. 16. Luftwaffenfelddivision had been assigned to the coastal defence of the province of North Holland.
Unloading some of the Nachrichtenzug’s equipment. Note the large reels of telephone cable. (War Photo Holland)
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