Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 5


Formed in 5.42 with:

Stab/FJR.5 new
I./FJR.5 new
II./FJR.5 from II./Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1
III./FJR.5 from III./Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1

In 7.42 II./FJR.5 was sent to Africa and joined Brigade Ramcke, while the rest of the regiment transferred to Reims (training for Operation Hercules, attack om Malta).

Stab, I. and III./FJR.5 were transferred to Tunisia in November 1942, joining Brigade Ramcke. II./FJR.5 was apparently disbanded shortly afterwards.

On 2.43 FJR.5 was redesignated Jäger-Regiment Hermann Göring, now part of Division General Göring. Destroyed 5.43.

Reformed 10.43 (only II./FJR.5) and saw action in South Russia together with 2. Fallschirm-Jäger-Division (10.43 Shitomir, 1.44 Kirovograd), but was destroyed at Kirovograd. Only the Stab II./FJR.5 remained and on 7.44 became Stab/FJR.16.

An entire new regiment began forming 1.44 in Reims, later Brest. When III./FJR.1 arrived in Brest in March 1944, it became the basis of the new FJR.5. The regiment was almost totally destroyed in Normandy, and had to be reformed in Oldenzaal, October 1944.


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