Games predominantly featuring units of the Grossdeutschland Verbände
The Infantry Regiment Großdeutschland (aka "GD" for Gross Deutschland, or "Greater Germany") was created from the Watch Regiment Berlin just before the outbreak of World War II. This motorized infantry regiment was envisioned as the elite unit of the German Army. Participating in the invasion of the west in 1940, notably in Operation NIWI (an airlanding operation using Feiseler Storches) and at Stonne, the unit was well-blooded by the time of BARBAROSSA, having served also during the invasion of Yugoslavia.
During the invasion of the Soviet Union, GD was part of Army Group Centre and was part of the advance on Moscow. The regiment was nearly annihilated during the fighting around Tula in the winter of 1941-42, and the remnants were used as cadre to create the Infantry Division Großdeutschland on 1 April 1942. The division was well equipped with integral tank and assault gun units.
In 1943 the division was expanded to become the Panzergrenadier Division Großdeutschland. The division saw action at Kursk, where it trialled the new Panther tank. GD recruited nationally, unlike other divisions which used a local recruiting system, and standards were higher than for other formations, including a height requirement and restriction on men wearing spectacles. The division was usually first to combat trial new equipment, and was unusual in having its own organic unit of Tiger tanks.
The division fought to the end of the war on the Eastern Front. In November 1944 a Panzerkorps Großdeutschland was created, with additional corps-level units. By this time an entire "family" of GD formations existed, fighting on both western and eastern fronts - the Grossdeutschland Verbände, and included the Führer Grenadier Division, Führer Begleit Division, Division Kurmark, Division Brandenburg. In addition to its combatant duties, the original Großdeutschland unit also maintained security detachments at Führer Headquarters (alongside the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler of the SS), in addition to public duties units in Berlin. These units all came under the umbrella of the Grossdeutschland Verbände.
The GD division proper had its own Propaganda Kompanie and its experiences have been heavily chronicled, even in English. The division had a distinctive set of insignia consisting of a GD monogram worn on the epaulette and a cuff title, worn on the opposite sleeve to those worn by the SS (causing many since the war to mistakenly believe the formation belonged to that organization). The best-selling memoir "The Forgotten Soldier" also brought the division to public attention.
The division's prominence in the historical record has thus contributed to its popularity as a subject among wargame designers. This list will capture those games that predominantly feature or focus on the history of the Grossdeutschland.
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