" were the men of the 6th Regiment not brave!"
Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte - after the war.


Originally formed in February 1943 in the Vannes/Bretagne area with:

Stab/FJR.6 new
I./FJR.6 from Luftwaffe-Feld-Bataillon 100
II./FJR.6 from IV./Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1
III./FJR.6 new

When the division left Italy for Russia, II./FJR.6 remained behind and became I./FJR.11. The rest of the regiment was disbanded, I./FJR.6 becoming I./FJR.7, while the remainder of the regiment was divided between FJR.2 and FJR.7.

At the beginning of 1944, the new Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was built at Köln-Wahn under the command of Major
Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte. Briefly attached to the 2. FJD before 6.6.44, the 6th Regiment consisted of 3 battalions, each battalion was made up of 3 rifle Kompanies armed with 18 machine guns and 3 (8cm) mortars each. In addition each battalion had a heavy weapons Kompanie armed with 12 heavy machine guns, 4 (8cm) mortas and 2 infantry howitzers.

The Regiment consisted of 3 additional support Kompanies;

13Kp. heavy mortar Kompanie; consisting of 9 (12cm) mortars, 8 machine guns.
14Kp. "Panzerjäger" Anti-tank    Kompanie; consisting of 4 (7.5cm) AT guns, 34 Panzer schecks, 6 machine guns.
15 Kp. "Pioniere" Engineer Kompanie; consisting of 2 (8cm) mortars, 6 machineguns.

The combined total strength of the 6th Regiment was 3457 men as of May 19, 1944.

In June of 1944 according to Von der Heydte the regiment was further strengthened. The bicycle platoon was strengthened to a full company and was now the 16. Kompanie. The following Kompanies where also added;
17Kp. (Fliegerabwehr) Kompanie
18Kp. (Kraftfahr) Kompanie
19Kp.(Versorgung und Instandsetzung) Kompanie
20Kp. (Feldersatz) Kompanie.

This brought the regiment to a total strength of 4,500 men.

About a third of the officers and a fifth of the NCO’s were battle hardened veterans from the 2FJD who aided in the training of the regiment. While the greater part of the regiment was made up of the last young volunteers straight from jump school, volunteers from the Luftwaffe ground personel and men from the Luftwaffe Field Divisions. The regiment had an average age of 17 1/2 years.

Rommel with some Battalion commanders of the 6FJR
Hauptmann Mager II/FJR6 (behind Rommel)
Hauptmann Trebes III/FJR6 (left of Rommel)

Major von der Heydte (towards rear facing away)

Major Von der Heydte

At the Köln-Wahn training ground the men of the 6th Regiment carried out parachute and glider training as well as weapons training with the Panzerfaust, Panzerschreck, Rifle, MP, light and heavy MG, Mortars and light field guns. On D-Day, the recently raised 6th Regiment under Major von der Heydte, was already stationed in the Normandy area. Acting independently from the 2FJD and under the control of the LXXXIV Corps, it had been in Normandy since May 13th with the Regiment HQ at the Hotel de Ville in Periers. FJR6 operated independently for the remainder of the war.

* 6.44, Normandy
* 9.44, Arnhem, under Fs.AOK.1 together with Division
Erdmann and Kampfgruppe Scheel.
* 1944/45, Aachen and Hürtgenwald

Commanders of the Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 6

* Maj Egon Liebach, 3.43 - ?
* Obstlt Wolfgang Meder-Eggebert, ? - 12.9.43
* Obstlt Harald Mors, 9.43 - 12.43
*
Obstlt Dr. Friedrich August Frhr von der Heydte, 1.44 - 9.44
* Oberst Fritz Hencke, 10.44 - 3.45

References: German Paratroops 1936-1945; Gregg Way
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