To return to Sealion for a moment: Akte 1348, unfortunately damaged, contains info about the role of the 22nd (airlanding) division.
https://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/ ... rid/zoom/1
As in Holland, the plan was that the division would be brought across when suitable landing fields were secured. At the end of September, the division moved to the region Laon-Maubeuge, in the vicinity of the airfields where the 7. Fliegerdivision would start from. The division was apparently still organised and equipped as a standard infantry division, meaning that vehicles, guns and horses not suitable for air transport would have to be left behind. The Erdstaffel
included 7,165 officers and men, 4,797 horses and 963 vehicles, so the air-landed force (fliegende Staffel
) would be about 10,000 strong (at most).
Graf von Sponeck, who had commanded the division in May, wrote a lengthy evaluation of the operations in Holland, analysing the problems:
Lack of intelligence. Old aerial photographs; recent ones would have shown field fortifications and AA gun positions. Insufficient air support. Direct radio contact between the troops on the ground and bombers/fighters not possible.
On the 18th of October, the division came under command of V. Army Corps, meaning, presumably, that the airlanding plans were off the table for the time being.