9th Gebirgsjager Division
Home Station: ?
Division composed of:
This unit was actually two units, and both German units with refrence to
being the 9th, were actually never labeled as
such. As well, no information is available on the composition of either
unit being refered to as the 9th. This is most likely a result of the late
stage the War was in when the move was made to create the 9th Division and
the chaos the must have
existed in the Wehrmacht and Heer at the time. With time, maybe new
information about these units will arise.
History and Campaigns:
As was stated, the 9th Gebirgsjager Division never really existed, although
refrence seems to have been made to two units as being the 9th Gebirgsjager
Division in late 1945.
Schematische Kriegsgliederung (A detailed offical
listing of the divisions locations):
What is known about the two units refered to as the 9th Division is as
follows. The first unit called the 9th was Division Nord and it was
supposedly formed from Divisonal Group Krautler that was serving in Norway
at the time. The second unit was called Division Ost, and it was formed
from Battle Group Semmering fighting the Soviets on the crumbling Eastern
Front. In both cases, the change to the 9th Gebrigsjager Division wasn't put
into motion until a few days before the end of WWII, and therefore, no
records really exist of the units per-say. All operational maps and other
records list the above units as Kampfgruppe Semmering or Divisional Group
Krautler or 140th Division z.b.V. and not as the 9th in either case.
According to the German Red Cross search lists, two divisions were to
be formed in 3.45:
Fate: Nord surrendered to the British, Ost mainly to the Soviets.
9. Gebirgs-Division Nord from Divisionsgruppe Kräutler in Norway
9. Gebirgs-Division Ost from Kampfgruppe Semmering
None are mentioned in the feldpostübersicht.
The Nord division is still only mentioned as Div. Gruppe Kräutler
in the Schematische Kriegsgliederung for 12.4.45 (last entry).
The Ost division* is mentioned in the Schematische Kriegsgliederung
as Kampfgruppe Oberst Raithel (for 4.45) under III. Corps/6. Armee.
An order for 25.4.45 mentions that a 9. Geb. Div. was to be formed from
Geb.Jäger-Div. Steiermark (Schatten-Div.).
* formed from Geb.Jäger-Unterführerschule, Geb.Art. Schule
Dachstein, SS-Geb.Jäger-Ers.Btl. Loeben and men from Kampfgeschwader
On 25.4.45 two RAD-Brigaden were formed:
Both consisted of 2 Jäger-Regiments (each 2 battalions), an Artillerie-Abt.
and a Pionier-Btl.
Both brigades were = Div. Steiermark.
The division were ordered on the same day, to become part of the new
9. Geb. Div.