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42.Jäger-Division

Unit Emblems


42.Jäger-Division Emblem  

History


The 42.Jäger-Division was formed in Croatia on 12.22.43 from the 187.Ersatz-Division. The 187th was stationed in Croatia at the time, and was to be formed into the 187.Jäger-Division, but was instead transfered into the newly forming 42.Jäger-Division.

The 42.Jäger-Division took part in Operation "Margarethe" in Hungary in 1944, and later saw action fighting partisans in the Papuk Mountains. Soon after, the Division was moved to Italy where took part in security operations along the Italian Coast near the French Boarder, and later in fighting in Northern Italy where it was finally taken by the British in April of 1945.

The 42nd Operated in Croatia, Hungary, Yugoslavia and finally in Italy.

Organization


General Composition
Jäger-Regiment 24
Jäger-Regiment 40
Artillerie-Regiment 142
Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 142
Aufklarüng-Abteilung 142
Pioner-Bataillone 142
Nachrichten-Abteilung 142
4th Divsional Support Units

Knights Cross Holders


No KC holders for this unit

War Service


Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
3.44-4.44 Befh. Syrmien 2. Pz. Armee Bosnien
5.44 Reserve OKH Agram
6.44-7.44 LXXV Zangen C Ligurien
8.44 Jahn Ligurien C Ligurien
9.44-10.44 XIV 14. Armee C La Spezia
11.44-1.45 XIV 10. Armee C Bologna
2.45-4.45 LXXVI 10. Armee C Ravenna, Ferrara

German Bibliography


  • Die deutschen Infanterie-Divisonen, Band 1-3, by Werner Haupt
  • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
  • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen... der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Band 1-4, by Schmitz/Thies
  • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS..., Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
  • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
  • Die Deutsche Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Ihre Kommando. u. Grossverbände... im Zweiten Weltkrieg, author unknown
  • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown
  • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Suchdienst, Divisionsschicksale, author unknown

English Bibliography (Available on Amazon)