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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

8th Gebirgsjager Division

Formed: February, 1945
Mobilized: (?)
Wehrkries: VII
Home Station: Garmisch
Division composed of:

  • 1,2,3 Abteilung, 296th Gebirgsjager Regiment
  • 1,2,3 Abteilung, 297th Gebirgsjager Regiment
  • 1,2,3 Abteilung, 1057th Gebirgs Artillerie Regiment
  • 1057th Panzerjager Abteilung
  • 1057th Signals Abteilung
  • 1057th Pioneer Abteilung
  • 1057th Divisional support units
History and Campaigns:
  • The 8th Gebirgsjager Division was formed late in the War by converting the 157th Gebirgsjager Division, in name, to the 8th Gebirgsjager Division. Nothing else about the Division appears to have been changed.

  • An attempt was made to raise the 8th Gebirgsjager Division before 1945, in 1944, by using soldiers from the 139th Gebirgsjager Regiment, but the attempt was never completed and the men being used were formed into Divisional Group Krautler and given the description, Division 140 z.b.V, which meant the unit was a "special purpose" unit. That unit spent its life in Norway.

  • When the 8th was finally created by renaming the 157th Gebirgsjager Division, it saw action in Italy for the duration of its short life, fighting in mainly Northern Italy against the Allies in the Bologna area and Po Valley. The Division surrendered to the Americans in April, 1945.
Schematische Kriegsgliederung (A detailed offical listing of the divisions locations):

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
3.45 - 4.45 XIV 14. Armee C North Italy

Fate: Surrendered to the Americans in April, 1945.