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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

9th Gebirgsjager Division

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.

  • 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.
Schematische Kriegsgliederung (A detailed offical listing of the divisions locations):

According to the German Red Cross search lists, two divisions were to be formed in 3.45:
  • 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 27.

Gebirgsjäger-Division Steiermark

On 25.4.45 two RAD-Brigaden were formed:

  • RAD-Brigade Steiermark in Murstal
  • RAD-Brigade Enns in Ennstal

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.

Fate: Nord surrendered to the British, Ost mainly to the Soviets.