Service in the Wehrmacht
1937 - Activation of the 1. Gebirgs-Division
On 1st November 1937 Gabriel Kopold
was drafted into the ever growing Wehrmacht.
He entered Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 which
had been formed on the 1st October 1937 in Mittenwald in the Bavarian Alps.
On the same date the 1. Gebirgs-Division was formed with its divisional
headquarters in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
After basic military training, Gabriel
Kopold served in the 12./Geb.Jäg.Rgt. 98 (12th Coy. of Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment
98) the 12th Coy. belonged to III. Battalion (3rd Battalion).
III. Battalion was garrisoned in Mittenwald
as was the Stab Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 (Regimental Headquarters).
Commander of the the 1. Gebirgs-Division was at that time Generalmajor
Kübler. Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 was commanded by Oberstleutnant
Schörner who towards the end of the war would become Generalfeldmarschall
and Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe Mitte (Supreme Commander of Army Group
Center) or what remained of that Army Group.
III. Battalion / Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment
98 was commanded by Oberstleutnant Picker, who, after promotion to the
rank of a Oberst (Colonel), would become commander of the Regiment.