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On this page you will find items related to the Gebirgsjäger which do not fit easily into any of my other sections.
Gebirgsjäger Music & Songs
Songs, music and tunes of the Jäger soldaten. I will add new material as it comes to hand.

Photo ScrapBook
Photo Scrap-Book section will contain rare and exclusive images of Gebirgsjäger during WW2.

Go to the Photo Section The Modern Gebirgsjäger
New section with photographs from the book "Der Stoss in Frankreichs Herz" about the 1. Gebirgsjägers push into France 1941.
This new section features the Bundeswehr Gebirgsjägers 2./225 Geb. Art. Btl.
The Awards Section Veterans Associations
Gabriel's Story - Click to Procede to Section Gabriels Story
 This link will take you to the complete story of Gabriel Kopold who served in the 1.Gebirgs Division Rgt 98. It follows him through Austria and the Sudetenland, The Campaign into Poland, The Campaign into France, Unternehmen "Seelöwe", Unternehmen "Felix", The Campaign into Yugoslavia, Unternehmen "Barbarossa" and the withdrawal into Greece.
This is a recent article about the 91. Rgt  4. Division reunion run in a local newspaper in Dusseldorf Germany. 
Local news: Altoetting (Bavaria)
Gebirgsjäger Present their Comradeship

 110 participants and many guests of honor at the meeting in Weissbraeu -Graming - Thanks to the organizer Franz Staar Altoetting (local editorial office). For the eleventh time Franz Staar called his former mountain comrades of the regiment 91 / 4th Mountain Division to the "Weissbraeuhaus" in Gramig. 

 50 persons had already met at the reunion which took place at the evening before. They saw a slide show of Robert Tiefenthaler, which was a review of the years from 1941 to 1945 and the strenuous route of the 4th Gebirgs-Division, and it also showed pictures of the meetings from the 1985 on until 1995 in Altoetting und Baisweil (Oberallgaeu, Bavaria) as well as of the journey in the year 1993 to Noworossijsk. Altogether here were 110 participants. 

 The ceremony was inaugurated by the organizer Franz Staar, who expressed his delight about the great number of participants. 

 He welcomed the representative of the district administrator, Alfred Loibl, the second major of the town Altoetting, Wolfgang Sellner, the major of the community Kastl, Sebastian Haider, the patron of the day, Major Dr. Franz Seebacher from Graz, Hauptmann Dr. Hansemann, Graz, the leader of the battalion, Hauptmann Rudolf Goettinger from Munich, Oberleutnant Luschner from Amberg, and the eldest of this group with 90 years, Hauptmann Dr. Teschemacher from the Taunus, as well as Oberleutnant Fritz Gottesheim from Wuppertal and the 
assistant medical director of the battalion, Dr. Franz Kraus. 

 Dr. Seebacher as the patron of the event honored after his speech those comrades which deceased since the last meeting and commemorated those which were killed during the war. 

 Hauptmann Hansemann thanked for the invitation and said that he was very happy to be able to share some time with his former comrades, too. The representative of the district administration Alfred Loibl expressed his delight that he could attend that meeting the fourth time. Staar should 
reconsider his announcement to organize the meeting the last time. At the fifth time he and mayor Sellner could present a gift to Franz Staar - for the "little" anniversary. 

 "Without responsibility for each other", said Loibl, "without faithfulness for each other, without the goodwill which over bridges the frontiers of nations, without passionate dedication for the justice of 
nations among each other our wealthy would be risked and our future uncertain." 

 The greeting speech of the 2nd mayor Wolfgang Sellner began with the words "enemies became friends". The younger generation had no right to pass judgement on the past, as it had happened at the exhibition in Munich. "We should speak with your words and admonish to aim for peace, 
and what we miss today in politics is comradeship and solidarity!". In the sequel of the event there were further honors for faith to the comradeship and the achievements for the organization of those meetings. 

Uboat tag
On the Conning Tower of U124 there was painted an Edelweiss flower. This was adopted by Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Schulz after events in Norway in which U64 was sunk. Here is the story......

 Commanded by Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Schulz the U-boat U64was sunk while at anchor off Bjerkvik on the 13th April 1940, in the Herjangs fjord near Narvik, Norway. 

 Swordfish Aircraft from the British Battleship H.M.S. Warspite attacked U64 which was hit by two 100 pound bombs. U64 sank within 30 seconds of being hit. Of the 48 members of the crew, 36 survived the attack.

 The survivors managed to make a free ascent to the surface where they were rescued by members of the 139th Gebirgsjäger Regiment of the 3. Division under the command of Generalleutnant Eduard Dietl.

 There is also an interesting side note to this incident. It appears that the 139th Gebirgsjäger Regiment also rescued the crew (at least some) of the German destroyer Hermann Kunne which was also in the Herjangsfiord on the same day. 

 It was attacked by the British from the air at about 1350p (local time), and hit numerous times.  The ship's captain managed to beach the ship near Troldvik.  Troldvik is just a bit south and east of Bjerkvik, the sight of the sinking of the U64.

 It also notes the fact that the crew of the Hermann Kunne joined up with the 139th and fought as ground troops during this period in the defense of Narvik.  It has to be assumed that all able-bodied members of the U64 crew performed the same task. 

 This is due to three factors:  First, the proximity of the times and locations of the attacks. The two attacks took place in the span of roughly an hour and a half, and the two locations are at most 5 miles apart.  The second is due to the tactical situation in the Narvik area.

 The Germans were surrounded and using ever possible able bodied person in a combat role. 

Thanks to Dan Glatt for additional U64 sinking information

Uboat Emblem
schulz note
 It was noted that the destroyer crew fought as ground infantry.  It is the logical that unless wounded, a U-boat crew without a U-boat would be pressed into much the same service.  Finally, the Narvik Shield Award (see below) itself can answer some questions.  These were issued to those men who fought mainly as ground troops during the seige/defense of Narvik.  An anchor for naval troops is included as one of the three main emblems on the shield. 

 After the Battle of Narvik U-boat crews that took part in this campaign took to wearing the Edelweiss cap badge on the side of there caps (photo above) for the duration of the war.

Narvick group
In the photo above Gebirgsjäger and Kriegsmarine sailors tend to a wounded comrade.
Narvik Note
Navik Shield
The Narvik Shield was instituted on 19 August 1940 and was awarded to all personnel of  Heer, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe who had taken part in the Battle for Narvik in Norway between 9. April and 9. June 1940. 

 The Shield came in two versions. One in a gilt-coloured finish for Kriegsmarine personnel, and the more common matt grey metal finish for use by Heer and Luftwaffe personnel. 
The three branches of the Wehrmacht are represented on the Shield, the Edelweiss for the army units (many of whom were predominantly Gebirgsjäger Troops, the propeller for the Luftwaffe, and the anchor for the Kriegsmarine. The awards were made on the approval of General of Mountain Troops - Eduard Dietl, commander of army group Narvik.


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