5th Mountain Division (Wehrmacht)

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5. Gebirgs-Division
(English: 5th Mountain Division)
5th Mountain Division logo.svg
Unit insignia
Active 1940–45
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Balkenkreuz.svg Wehrmacht
Branch Heer
Type Gebirgsjäger
Role Mountain warfare
Size Division
Nickname Gamsbock-Division, Sumpfjäger-Division
Engagements World War II
Commanders
Notable
commanders
General der Gebirgstruppe Julius Ringel (November 1, 1940 – February 10, 1944)

The 5th Mountain Division (German: 5. Gebirgs Division) was established in the Austrian Tirol in October 1940, out of regiments taken from the 1. Gebirgs-Division and the 10. Infanterie Division. Its first action was in the 1941 Balkans Campaign, when it took part in Operations Marita and Merkur; in the latter it was used in an air-landing role. In November, it returned to Germany for rehabilitation, and in April 1942 it was deployed to the Eastern Front, where it joined Army Group North on the Volkhov Front. In April 1943 it was redeployed to Italy. It fought out the remainder of the war in Italy and the Western Alps, and surrendered to the Americans near Turin in May 1945.

Units[edit]

  • 85. Gebirgsjäger-Regiment
  • 100. Gebirgsjäger-Regiment
  • 95. Aufklärungs-Battalion
  • 95. Panzerjäger-Battalion
  • 73. leichte Flak Batterie (Luftwaffe)
  • 95. Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment; I. - IV. Abteilung
  • 95. Gebirgs-Pionier-Battalion
  • 95. Nachrichten-Battalion
  • 95. Nachschubtruppen

Commanders[edit]

General der Gebirgstruppe Julius Ringel - the first commander of the 5th Mountain Division

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