Basic information



Short history of unit


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3rd Gebirgsjäger Division



Formed: on 1 st April 1939
Mobilized: on 26th August 1939
Home Station : the town of Graz ( Austria )


from 1938 to 1940: gen.lent. E. Dietl

from 1940 to 1943: gen.lent. H. Kreysing

from 1943 to 1944: gen.lent. A. Wittmann

in 1945: gen.lent. P. Klatt


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When Austria was added to the Reich, many Austrian Mountain units were added to the German Heer. The 2 nd Gebirgsjäger Division was formed this way, being formed from the 5 th and 7 th Austrian Division.
In 1939, the 3 rd Division (attacking from the
territory of Slovakia ) took part in the Invasion of Poland along with the 1 st and 2 nd Gebirgsjäger Divisions, but it was pulled out of Poland before the Campaign was concluded and was posted to the Western Front to guard against suspected Allied incursions along the Westwall.

With the invasion of Norway , the 3 rd Division supplied portions of its Division, including parts of its 139 th Gebirgsjäger Regiment, for the assault on the Northern coast of Norway . The 139 th Regiment was heavily engaged in operation holding the town of Narvik from the Allies until it was nearly destroyed, only to be saved by the collapse of the Allies in Norway and the surrender of the Norwegian Government, just days before elements of the 2 nd Gebirgsjäger Division managed to reach them and link up.

After operations in Northern Norway , the Division was posted to Finland , pulled back to Germany for rest and regrouping, and then posted back to Finland in the area around the town of Lenningrad . Soon after, the Division was moved to Army Group Center along the Eastern Front. In 1944, the Division was in the Southern Ukraine where it fought, and then in Hungary . Late in the War, the Division was pushed into Slovakia (Battle near the small Northern Slovak town of Liptovský Sv. Mikuláš in February 1945) and then into Southern Silesia , and it surrendered to the Soviets in May 1945.


  • After Battle for Narvik during Norway Campaign the Division was awarded by the arm shield “Narvik”

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