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The German Military Mark

The M.D.Stone Collection of German WWII Uniforms. 

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Part #4, Gebirgsjager, Truppen: Part #4, Gebirgsjager, Truppen: Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Gebirgs. Como-Linesman. There was the need for communications in all the services so higher command could make decision, and the radioman would report situations, and the need of specific supplies, but can you imagine stringing wires over mountains...or looking for the break in a wire!!! 205836997 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: This is an Unteroffizier from the XVIII. Gebirgskorp, 3. Kompanie Gebirgs-Nachrichten-Abteilung 70 and their story goes something like this, Gebirgs-Nachrichten-Abteilung 70 was formed on 1. April 1938 from Telegraph Bataillon 7 of the Austrian Army in Salzburg. The Abteilung became part of the XVIII. Gebirgskorp in 1940 in Wehrkreis VII. In December of that year the Abteilung was increased in size to four Kompanie. 205928286 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: After the Battle of France, the Division was selected to take part in 'Operation SeeLowe' the invasion of England, and, Operation Felix, the invasion of Gibraltar, both operations being cancelled after some amount of training. In the spring of 1941 elements of the Gebirgskorp was deployed in the Balkan Campaign at the Klidi Pass.�?�?�?�??�?¢â�??¬�?¡�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? Then on to Ptolemaida and led in the battle of Mount Olympus.�?�?�?�??�?¢â�??¬�?¡�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? 205836998 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Following the Battle of Thermopylae and the conquest of the Peloponnesus the Korp participated in the conquest of Crete.�?�?�?�??�?¢â�??¬�?¡�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? During November and December 1941, the Korp provided occupation forces for the military command of Serbia 205836999 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Transferred to Heeresgruppe Nord the Korp fought in Lappland until 1944, after the armistice of Finland and the USSR it conducted a fighting retreat to the Norwegian border. Transferred to West Prussian the Korp ended the war near Danzig. 205837000 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Gebirgs-Nachrichten troops provide all insure that all parts of the unit, in this case the XVIII. Gebirgskorp, are connected with radio, telephonic, and other communications. 205837002 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: The Unteroffizier is charged with insuring his section is trained and proficient to do its job. He is also responsible for equipment and its care as well as making sure each of his Jager is ready to survive in the harsh environment of mountain warfare. 205837001 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: The Unteroffizier wears the Feldbluse Model 36 with sewn in shoulder insignia. Both the collar Litzen and the shoulder insignia have the citron-gelb Waffenfarben of the Nachrichten troops. These old ciphered shoulder insignia have held up pretty good. 205837003 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: The Abteilung identifying number is embroidered directly into the insignia, standard for a Jager the rank of Unteroffizier or below. He wears the Bergmuz with metal Edelweiss insignia as well as Bergstiefel and Hosen, even while walking out. 205837004 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Like most his peers in 1940 he has no decorations on the Bluse save the hard earned sleeve Edelweiss badge showing he has passed the rigorous training required to be a Gebirgager. 205837005 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Details of the embroidered sleeve 1st rate, officers class, Edelweiss emblem sew on on his right sleeve. 205928288 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Adjustment holes for the built-in suspender belt hooks to poke threw, apparently were not used by this troop. 205928289 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: This interior of the earlier cut jacket is of a light tan color. It is fully lined item, and of solid quality construction. 205837006 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: This bandage is starting to show decay, but that is inevitable this uniform is made up of several real insignia saved by buying collections, and used on some of this stuff. 205837007 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Issued head wear for this troop-indicating he made it till then anyways, is a nice example of the feldgrau, the M43 style Bergmutze. 205837008 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: with the wood-like buttons on the front, and Metal-Edelweiss sewn to the side, it has been transformed into a close match for a , they had a smaller bill in general. 205837009 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Erel label inside Bergmutz. This to is a quality item, and may have been a custom job of the known pattern. 205837010 Gebirgsj�ger, Radio Operator, Regt. 70: Then we've provided the Erkennungsmarken. These where thought to be issued in a little pouch with twine going threw both pouch and disc, and around the neck. The way the cord went threw it all was sorta complicated and was tangled up easily, so more often than not-the string was taken from the pouch and used with out. 205928287 Gebirgsj�ger, Sturm-Pioneer: Here we see a very interesting shot, a Gebirgsjager with the Sturm Pioneer quantification patch, may be that was his job before entering service with the mountain corps, but I'm thinking he worked directly with the pioneers to build bridges and to help troops across rivers and streams as they tried to supply the group in their conquests! now moving those boats though must have been a challenge.... 205928290 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: This is another of the uniforms that just make me get into the collecting I guess, it's another one that was a bit of a puzzle to figure out... But the Gefreiter was from the Second Kompanie Gebirgs-Pionier Bataillon 54, 1st Gebirgs Division in 1941, that we got. 205837012 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: I can tell you the first Gebirgsjager Division was formed up on 9 April 1938 in Garmisch Partenkirchen from the Gebirgs-Brigade which was itself formed on June 1 1935. 205837013 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: The division was formed from mostly Bavarian's, and Austrians. These conscripted soldiers would fight with the 1. Gebirgsjager Division in Poland as part of Heeres Gruppe Sud and distinguished itself in battle in the Carpathian Mountains. 205837017 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: This Division di take part then in the Invasion of the then Yugoslavia in April 1941, where they pulled their weight well. But then came the assault deep into the Russian Frontier, Operation Barbarossa, and it did come as a shock to Stalin, not all the front lines soldiers though, but if you reported anything you were made a fool of. The division participated in the advanced threw the Stalin Line, to the the Dnieper and Mius Rivers. 205837014 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: In May of 1942 the division fought in the Second Battle of Kharkov and then, it participated in the Operation Edelweiss threw Southern Russia and the Caucuses. Lead elements of the division sent a detachment to raise the German flag on Mount Elbruse�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? on 21 August. 205837019 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: After the Caucasus campaign the division was posted to Yugoslavia, where it participated in the anti-Partisan offensive named Case Black�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? and later�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? Greece�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? where it took part in anti-partisan�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? operations. Note: The early pattern Litzen are sewn directly to the uniform?s collar, not to heavy backing cloth. 205837016 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: In November 1943, the division returned to Yugoslavia, where it took part in operations�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? Operation Kugelblitz Schneesturm and Waldrausch. In March 1944, the division was engaged in the Occupation of Hungary�?�?�?�??�?¢â�??¬�?¡�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? Operation Margarethe. The Feldbluse Model 1936 has the black with white edge detail unit cyphers embroidered into the shoulder insignia. 205837020 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: After Operation R�?�?�?�??�?�?�â�?��?��?�?â�?�š�?�??�?¼bezahl�?�?�?�??�?¢â�??¬�?¡�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? in Yugoslavia in August 1944, the division took part in defensive fighting against Red Army in Belgrade Offensive, and suffered severe losses. Black being the Waffenfarben of the Pioneer branch, White edging making the black stand out against the dark green badge cloth. The shoulder insignia is sewn into the shoulder joints. 205837021 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: During the operation, the division commander, general Stettner, was killed in the battle on 17 October on Avala�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? mountain near�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? Belgrade. In late November, it was transferred in�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? Baranja, to the most endangered spot of the German defense. 205837018 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: It was renamed,�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? 1. Volks-Gebirgs-Division�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? in March 1945. Its final major action was Operation Spring Awakening near�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? Lake Balaton against the�?�?â�?�š�?�??�? 3. Ukrainian Front. Two months later the shattered division surrendered to the Americans in�?�?â�?�š�?�??�?  Austria. 205837022 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: Throughout the divisions combat the Gebirgs-Pionier Bataillon 54 was at the forefront breaching the enemy's lines, bridging obstructions, clearing minefields; generally making the way clear for the divisions mountain infantry 205928309 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: The newly minted Gefreiter has earned the Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen for actions during the Battle of France and in Yugoslavia. 205837023 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: The Gefreiter basic training was followed by an intense period during which he had to master all the skills of the Pioneer. 205837025 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: The uniform in general is a typical (Generally well made) M36 pattern jacket with a full olive-brown lining. 205837024 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: It carries the large medical dressing in its internal buttoned pocket designed for just that, but often storing anything of need from tobacco to food and bullets. 205837026 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: The M43 was quickly adapted to the Gebirgsjager and they loved their traditional burg m�?�?�?�??�?�?�â�?��?��?�?â�?�š�?�??�?¼tze, that was being phased out and this cap adapted to most of the armed forces. 205837029 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: These soldiers one politically motivated outfit-than a tight knit group who was going to make it thru this war-their way. It carries a fine example of the mountaineers Edelweiss Emblem secured on the inside by being sewn in, these often were broken up when hit against a rock, or sat on while in a pocket and so-forth. 205837030 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: The cape with its stamp showing a quality construction. Its lined and insulated a bit against the cold. 205837031 Gebirgsj�ger, Pioneer Regt. 54: And his typical ID Tag. 205837027 Construction crew: To speed the advance of the division the Pioneer Bataillon builds a bridge across a mountain river. Pioneers would probably have cut and rough milled this timber prior to it being packed by mule train to the building site. 205928292 Gebirgsj�ger (Pioneer) : a Berg-Pioneer uses a pneumatic drill to prepare a route for troop advance, perhaps setting an anchor point for a bridge. 205928291 Gebirgsj�ger: Climbing mountains, no easy chore in itself, but can you imagine being a Pioneer- lugging all that up the hill too, or a Medic, with his supplies.... 205836995 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: This is a uniform of Medical Officer, and Oberst of the 2. Gebirgsjager Division. It is a excellent example for us to see how one of these special fellows looked. So starting off we'll go over some of his medical training: 205837093 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: Potential medical officers (Sanitatsoffizier-Nachwuchs) active medical office applicants were selected from graduate volunteers by Wehrkreis surgeon in connection with the recruiting sub-area commander. 205837097 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: These troops took part in the officer applicant training conducted for potential infantry officers, and after it's conclusion and short assignment to a field unit, were then appointed as officer candidates. At that time, they are assigned to the Medical Officer Academy and begin the various medical courses at the University. 205837099 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: After a probationary period of time they were promoted to medical technical sergeant (Feldunterazt). Upon passing their medical examination, they would become officers. 205837100 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: Soldiers in the Field, and Replacement Army may be accepted for this career if they fulfilled the require-ment's. Doctors and Medical Students may become reserve medical officers. 205837098 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: While taking medical courses at universities, the reserve medical officers candidates were assigned to medical officer feeder battalions (Sanitat Offizier-Eranzungs-Abteilungen). 205837103 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: The Gebirgsjager Bataillon is assigned Two Medical Officers, The Battalion Medical Officer and his Assistant, they were responsible for all medical issues within the battalion, both combat and noncombat. Note the fine officers shoulder boards with the blue piping, and guilt medical insignia pinned on it. 205837101 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: Their equipment contained quantities of medicine and dressings sufficient for the demands of major operations. Included was Tetanus antitoxin and a "pack filter apparatus" for the purification of water derived from any source. 205837102 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: The Equipment was packed in chests, and carried on a specialized medical vehicle, or often enough just pack mules. The equipment for the Battalion Medical Officer, together with his personal equipment that was kept in a leather case, served as the battalion aid station. 205837104 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: The Battalion Aid Station was generally located as close to the front as possible. As a rule, the wounded received their first treatment at this station, unless such aid was rendered in the battle itself. Aid by a Battalion Surgeon Specialist usually cannot be given, and no provision is made for it. 205837105 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: The medical service within the Gebirgsjager Bataillon is conducted independently by its own medical officers and their assistants-the medical NCO's and Sanitater. Provisions were made by for support by medical companies which go into action when casualties are heavy and serve mainly for the purpose of collecting the wounded in the zone of action. 205837106 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: Now we go to the second part, the Gebirgs Division: The 2. Gebirgsjager Division was raised in 1938 from the former 6. Division and German Mountain Troops. It fought as part of Army Group South during the Invasion of Poland in 1939, attacking from the Slovak State, then took part in the Invasion of Norway in 1940. 205928246 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: In Norway they attempted to relieve the beleaguered 3. Gebirgs Division at Narvik. In 1941 it moved into Lappland to participate in Operation Silberfuchs, the attack on the Soviet Arctic of part of the Barbarossa Operation. 205928248 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: In late 1944 in withdrew to Norway and then transferred to Denmark. In 1945 it was fighting on the Western Front, and became engaged in the heavy fighting near Trier. Much of the division was destroyed near Warttem-berg, towards the end of the war, the survivors surrendered to US. forces. 205837107 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: The uniform is a Feldbluse fur Offizier, with mounted officers BEVO quality national insignia, as well as a heavy bullion embroidered sleeve Edelweiss Gebirgsjagerabzeichen. On the left sleeve is the Narvik Campaign Shield showing this doctor has been with the division at least since the Norway Operations. The jacket is of good quality and fully lined in first class material. 205928249 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: His Ribbon bar shows he had proven his leadership in battle, and won the Eiserne Kreuz I u. II Klass, served in Russia threw the first winter, that was quite brutal in itself, and served at least 10 years in the army. His award include the Wunde badge in silver, so he suffered multiple wounds. 205928250 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: The uniform set probably was worn home, or POW Camp, in 1945 after the division had surrendered to the American forces, then made its way into the collecting circuit via a local Militaria show. Displaying a fair bit of wear and tear the Oberarzt uniform represents a near textbook example of the set, only needing the addition of officers Bergmutzez, Berghosen and mountain boots. 205837095 Gebirgsj�ger Sanit�tsoffizier: The Oberarzt uniform set includes a rare Feldmutz Offiziere, or Crusher cap in lieu of the more Common Bergmmutz fur Offizier that is worn in the field. The Feldmutz is piped in cornflower blue waffenfarbe and has the stemless Edelweiss pinned to the front. The set contains only the jacket and cap, but that gives a good picture of how he looked. 205928245 Gebirgsjager Officers, Waffenrock: The 5th Gebirgsjager-Division was initially formed in the Autumn of 1940, with the 100. Gebirgs-Regiment detached from the the 1. Gebirgsjager-Division. 205836954 Gebirgsjager Officers, Waffenrock: In March of 41, the Division moved into the Balkans and took part in the invasion of Greece. The unit then was selected for Air-Lifted onto Krete to reinforce the Fallschirmjager during the Airborne Assault on the island. 205836956 Gebirgsjager Officers, Waffenrock: His Schirmmutz matches nicely with the rest of the uniform, it has a slightly crushed look, this would not be regulation either, the internal spring may have removed for a different occasion, and never put back in, or his preference- he's a very decorated major, what are ya going to say right? 205836966 Move Gebirgs Wounded: The mountains is no place to get hurt, the slightest energies- sprained wrist, and broken ankles, could kill up there-let alone getting shot or bomb fragments in you...just to move some one down these cliffs became at time a major operation. Note: Second left soldier from wounded trooper, is a Sanitater, must have been some relief knowing the medic was also a climber- and could rig you up for the trip down. I'd say the odds were against you making it home if you were this far up the mountain and away from making back to a supply train back home. 205928293 Gebirgsj�ger on patrol: You can see how large-long clear fields of fire could be a very real hazard too- and good communication, would help in this manor a great deal- a mortar- or cross fir with machine guns could be devastating and movement by actual climbing or cross country skiers. And over hill was a slow labors prospect, with out supplies for long periods. 205928251