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it mentioned something about the Kriegsmarine Gebirgsjäger..
what is Kriegsmarine Gebirsgjager? does anyone heard anything about this Naval mountain troops?
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Posted by Björn from ti531210a000-0135.dialup.online.no (18.104.22.168) on Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 07:08:36 :
In Reply to: Re: The last of the last (Kampfgruppen) May 1945... + more questions posted by Michi from 535a.jkh.uni-linz.ac.at (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 05:46:51 :
I am not sure about other Uboat aces, the only reason this sounded familiar, is that I am currently reading Cremers books!
As for Narvik, these ad hoc units were organised by 18/4-40, and are known as:
Marinebatallion Erdmenger (sometimes referred to as "Marine-Regiment Erdmenger")
Marinebatallion v. Freytag
These two "batallions" had 2 companies each.
On the railway itself, same "Abschnitt", was Marine-Regiment Berger (Freg.Kpt Berger),w/ Mar.Btl Holtorf (3 coys), Mar.Btl Thiele (3 coys), Mar.Btl Zenker (2 coys) and Mar.Btl von Arnim.
Gruppe Windisch (at Bjerkvik)
Mar.Btl Kothe (3 coys formed from crewmembers from "Hermann Kühne".)
In German sources, the "batallions" sometimes are referred to as "Batallione", "Abteilungen", or "Kompanien". The men, about 2000, were mostly crew members of sunken ships, including U-64, and Coastal Artillery soldiers.
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Posted by Björn from ti531210a000-0135.dialup.online.no (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 07:13:37 :
In Reply to: Re: The last of the last (Kampfgruppen) May 1945... + more questions posted by Björn from ti531210a000-0135.dialup.online.no (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 07:08:36 :
I forgot this question: "Did this navy soldiers fight for alone at the front, or were DIETL's Gebirgsjäger attached to each navy unit, as a kind of stronghold??"
These naval units were mixed with Gebirgs,- and fallschirmjäger, except for the regiment at the railway. Positions did change rapidly, so some sailors ended up in the mountains - originally they were placed "as low as possible", guarding the shores etc.
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I was browsing through one of my books, and found a photo of KM sailors offloading for food in a port. One of the sailors has his head turned and you can see insignia on his hat. At first glance it looks like a U-Boat pin, but with a closer look you can see it's an Edelweiss.
Is this something he put on there without permission? Were they awarded?
Anyone have any detailed information of the survivors of the 10 Destroyer crews that fought on land at Narvik?
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Without seeing the picture, it is hard to definitively say, but the crew of U-124 wore the Edelweiss pin in honor and remembrance of being saved by General Dietl's Gebirgsjäger in Narvik in April 1940 when they were sunk in U 64. (The majority of the crew were the same in both boats) U 124 also wore this emblem.
The reference to Bonte's destroyer crews fighting alongside the mountain troops ashore is also accurate, though I don't have any information to indicate that they were given any status as mountain troops themselves, and there was no official edelweiss badge authorized in the Kriegsmarine. It is not uncommon, however, for unofficial emblems to find their way onto naval uniforms, especially for such circumstances.
Hope that is helpful!
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