World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

2nd Mountain Division (Wehrmacht)

Article Id: WHEBN0001708689
Reproduction Date:

Title: 2nd Mountain Division (Wehrmacht)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Operation Platinum Fox, 244th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht), 338th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht), 189th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht), 242nd Infantry Division (Wehrmacht)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

2nd Mountain Division (Wehrmacht)

2. Gebirgs-Division
(English: 2nd Mountain Division)
Unit insignia
Active October 1938 – 8 May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Wehrmacht
Branch Heer
Type Gebirgsjäger
Role Mountain warfare
Size Division
Engagements World War II

The 2nd Mountain Division (German: 2. Gebirgs Division) was raised in 1938 from the former 6th Division and German mountain troops. It fought as part of Army Group South during the Invasion of Poland (1939, attacking from the territory of Slovak State), then took part in the invasion of Norway in 1940, and attempted to relieve the beleaguered 3rd Mountain Division at Narvik. In 1941 it moved into Lapland to participate in Operation Silberfuchs, the attack on the Soviet Arctic as part of Operation Barbarossa. In late 1944 it withdrew to Norway and then transferred to Denmark. In 1945, it fought on the Western Front, where it was engaged in heavy combat near Trier.

The Allies destroyed much of the division near Württemberg towards the end of the war, with survivors surrendering to the Americans.

Commanding officers

  • Generalleutnant Valentin Feurstein (1 April 1938 - 4 March 1941)
  • Generalleutnant Ernst Schlemmer (4 March 1941 - 2 March 1942)
  • Generalleutnant Georg Ritter von Hengl (2 March 1942 - 23 October 1943)
  • Generalleutnant Hans Degen (1 November 1943 - 6 February 1945)
  • Oberst Hans Roschmann, (6 February 1945 - 9 February 1945)
  • Generalleutnant Willibald Utz, (9 February 1945 - German capitulation)


  • Pipes, Jason. "2nd Gebirgsjager Division". Retrieved April 8, 2005.
  • Wendel, Marcus (2004). "2. Gebirgs-Division". Retrieved April 8, 2005.
  • "2. Gebirgs-Division". German language article at Retrieved April 8, 2005.

External links

  • Photo album of a mountain trooper in 2. Gebirgs-Division Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 136 in 1942-1944 at the Eastern Front.

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.