German WWII Gebirgsjäger Ski Troop Cloth Badge
New Made Item: Top Quality Embroidery! Hand embroidered with glued-on cloth backing. Gebirgsjäger are the light infantry part of the alpine or mountain troops (Gebirgstruppe) of Germany and Austria. The word Jäger (meaning "hunter" or "huntsman") is a characteristic term used for light-infantry or light-infantryman in German-speaking military context.
The mountain infantry of Austria have their roots in the three Landesschützen regiments of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The mountain infantry of Germany carry on certain traditions of the Alpenkorps (Alpine corps) of World War I. Both countries' mountain infantry share the Edelweiß insignia. It was established in 1907 as a symbol of the Austro-Hungarian Landesschützen regiments by Emperor Franz Joseph I. These troops wore their edelweiss on the collar of their uniforms. When the Alpenkorps came to aid the Landesschützen in defending Austria-Hungary's southern frontier against the Italian attack in May 1915, the grateful Landesschützen honoured the men of the Alpenkorps by awarding them their own insignia: the edelweiss. Together with the Fallschirmjäger (Paratroopers) they are perceived as the elite infantry units of the German Army.
3" H x 2" W
Heer (Army) Mountain units
1st Mountain Division (later 1st Volksgebirgs Division)
2nd Mountain Division
3rd Mountain Division
4th Mountain Division
5th Mountain Division
6th Mountain Division
7th Mountain Division (previously 99th Light Infantry Division)
8th Mountain Division (previously Division Nr. 157, 157th Reserve Division, 157th Mountain Division)
9th Mountain Division (previously Shadow Division Steiermark and Division zbV 140)
188th Mountain Division (previously Division Nr. 188, 188th Reserve Mountain Division)
Waffen SS Mountain units
6th SS Mountain Division Nord
7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen
13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian)
21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg (1st Albanian)
23rd Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Kama (2nd Croatian)
24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Karstjäger
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