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German Jaeger Division



 Jäger Structure - WW1  Jäger Units development in German Imperial Army.

Pre-war units

Theses were organised units of light infantry or sharpshooters basically at battalion level and attached to larger units (divisions/corps) mainly as scouts or light quick reaction forces.

  • Germany (Imperial) Army
    • Royal Prussian Guard Jäger Battalion
    • Royal Prussian Guard Schützen Battalion
    • Royal Prussian Jäger Battalion Count York von Wartenburg (East Prussian) No.1
    • Royal Prussian Jäger Battalion Prince Bismarck (Pomeranian) No.2
    • Royal Prussian Brandenburg Jäger Battalion No.3
    • Royal Prussian Magdeburg Jäger Battalion No.4
    • Royal Prussian Jäger Battalion von Neumann (1st Silesian) No.5
    • Royal Prussian 2nd Silesian Jäger Battalion No.6
    • Royal Prussian Westphalian Jäger Battalion No.7
    • Royal Prussian Rhineland (or Rhenish) Jäger Battalion No.8
    • Royal Prussian Lauenburg Jäger Battalion No.9
    • Royal Prussian Hanoverian Jäger Battalion No.10
    • Royal Prussian Electoral Hessian Jäger Battalion No.11
    • Royal Saxon Jäger Battalion No.12
    • Royal Saxon Jäger Battalion No.13
    • Grand-Ducal Mecklenburg Jäger Battalion No.14
    • Royal Bavarian 1st Jäger Battalion
    • Royal Bavarian 2nd Jäger Battalion

With the onset of WW1 more battalions were raised and were formed into larger regiments usually with two or three battalions.

WW1 1914 to 1916

Germany (First World War)

1914

  • Guard Reserve Jäger Battalion
  • Guard Reserve Schützen Battalion
  • Reserve Jäger Battalions 1-14
  • Bavarian Reserve Jäger Battalions 1-2
  • Bavarian Ski Battalions 1-2

1915

  • Reserve Jäger Battalions 15-26
  • Royal Prussian 27th Jäger Battalion (Finnish Volunteers)
  • Bavarian Ski Battalions 3-4
  • Württemberg Ski Company (later renamed the Württemberg Mountain Company and expanded to a Battalion, then a Regiment)
  • Bavarian Jäger Regiment No.1 (1st and 2nd Bavarian Jäger Battalions, 2nd Bavarian Reserve Jäger Battalion)
  • Jäger Regiment No.2 (10th Jäger Battalion, 10th and 14th Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • Bavarian Jäger Regiment No.3 (1st - 4th Bavarian Ski Battalions)
  • Alpine Corps (1st, 2nd & 3rd Jäger Regiments)

1916

  • Württemberg Mountain Battalion
  • Jäger Regiment No.4 (11th Jäger Battalion, 5th and 6th Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • Jäger Regiment No.5 (17th, 18th and 23rd Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • Jäger Regiment No.6 (5th, 6th and 14th Jäger Battalions)
  • Jäger Regiment No.7 (13th Jäger Battalion, 25th and 26th Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • Jäger Regiment No.8 (4th, 16th and 24th Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • Jäger Regiment No.9 (8th Jäger Battalion, 12th Reserve Jäger Battalion)
  • Jäger Regiment No.10 (12th Jäger Battalion, 13th Reserve Jäger Battalion)

During 1917 reorganisation into regiments continued and a Jäger Division was created.

1917

  • Royal Bavarian 29th Infantry Regiment (Jager Regiment) (1st Bavarian Reserve Jager Battalion, 7th and 9th Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • German Jäger Division (11th, 12th & 13th Jäger Regiments)

The German Jäger Division included

  • 11th Jäger Regiment
  • 12th Jäger Regiment
  • 13th Jäger Regiment

It also included other divisional support units.

1918

  • Württemberg Mountain Regiment
  • Jäger Regiment No.11 (Guard Reserve Jäger Battalion, Guard Reserve Schützen Battalion, 1st Jäger Battalion)
  • Jäger Regiment No.12 (2nd and 7th Jäger Battalions, 1st Reserve Jäger Battalion)
  • Jäger Regiment No.13 (8th, 20th and 21st Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • Jäger Regiment No.14 (15th, 19th and 22nd Reserve Jäger Battalions)
  • Bavarian Reserve Jäger Regiment No.15 (1st Bavarian Reserve Jager Battalion and Caucasian Railway Protection Battalion)



 Divisional Structure 1918  Jäger Division part of 54th Corps z.b.V - German Second Army.

Divisional Order of Battle on formation in 1917.

Stab 5th Ersatz Infantry Brigade

  • Stab 4th Dragoon Regiment - von Bredow (1st Schlesisches)
  • Guards Reserve Jäger Battalion
  • Guards Reserve Schützen Battalion

  • Stab 2nd Uhlen Regiment - von Katzler (Schlesisches)
  • 1st Reserve Jäger Battalion
  • 2nd Pomeranian Jäger Battalion (Fürst Bismarck)

  • Stab 8th Royal Bavarian Chevalliers Regiment
  • 8th Reserve Jäger Battalion
  • Wurttemberg Mountain Battalion
  • Brandenberg Jäger Battalion

Notes

Stab refers to a Headquarters or Command to which units can be attached.

In the Corps title - z.b.V (zur besonderen Verwendung) translates to "For Special Use"

 Divisional Structure 1918  Jäger Division part of 54th Corps z.b.V - German Second Army.

Divisional Order of Battle 1918

5th Ersatz Infantry Brigade

  • Jäger-Regiment Nr. 11
    • The Regiment was formed in October 1917 on the Italian front.
    • The regimental staff was the staff of the Dragoner Nr. 4
    • Garde Reserve Jäger Bataillon,
    • Garde Reserve Schützen Bataillon,
    • Jäger Bataillon Nr. 1
    • The Regiment was part of the Deutsche Jäger Division, the commander was Oberstleutnant Freiherr von Bettendorf
  • Jäger-Regiment Nr. 12
    • The Regiment was formed in October 1917 on the Italian front.
    • The regimental staff was the staff of the Ulanen Regiment Nr. 2
    • Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 2,
    • Reserve Jäger Bataillon Nr. 1,
    • Jäger Bataillon Nr. 12 (from 1.12.1917)
    • The Regiment was part of the Deutsche Jäger Division, the commander was Oberstleutnant von Pappritz of the Ulanen Regiment Nr. 2
  • Jäger-Regiment Nr. 13
    • The Regiment was formed in October 1917 on the Italian front.
    • The regimental staff was the staff of the 8. Bayerische Chevauleger-Regiment
    • Reserve Jäger Bataillon Nr. 8,
    • Reserve Jäger Bataillon Nr. 20,
    • Reserve Jäger Bataillon Nr. 21
    • The Regiment was part of the Deutsche Jäger Division, the commander was Oberstleutnant von Bibra of the 8, Bayerische Chevauleger-Regiment
  • 1st Squadron 10th Dragoon Regiment - King Albert of Saxony (east Prussian)

    224th Artillery Command

    • 24th Holstein Field Artillery Regiment
    • 4th Bavarian Foot Artillery Regiment

    422 Pioneer Battalion

    901 Communications Command

    Divisional Commanders

    • Oberst Georg von Wodtke - 14th Sep to 23rd Nov. 1917
    • Generalmajor Johannes von Dassel - 24th Nov 1917 to 14th Dec 1918.



    9th Oct 1918 Final Actions in 1918  Jäger Division part of 54th Corps z.b.V German Second Army. are engaged in fighting in and around the Hermannstellung from 9th to 21st of October.

    After the Armistice (1100 on the 11th November 1918) the Division began the clearance of occupied areas and the march home to Berlin where it was disbanded on the 18th December 1918.

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