NQM Heer Gebirgsjäger Division
The Gebirgsjäger divisions were veteran troops and should usually be graded as such in NQM.
Divisional HQ including Gebirgsjäger Signal Battalion and Aufklärungs Battalion
Comd (C3) in Kubelwagen or staff car
Signals Vehicle* (C3)
3 Bicycle Recce (@R1)
Ammo truck (L3)
Ambulance truck (L3)
Mule Train (L3)
Feldgendarmerie base (F1)
* A mule mounted radio might not be totally accurate but would make a good base to model.
Gebirgsjäger Regiment HQ x 2
Regt Comd, Regt Gun (3.7cm or 7.5cm PaK ) + limber (CS3)
(3 strength 1 bases comprising a single strength 3 Command Support stand in total)
Gebirgsjäger Battalion x up to 6
Comd + MMG, 81 or 120mm Mortar, HMG (CS3)
3 Rifle (F3)
Gebirgsjäger Artillery Regiment
RHQ comd (C3)
10.5cm Leichtgeshutz 40 (S3) + limber (L3)
75cm Gebirgsgeschutz 36 (S3) + Kettenrad limber (L3)
Gebirgsjäger FlaK Kompagnie
2cm FlaK may be self-propelled or motorised + integral limber (S3).
Gebirgsjäger PaK Anti- Tank Battalion
7.5cm PaK 40 may be self-propelled or towed (S3) + Limber (L3)
StuG (S3) + Limber (L3)
These chaps were promised a StuG, but were given a towed 3.7cm PaK
Gebirgsjäger Pioneer Battalion
Comd + 2 Pioneer bases (E3)
2 Trucks (L3) or 1 with optional Trailer (L3) replacing 1 truck.
Phil Steele’s 1st Gebirgsjäger Division does not quite follow NQM organisation (it has 9 infantry bases; we normally give divisions 12-18 in a big game), but is close enough and fares well in battles :
The following Mountain Divisions were raised. I have briefly recorded where they fought:
1st – Polish Campaign 1939, Autumn 1942 Russia, 1943 Greece.
2nd – Polish Campaign 1939, Norway, 1945 Western Front
3rd – Polish Campaign 1939, Norway, Russia.
4th – 1941 Balkans, Crimea, Russia KERCH Peninsula.
5th – 1941 Balkans, Greece, Crete, Norway, Russia LENINGRAD, Italy CASSINO.
6th – France, Poland, 1941 Balkans, Greece, Crete, Norway.
7th – South Russia 1941, Finland, Norway.
8th – Norway, Finland, 1944 Italy. Never reached full strength, undistinguished
9th – In 1945 two formations were accidently designated the 9th Mtn Div. Both were only battlegroup size.*
188th Reserve Mountain Division – Southern Italy, Balkans.
1. Mitcham, S. W. (1985) Hitler’s Legions, German Army Order of Battle. England, Leo Cooper.
2. Ellis, J. (1988) The World Wat II Databook. BCA.
3. Records of Headquarters, German Army High Command, National Archives Microcopy No. T-78, Roll 398, American Historical Association Committee for the Study of War Documents, Washington, DC., 1960 in http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/944GXAE.pdf [accessed 4/10/2014]
*The General Staff loses units more often than we think. Nobody realised that 11 Field Squadron RE had landed in the Falklands until a couple of days after the event. As for NQM units … you only have to read the blog!