42. Jager Division

German Heer 1935-1945.

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Lupo Solitario
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42. Jager Division

Post by Lupo Solitario » Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:42 am

I'm loking for data on 42. Jager Division in 1944-45. Is there some record about its quality, I mean, do you know how much good was it? Any data of other sort?

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Re: 42. Jager Division

Post by EricS » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:55 am

In German order of battle Samuel W. Mitcham writes the following concerning this division in 1944-1945:

'In March 1944, it took part in the occupation of Hungary but was back in northern Yugoslavia by May. Shortly afterward it was transferred to Genoa, northern Italy, and was in combat in the Gothic Line campaign of September 1944. It fought well there, as it did in the Battle of Bologna (December 1944) and in the final campaign in Italy. By March 1945 it had a strength of less than 2,600 men; nevertheless it fought on until April 24, 1945, when it was crushed by the Anglo-Saxons south of the Po River - the victim of another of Hitler's "hold at all costs" orders. The remnants of the 42nd Jager surrendered to the British near Belluno at the end of the month.'

source: Samuel W. Mitcham jr., German order of battle. Volume two: 291st-999th Infantry Divisions, Named Infantry Divisions and Special Divisions in WWII (Mechanicsburg 2007) 245.

This is quite basic information but I hope it helps.
Eric

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