The 1. Skijäger-Division was formed when 1. Skijäger-Brigade was upgraded to a division in June 1944 with the addition of elements from 52. Infanterie-Division. It fought south of Witebsk, retreating through Turow, Wojslawice and Opatow to Oberschlesien where it suffered heavy losses.
It surrendered in the Tabor-Pisek area at the end of the war, some elements of it managed to surrender to the US rather than Soviet forces, but they were handed over to the Soviets by the US.

Commanders

Generalmajor Martin Berg (5 June 1944 - 2 Oct 1944)
Generalleutnant Gustav Hundt (3 Oct 1944 - 15 Nov 1944)
Oberst Emmanuel von Kiliani (15 Nov 1944 - 8 Dec 1944)
Generalleutnant Gustav Hundt (? Dec 1944 - 24 Apr 1945)
Oberst Henze (? Apr 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
Oberst Bruno Weiler (? Apr 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Area of operations

Eastern front, central sector (June 1944 - Oct 1944)
Slovakia (Oct 1944 - Dec 1944)
Oberschlesien, Southern Poland & Czechoslovakia (Dec 1944 - May 1945)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (2)
- d’Albert, Benvenuto, 28.10.1944 Oberleutnant d.R. Kp.Fhr. 3./Ski-Jg.Rgt. 1
- Hoffmann, Georg 15.03.1945 Leutnant 9./Ski-Jg.Rgt 1
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army  (1)
- Wiest, Xaver 25.11.1944 Oberjäger 3./Ski-Jg.Rgt 1
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (20)
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (15)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (11, including one unofficial/unconfirmed)

Order of battle

1. Skijäger Regiment
- 1. Skijäger Battalion
- 2. Skijäger Battalion
- 3. Skijäger Battalion (added Dec 1944)
- 13. Support Company (mot)
- 15. Ski-Pioneer Company
2. Skijäger Regiment
- 1. Skijäger Battalion
- 2. Skijäger Battalion
- 3. Skijäger Battalion (added Dec 1944)
- Support Company (mot)
- Ski-Pioneer Company
1. Ski Füsilier Battalion
152. Panzerjäger Battalion (previously Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 270)
1. Heavy Ski-Battalion
152. Artillery Regiment
- 1/152. Artillery Regiment
- 18. Heavy Mortar Battalion
- 3/152. Artillery Regiment
- 4/152. Artillery Regiment
85. Ski-Pioneer Battalion
152. Ski Signal Troops
Ski Feldersatz Battalion
152. Supply Train
Service Troops

Insignia

In the fall of 1944 1. Skijäger-Brigade was granted to a special Skijäger cap badge consisting of the regular Jäger badge (three oak leaves and an acorn) with the addition of a ski on top of the leaves.

Two officers from 1. Skijäger-Brigade on the Eastern front in the spring of 1944, note the special Skijäger cap badge
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(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Steyr Raupenschlepper Ost (RSO) of 1. Skijäger-Division
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(Courtesy of Andrei Bogomolov)

Sources used

Jill Halcomb & Wilhelm P. B. R. Saris - Headgear of Hitler's Germany, Vol 1
Andris J. Kursietis - The Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - Hitler's Legions: The German Army Order of Battle World War II
George F. Nafziger - The German Order of Battle: Infantry in World War II
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Gordon Williamson - German Mountain & Ski Troops 1939-45

Reference material on this unit

Georg Gunter - Die deutschen Skijäger: Von den Anfängen bis 1945

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