The 1. Skijäger-Brigade was formed in September 1943 and was upgraded to 1. Skijäger-Division in June 1944.

Commanders

Oberst Hans von Schlebrügge (20 Aug 1943 - 12 May 1944)
Oberst Martin Berg (13 May 1944 - 2 June 1944)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army  (1)
- Jena, Heinz 17.09.1944 Oberleutnant Führer 2./Ski-Jg.Rgt 1
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (11)
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (1)
- Baier, Karl, 27.02.1944 Leutnant 7./Ski-Jg.Rgt. 1
Holders of the Knight's Cross (2)
- Bittner, Herwig 18.01.1944 Leutnant d.R. Zugführer i. d. 1./Stug.Abt 270
- Hellmich, Günther 20.12.1943 Oberleutnant Führer 2./Stug.Abt 270

Order of battle

Skijäger-Regiment 1
Skijäger-Regiment 2
Schwere Ski-Bataillon 1

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
skijager-brig-officers
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Two soldiers from the brigade, one with Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) and the other with MG42 in January 1944
skijager-brig-snow
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Sources used

Jill Halcomb & Wilhelm P. B. R. Saris - Headgear of Hitler's Germany, Vol 1
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Gordon Williamson - German Mountain & Ski Troops 1939-45

Reference material on this unit

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