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The 5. Jäger-Division was formed 6 July 1942 by the reorganization and redesignation of the 5. Leichte Infanterie-Division. Largely destroyed north of Berlin, the division crossed the Elbe and surrendered to the US Army on 2 and 3 May 1945 at Wittenberge and Lenzen respectively.

Commanders

General der Infanterie Karl Allmendinger (? July 1942 - 4 Jan 1943)
General der Infanterie Hellmuth Thumm (4 Jan 1943 - 1 Mar 1944)
Generalmajor Johannes Gittner (1 Mar 1944 - 30 June 1944)
General der Infanterie Hellmuth Thumm (30 June 1944 - 1 Nov 1944)
Generalleutnant Friedrich Sixt (1 Nov 1944 - 19 Apr 1945)
Generalleutnant Edmund Blaurock (19 Apr 1945 - ? Apr 1945)

Area of operations

Eastern front, northern sector (July 1942 - Feb 1944)
Eastern front, central sector (Feb 1944 - Sep 1944)
Poland, Germany & Berlin (Sep 1944 - Apr 1945)

Nicknames

Ulmer Münster (The Ulm Minster, a famous church in Ulm)

Holders of high awards

(5. Infanterie-Division / 5. Leichte Infanterie-Division / 5. Jäger-Division)
Holders of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (1)
- Stahl, Albert, 05.02.1945, Feldwebel, Zugführer im Jäg.Rgt 56
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (8)
- Ames, Edmund, 27.09.1944 (4062), Feldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 11./Jäg.Rgt. 75
- Bommas, Karl, 27.09.1944 (4061), Oberleutnant, Chef 14./Jäg.Rgt. 75
- Götzmann, Erich, 07.09.1944 (3853), Leutnant, Kp.Fhr. 12./Jäg.Rgt. 56
- Niemack, Horst, 03.07.1941 (021), Rittmeister, Abt.Fhr. Aufkl.Abt. 5
- Obenauer, Leonhard, 27.09.1944 (4055), Feldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 2./Pi.Btl. 5
- Seyfarth, Berthold, 07.09.1944 (3851), Hauptmann, Rgt.Adj. Jäg.Rgt. 75
- Thumm, Hellmuth, 03.07.1941 (027), Oberstleutnant, Kdr. Inf.Rgt. 56
- Wetzel, Jakob, 17.09.1944 (3956), Unteroffizier, Geschützführer i. d. 1./Pz.Jäg.Abt. 5
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (118)
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (1)
- Oelhafen, Dr. Heinrich, 30.11.1944, Oberfeldarzt, Feldlazarett 5
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (30)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (42) (35 RK + 7 EL)
Holders of the Finnish Order of the Cross of Liberty, 1st Class with Swords (1)
- Allmendinger, Karl, 29.03.1943, Generalleutnant, Kdr. 5. Jäg.Div.

Order of battle (1942)

Jäger-Regiment 56
Jäger-Regiment 75
Radfahr-Abteilung 5
Artillerie-Regiment 5
Pionier-Bataillon 5
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
Feldersatz-Bataillon 5
Versorgungseinheiten 5

Order of battle (1943-1945)

Jäger-Regiment 56
Jäger-Regiment 75
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
Artillerie-Regiment 5
Pionier-Bataillon 5
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
Feldersatz-Bataillon 5
Versorgungseinheiten 5

Heer Jäger Sleeve Badge
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(Courtesy of The Ruptured Duck)

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Adolf Reinicke - Die 5. Jäger Division 1939-1945
Gert Sievert - Ende und Erbe der 5. Infanterie  und Jäger Division
Helmut Thumm - Der Weg der 5. Infanterie und Jäger Division 1921-1945 (Bildband)

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