The Hochgebirgs-Jäger-Bataillon 4 was raised on 20 November 1943 from elements of I./Geb.Jäg.Rgt. 98 which at that time was on active service in the Epirus area in Greece. It was then posted to Italy (the Btl. left Admont towards the end of Nov 1943) and served as Army Troops, finishing the war attached to 114. Jäger Division.


Major Baron Franz von Ruffin (20 Nov 1943 - June 1944)
Hauptmann Andreas Schönleben (June 1944 - end)

Area of operations

Italy (? 1944 – December 1944)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (2)
- Aichwalder, Josef, 30.12.1944, Oberleutnant, 2./Hochgeb.Jäg.Btl. 4
- Schönleben, Andreas, 07.04.1944, Hauptmann, Hochgeb.Jäg.Btl. 4

Order of battle

1. – 3. Jäger-Kp
4. schwere Kp

Sources used

James Lucas - Hitler's Mountain Troops, Cassel Military Classics, 1992, 1999
Roland Kaltenegger - Spezialverbände der Gebirgstruppe 1939-1945
Roland Kaltenegger - Die deutsche Gebirgstruppe 1935-1945

Reference material on this unit

Karl Schroeder - Dort wo der Adler haust: Geschichte des Hogebirgsjäger-Bataillons 4, Eine Chronik aus den Jahren 1943-1945 (self published, Siegen 1989)

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