The SS-Polizei-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 18 was formed in July 1942 from 302. Polizei-Gebirgsjäger-Bataillon (Munich), 312. Polizei-Gebirgsjäger-Bataillon (Innsbruck) and 325. Polizei-Gebirgsjäger-Bataillon.
It was sent to Slovenia to fight the partisans. It was sent to Finland in December 1942 and was stationed at Oulo in January 1943 where it was attached to XVIII. Gebirgs-Armeekorps. It fought in Finland until July when it was sent to Danzig.

It was transferred to Greece in August 1943 where it took part in anti-partisan operations until the Germans withdrew from Greece and later through Yugoslavia.

Commanders

Oberst der Schutzpolizei Hermann Franz (? May 1942 - ? Aug 1943)
Oberstleutnant der Schutzpolizei Hans Hösl (? Sep 1943 - 2 Oct 1944)
Major der Schutzpolizei Otto Mann (2 Oct 1944 - 10 Oct 1944)
Major der Schutzpolizei Johan Poys (19 Oct 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Order of battle

I/SS-Polizei-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 18
II/SS-Polizei-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 18
III/SS-Polizei-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 18
Kavallerie Abteilung
Nachrichten Kompanie
Gebirgs-Artillerie-Abteilung
- 1. Artillerie-Batterie
- 2. Artillerie-Batterie
- 3. Artillerie-Batterie
Polizei Panzer Zug (1)

Footnotes

1. Formed in Athens in September 1943 and equipped with Italian vehicles.

Sources used

Phil Nix & George Jerome - The Uniformed Police Forces of the Third Reich 1933-1945
Werner Regenberg - Armored Vehicles and Units of the German Order Police
Georg Tessin, Hans-Adolf Neufeldt & Jürgen Huck - Zur Geschichte der Ordnungspolizei 1936-1945

Reference material on this unit

Hermann Franz – Gebirgsjäger der Polizei: Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 18 und Polizei-Gebirgs-Artellerieabteilungen 1942-1945

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