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The 8. Jäger-Division was formed 30 June 1942 by the reorganization and redesignation of the 8. Leichte Infanterie-Division. It surrendered to the Red Army in Moravia in May 1945.

Commanders

General der Infanterie Gustav Höhne (30 June 1942 - 23 July 1942)
General der Panzertruppen Gerhard Graf von Schwerin (23 July 1942 - 13 Nov 1942)
General der Gebirgstruppen Friedrich-Jobst
Volckamer von Kirchensittenbach (13 Nov 1942 - 1 Sep 1944)
Generalleutnant Christian Philipp (1 Sep 1944 - ? Apr 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Willy Deyhle (30 June 1942 - Aug 1942)
Major Paul-Heinz Brendel (18 Aug 1942 - 15 Aug 1943)
Oberstleutnant Emil Lorenz (15 Aug 1943 - 20 Nov 1944)
Major Roland Wagner (20 Nov 1944 - 22 Mar 1945)

Area of operations

Eastern front, northern sector (June 1942 - Mar 1944)
Eastern front, southern sector (Mar 1944 - May 1945)

Nicknames

Schlesische Division (Silesian Division)

Holders of high awards

(8. Infanterie-Division / 8. Leichte Infanterie-Division / 8. Jäger-Division)
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (11)
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (1)
- Dreiucker, Willi, 01.05.1944 (499), Stabsgefreiter, 12./Art.Rgt. 8
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (126)
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (5)
- Chamrad, Dr. Heinrich, 21.06.1944, Stabsarzt d.R., Geb.San.Kp. 2/8
- Evers, Friedrich, 12.07.1944, Major d.R., Div.Nachsch.Tr. 8
- Knoll, Willy, 21.02.1945, Stabsintendant, Verw.Kp. 8 / Verw.Tr.Abt. 8
- Schlender, Paul, 23.03.1945, techn.Inspekteur, Stabs.Kp./Pi.Btl. 8
- Theiner, Günter, 23.03.1945, Oberwachtmeister, Stabs-Schwadron/Aufkl.Abt. 8
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (38)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (50, including one unofficial/unconfirmed)

Order of battle (1942)

Jäger-Regiment 28
Jäger-Regiment 38
Radfahr-Abteilung 8
Artillerie-Regiment 8
Pionier-Bataillon 8
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 8
Nachrichten-Abteilung 8
Feldersatz-Bataillon 8
Versorgungseinheiten 8

Order of battle (1943-1945)

Jäger-Regiment 28
Jäger-Regiment 38
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8
Artillerie-Regiment 8
Pionier-Bataillon 8
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 8
Nachrichten-Abteilung 8
Feldersatz-Bataillon 8
Versorgungseinheiten 8

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

Kameradschaftsbund der 8. Jg.Div - Die Geschichte der 8. (oberschlesisch sudetendeutschen) Infanterie /Jäger Division

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