The Karstwehr-Bataillon was upgraded from the Karstwehr-Kompanie on 15 November 1942 and was used for anti-partisan duties in Italy.
It was upgraded to 24. Waffen-Gebirgs-(Karstjäger-)Division der SS on 1 August 1944.

Commanders

SS-Standartenführer Dr Hans Brand (15 Nov 1942 - ?)
SS-Sturmbannführer Josef Berschneider (? - ? 1944)

Manpower strength

Dec 1943 946
June 1944 957

Order of battle (Dec 1943)

1. Kompanie
2. Kompanie
3. Kompanie
Nachschub Kompanie

Soldiers of Karstwehr-Bataillon during training
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Soldiers of Karstwehr-Bataillon during training
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Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - Hitler's Renegades: Foreign nationals in the service of the Third Reich
Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
Antonio J. Munoz - Forgotten Legions: Obscure Combat Formations of the Waffen-SS

Reference material on this unit

Rolf Michaelis - Die Chronik der 24. Waffen-Gebirgs[Karstjäger]-Division der SS
Antonio J. Munoz - Forgotten Legions: Obscure Combat Formations of the Waffen-SS

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