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The 118. Jäger-Division was formed on 1 April 1943 by the reorganization and redesignation of the 718. Infanterie-Division. It fought partisans in Bosnia and was sent to the Dalmatian coast in the summer of 1944 to guard against possible Allied landings. It fought on the Eastern Front during the final months of the war and surrendered to the British near Klagenfurt in Austria.

This unit took part in anti-partisan operations in Croatia.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Josef Kübler (1 Apr 1943 - 10 July 1944)
Oberst Rudolf Gertler (10 July 1944 -. 10 July 1944)
Generalmajor Hubert Lamey (10 July 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Herbert Geitner (1 Apr 1943-10 Aug 1944)
Major Dietrich Maurer (10 Aug 1944-1945)

Area of operations

Balkans (Apr 1943 - July 1944)
Dalmatia (July 1944 - Sep 1944)
Yugoslavia (Sep 1944 - Jan 1945)
Balkans, Hungary & Yugoslavia (Jan 1945 - May 1945)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (5)
- Gertler, Rudolf, 12.08.1944, Oberst, Art.Rgt. 668
- Greiner, Rudolf, 18.06.1943, Hauptmann, III./Jäg.Rgt. 750
- Lamp, Eduard, 27.04.1945, Hauptmann d.R., I./Jäg.Rgt. 750
- Motschmann, Erich, 27.04.1945, Hauptmann, III./Jäg.Rgt. 750
- Tribukait, Günther, 23.02.1944, Oberstleutnant, Jäg.Rgt. 750
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (2)
- Nowatschek, Karl, 25.02.1945, Leutnant d.R., 1./Art.Rgt. 668
- Sekerka, Ferdinand, 25.05.1944, Oberleutnant, 7./Jäg.Rgt. 750
Holders of the Knight's Cross (3, including one unofficial/unconfirmed)
- Fiedler, Hans 26.12.1944 Rittmeister Führer Aufkl.Abt 118
- Lindenblatt, Herbert 03.05.1945 Oberstleutnant Kdr Jäg.Rgt 750
-- [no proof in Bundesarchiv ; according v.Seemen and Fellgiebel awarded by HGr E based on authorization by high command ; nothing about L. in the files of the Ordenskommission of the Od
- Thörner, Johannes 11.07.1944 Hauptmann Führer III./Jäg.Rgt 738

Order of battle

Jäger-Regiment 738
Jäger-Regiment 750
Artillerie-Regiment 668
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 118
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 118
Pionier-Bataillon 118
Nachrichten-Abteiliung 118

Heer Jäger Sleeve Badge
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(Courtesy of The Ruptured Duck)

Soldiers of Kampfgruppe Gertler on the march
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(Courtesy of Hjalmar)

Sources used

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

Reference material on this unit

Hubert Lamey - Der Weg der 118. Jäger-Division
Otto Weingartner - Erinnerungen an die 118. Jäger-Division (frühere 718. Inf.Div.)

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