24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS (Karstjäger)

  • 59th SS Mountain Regiment (Karstjäger)
  • 60th SS Mountain Regiment (Karstjäger)

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Standartenführer Doctor Ing. Brands
  • SS-Sturmbannführer Berschneider
  • SS-Sturmbannführer Werner Hahn
  • SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Wagner

In September 1943, during the Italian armistice, the SS Karstwehr Battalion was in Arnoldstein as a security unit, which participated in the anti-partisan operations in Trieste, Udine, Görz and in the Gradisca headquarters area in Northern Italy. In July 1944 the unit was subjected to the Höhere SS und Polizeiführer Adriatisches Kustenland. In the Moggio headquarters the recruiting of Southern Tiroli Volksdeutsches began. (According to some data the division had 7,000 men in July 1944). The formation of the division failed because there weren't enough men, but in December 1944 a brigade was formed and was sent to battle with the partisans and British troops in Julian Alps. Some soldiers joined the 7th SS Division Prinz Eugen. Those who survived the rough battles joined with the Wehrmacht and police units' remaining men the Kampfgruppe Harmel in April 1945. In May 1945 they surrendered to the British units and partisans.

Insignia:

No insignia.