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Re: Jagdkommandos?

Post by rednas » 15 Apr 2010 21:42

Just found a pdf file in my documents with the following text. Don't know the source or anything else about it though.

"Anlage zu Ia Nr. 2036/43 g v. 30.3.43

G e h e i m !

Abschrift von Anlage zu Obkdo. der Heeresgruppe B, Ia Nr. 7142/42 g

v. 4.9.42

Richtlinien für Jagdkommandos

1. Um einen Verrat oder eine Warnung des Feindes von vornherein auszuschliessen,
marschieren die Jagdkommandos in nächtlichen Fussmärschen in ihr Aufgabengebiet
hinein. Am Tage verschwinden sie unauffällig in Waldstücken abseits der Dörfer, so dass
kein Einwohner von ihnen oder ihren Posten etwas wahrnehmen kann.
2. Im Einsatzgebiet angekommen, verhält sich das Jagdkommando genau wie die feindlichen
Banden selber, d.h.
a) Dem Feind werden nach sorgfältiger Erkundung des Geländes überall da Fallen
gestellt, wo mit seinem Auftreten zu rechnen ist, z.B. an Strassen, wo der Gegner
gewohnt ist, nachts Minen zu legen. An Holzbrücken, die er immer wieder
abzubrennen versucht, oder an Waldrändern, dicht an einem Dorfe, das nach
Einwohnermeldungen eine Ernährungsbasis für die Banden darstellt.
b) Die Jagdkommandos vernichten jeden in die Falle hineingelaufenen Gegner. Mit stark
überlegenem Gegner wird der Kampf nicht aufgenommen. In diesem Falle sofortige
Meldung an die vorgesetzte Dienststelle zur Einleitung einer grösseren Unternehmung.
Bis zum Eintreffen der einzusetzenden Truppe verbleibt das Jagdkommando als
Spähtrupp am Feinde.
c) Eine gestellte Falle hat nur Erfolg, wenn die Jagdkommandos grösste Geduld haben.
Unter Umständen muss mehrere Tage und Nächte hintereinander am selben Platze
ausgeharrt werden.
d) Ist das Moment der Überraschung nicht mehr gegeben, z.B. dadurch, dass zufällig
Einwohner auftauchen, so ist der ausgesuchte Platz sofort aufzugeben, wenn die
lästigen Zeugen nicht geräuschlos beseitigt werden können.
e) Desgleichen ist nach einem gelungenen Überfall diese Gegend zu verlassen und in
einem anderen Gebiet eine neue Aufgabe anzupacken.
3. Jagdkommandos sind nach Möglichkeit mit Funkgerät auszustatten. Bei weiteren
Entfernungen kann Einrichtung von Zwischenstellen erforderlich werden.
4. Eine solche Kampfesart darf niemals überstürzt werden und erfordert viel Zeit.
5. In dieser Zeit muss das Jagdkommando von jeder Feldküche bezw. von jeder
Requirierung unabhängig sein.
Es ist ihm daher eine sorgfältig zusammengestellte eiserne Verpflegung für wenigstens 14
Tage mitzugeben.
Diese Verpflegung muss bestehen aus:
Büchsenfleisch, Schokolade, Rauchwaren, Brot, Kaffee bezw. Tee zum Selbstkochen.
6. Nach erfolgreichem Abschluss einer Unternehmung beziehen die Jagdkommandos
Ruhequartier. In dieser Zeit sollen sie sehr gut verpflegt und bevorzugt mit
Marketenderwaren beliefert werden.
7. Vor jedem Abrücken zu einem neuen Auftrag müssen die Jagdkommandos erneut
ausgebildet werden. Im besonderen muss häufig scharf geschossen bezw. mit scharfen
Handgranaten geworfen werden. Besonders die MG- und MP-Schützen müssen durch
ständiges Scharfschiessen lernen, auch im Gehen und Laufen genau zu treffen.
8. Beim ersten Schneefall ist mit Winterübungen zu beginnen.
9. Alle einschlägigen Erfahrungen und Aufklärungsergebnisse sind den Jagdkommandos auf
schnellstem Wege zugänglich zu machen.
10. Die Angehörigkeit zu einem Jagdkommando ist eine Auszeichnung.

F. d. R. d. A.
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Re: Jagdkommandos?

Post by Mujo » 15 Apr 2010 23:08

Guidelines for raiding.

Loosely translated (I added some of my own stuff in there); it basically advises to adopt the tactics of the enemy, terrorize him at his own game. Destroy the enemy if compromised, but avoid engaging stronger oponents (standard operating procedure for most modern long range recon units) The stronger force is reported and reinforcements are called. Until then they arrive, Jagdko. remains in a defensive and observing posture.

Ambushes and traps are only possible if the Jagdko. force has patience ("wait till the last minute to open fire" old veteran addage)
May have to wait several days in the same spot.
Im not sure about this next part. I've heard some stories about recon units killing civilians silently just so they dont compromise their mission. The other option is moving and setting up an ambush or observation post somewhere else, less populated by civilians.
Jagdko. the importance of radios...and communication
Rations for atleast 2 wks.
(canned meat, chocolate, tobacco, bread, coffee, tea)
Then it goes on to advise on proper training for the mission, such as winter/cold weather training upon first snowfall...
Importance of marksmanship and grenade training
and it finishes off with:
Association with a Jagdko. unit or action should be considered an honor.

good document
thanks

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Re: Jagdkommandos?

Post by Panzermahn » 13 May 2010 18:01

Two books that touch on the subject of jagdkommandos are Phillip Blood's Hitler’s Bandit Hunters: The SS and the Nazi Occupation of Europe and Perry Biddiscombe's The SS Hunter Battalions
Phillip Blood's work focused more on Schuma Battalions rather than Jagdkommandos whereas Biddiscombe's monumental work, The SS Hunter Battalions, so far is the most definitive account on Jagdverbande and Jagdkommandos in English I known for now.

You might be interested also in a couple of this articles

Unternehmen Zeppelin: Deployment of SS Saboteurs and Spies in Soviet Union 1942-45 by Perry Biddiscombe

Guerilla Diplomacy: Germany and Unconventional Warfare 1884-1945 by William H. Mengel Jr (PhD dissertation for the faculty of history, Princeton University)

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Re: Jagdkommandos?

Post by Panzermahn » 14 May 2010 15:31

One must also differentiate the context in where the term Jagdkommandos are used. Basically there are three types

The first type would be the anti-partisan Jagdkommando, which is a small detachment organized by a parent unit (most of the references to these types of Jagdkommandos are from company strength, rarely up to battalion level) for anti-partisan operations of search and destroy especially in the Eastern Front as well as Balkans. Good examples are the Baltic Jagdkommandos organized by the respective Latvia and Estonian SD units. Their tasked was to infiltrate enemy partisan units (such as the NKVD demolition battalions) and then destroyed them from within. Even Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe feld divisions organized their own jagdkommando detachments to counter the threat of partisans. I had also seen references that organizations such as TENO, RAD, NSKK, Reichsbahn organized their own Jagdkommandos to hunt down partisans that threatened their own sectors. More research needs to be done with regards to these rarely studied Jagdkommandos of TENO, RAD and NSKK.

The second type would be Polizei-based Jagdkommando, which mostly staffed by foreign collaborators and working in conjunction with Gestapo, SIPO-SD in occupied countries especially in the Western front such as in France. These Jagdkommandos tended to be temporarily organized for certain assignments and have the strength usually not more than platoon or company strong. These Jagdkommandos were concentrated mainly on France, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark where SOE were quite active. Their tasks are usually to hunt and captured Allied agents and spies.

The third type would be Skorzeny's SS Jagdkommandos/Jagdeinsatz under the regional SS Jagdverbandes (Ost, Suedost, Nordwest, Sudwest) which usually worked in conjunction with the Heer's FAK/FAT (Frontauflakrungkommando/Frontauflakrungtruppen) especially the FAK 200 series. They typically are named after countries such as Jagdkommando Griechenland, Albanien, Italien, Frankreich, Rumanien, Russland, etc. Their tasks are mainly guerilla warfare, sabotage, subversion, diversion, recon, stay-behind ops, organizing supply dumps, line-crossing, intel gathering and had the strength typically from as small as a squad up to battalion level. One SS Jagdkommando unit was even told to lay low in May 1945 until the calamity of Germany's defeat passed down and received its instructions from a SD radio station in Austria still operating until August 1945! (apparently it has the blessings of OSS, probably for anti-communist activities). The officers and men of these SS Jagdkommandos units are third in the Allied list of wanted persons category (especially by OSS) after German technical experts/scientists and Nazi war criminals.

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Re: Jagdkommandos?

Post by tigre » 25 Jul 2022 20:29

Hello to all :D; a query...............................

Jagd-Kommando 2.

The Jagd-Kommando 2 (Heer) was set up on January 2, 1942 in Military District XVII. The command was initially formed into 3 companies. The Command was set up as an army force level. The Unit was used after its formation in Central Russia. It was employed by the 3rd Panzer Army in the Smolensk area. On February 15, 1942, together with the II. Battalion of Infanterie-Regiment 358 (205.ID), it was to advance from Smolensk to Demidov.....Anyone has more detail about this action?

Later on June 20, 1942, the command received a new staff and was renamed Jagd-Bataillon 2. The battalion was further divided into 4 companies (three light, one heavy company, with the previous 4th company being renamed the 1st company. On July 6, 1942, the battalion was renamed Jäger-Bataillon 2.

Source: https://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gl ... mmando.htm

TIA. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: Jagdkommandos?

Post by Poot » 27 Jul 2022 00:43

Panzermahn wrote:
14 May 2010 15:31
... I had also seen references that organizations such as TENO, RAD, NSKK, Reichsbahn organized their own Jagdkommandos to hunt down partisans that threatened their own sectors. More research needs to be done with regards to these rarely studied Jagdkommandos of TENO, RAD and NSKK.
All,
It looks like Panzermahn has not been active on this forum for a long time, but does anyone have any references for those units engaging in direct action against any armed hostile force? For example, this is the first time I've ever heard of TeNo being deployed on active combat operations.
Thank you,
Pat
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