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German 1st Mountain Division's Caucasus Saga
1st Mountain Division, Caucasus Mountains
175 pages; 15 chapters and 2 appendixes
The Caucasus Mountains are beautiful and life-giving in the summer
peacetime, but the Caucasus winter, in war or peace, is soul-taking. The e-
book, German 1st Mountain Division’s Caucasus Saga explains how one
elite German mountain division coped with the Caucasus Mountains as
they smashed through hordes of Soviet mountain troops. The fighting savvy of
the 1st Mountain Division, Caucasus Mountains saved its personnel from
total annihilation in many desperate battles in the Caucasus mountain range
and its foothills. Yet the glory of the German 1st Mountain Division's
Caucasus Saga of ferocious combat vigor will live forever in the annals of
Valhalla's heroes. The e-book, German 1st Mountain Division’s Caucasus
Saga provides a fascinating introduction to the main elements of the German
1st Mountain Division's combat in the Caucasus Mountains of World War II.
"General Konrad's German mountain Jägers on 13th August mounted their attack from the steppe against the high passes
of the Caucasus—the 4th Mountain Division on the right, to gain the passes in the headwaters region of the Laba river, the
1st Mountain Division on the left, to charge over the mountain passes along the glaciers of Mount Elbrus, where the Kuban
river has its source. The most important crossing was the Klukhor Pass, 9230 feet high; the starting-point of the old
Sukhumi Military Highway.
In the sector of 1st Mountain Division Major von Hirschfeld made a rapid dash with the 2nd Battalion, 98th Mountain Jäger
Regiment, as far as the entrance to the pass, which was barricaded and defended by strong Soviet forces. The position
could not be taken by frontal assault. Major von Hirschfeld then showed the Russians how Germans maneuver in mountain
warfare. His plan was cleverly deceptive. The enemy was pinned by engaging him frontally with a reinforced company.
Then the German mountain battalion (-) outflanked the pass by negotiating the sheer sides of the mountains. Suddenly
two reinforced German mountain companies appeared behind and rolled up the Soviet positions from the rear. The highest
point of the Sukhumi Military Highway was in German hands by the evening of 17th August.
Quick as lightning Major von Hirschfeld continued his dash into the Klydzh Valley, took the village of Klydzh at the foot of
the mountains. There he found himself in the middle of the luxuriant forests of the Black Sea coast where his unit was
temporarily safe from enemy detection. One last leap, and the coastal plain would be gained. However, Major von
Hirschfield’s depleted two-company spearhead was out on a limb. Its best use was as by rear attacking an enemy
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