Jäger Kopold Title
1941 The Campaign into Yugoslavia

 On 6th April the invasion begun after theYugoslavian government which just had signed a pact with Germany and Italy had been overthrown in a coup d’Etat by the Yugoslavian army. Thus, the Gebirgsjäger of the 1. Gebirgs-Division along with those of the 4. Gebirgs-Division saw action in a new theater of war. The 1. Gebirgs-Division started its advance on the 9th April from southwest of Graz and already on the 14th April when the advanced units of the division had reached the Bosnian town of Bihac, Yugoslavia surrendered. During this short campaign the 1. Gebirgs-Division had lost only 6 men killed in action. 
 Gabriel Kopold at that time didn't know that for him personally the war would in fact end more than 7 years later in December 1948 in exactly this area. 
 While  the 1. and 4. Gebirgs-Divison during this campaign saw relatively little action, the 5. and 6. Gebirgs-Division fought their way through the heaverly defended Metaxas-Line from Bulgaria into Greece. But when on 27th April 1941 a Gebirgsjäger hoisted the flag with the swastika over the Acropolis in Athenes the campaign was not yet over. Until 1st June when the fierce fighting for Crete ended, the 5. Gebirgs-Division would lose another 1100 men killed, missing and wounded. 
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