Jägerbataillon 26 (Federal Army) - Jägerbataillon 26 (Bundesheer)

Jägerbataillon 26

Lineup 1956
State OsterreichAustria Austria
Armed forces Federal Army
Armed forces Armed Forces
Branch of service Infantry
Type Mountain troop
Subordinate troops
  • Stabskompanie
  • 1. Jägerkompanie
  • 2. Jägerkompanie
  • Combat Support Company
Strength about. 200 Mann (Squad)
Insinuation Mountain battle command
Location Türk barracks, Spittal an der Drau
Nickname 26er
Motto Carinthians always ahead
Battalions commander Oberst rudolf kury
Soldier of JgB 26 with StG 77

The Jägerbataillon 26 (JgB 26) is an infantry unit in Austria's armed forces and the only mountain fighter unit in Carinthia . The battalion is located in the Türk barracks in Spittal an der Drau and is subordinate to the mountain combat command.


The Jägerbataillon 26 was created on April 16, 1956 from the provisional Border Guard Division 6. Major Erwin Jetzl became the first in command. The first draft date was October 15, 1956 with 377 military servants. Due to numerous explosive attacks by the South Tyrol Liberation Committee in the mid-1950s, the battalion was relocated to the southern border in the St. Jakob in Defereggen - Obertilliach - Kartitsch - Sillian rooms.

From 1976 to 1979 several large-scale exercises followed (Kristall, Enzian, RVÜ Attergau, ...) as well as assistance with the earthquake disaster in northern Italy. From the middle to the end of November 1979, hunting combat and cooperation with armored units were particularly promoted. In 1981 one of the largest fitness centers in Austrian barracks was built in the purchased Danicek area.

During the Yugoslav crisis, parts of the battalion were deployed directly on the state border. In addition, one reform followed the other during this period. With the HG-NEU, the 26th Jäger Battalion became the 12th Jäger Regiment on April 10, 1996 to April 1, 1999, and Spittal became the seat of the regiment. In 1999 the first two women (Wachtmeister Cuder and Corporal Willegger) also served in JgB 26. In addition, the battalion was named Austria's best troop body of 2000. In 2002, for the first time in Austria, the battalion succeeded in setting up a closed company for deployment abroad in Kosovo (April - October 2002, AUCON6 / KFOR). In 2005 the challenge was mastered, for the first time in Austria, to relocate a closed battalion to a foreign mission (April - October 2005 AUCON12 / KFOR). In October 2005, JgB 26 became part of the 6th Jäger Brigade , previously it was part of the 7th Jäger Brigade . From 1956 to 2006 around 28,000 soldiers were trained in the battalion.

On November 6, 2009, the battalion's traditional pack animal squadron was disbanded after 51 years of service and the 18 Haflinger squadron relocated to Hochfilzen in Tyrol . [1]

Colonel Rudolf Kury has been battalion commander since November 2014.

In the course of the federal army reform in 2016 , the higher-level 6th Jäger Brigade was transferred to the Mountain Combat Command . For the Jäger Battalion 26 this reform also had the effect that the 3rd Jäger Company in Tamsweg had to be handed over to the Salzburg Military Command in order to form the core for the new Jäger Battalion 8 there.


The tasks of the battalion in peacetime consist of disaster relief, assistance (especially border security) and missions abroad as well as participation in international exercises. When deployed, the battalion functions primarily as a high-mountain combat unit. Almost every soldier is trained to search for avalanche victims with a probe and avalanche transceiver , as the companies have to help find and care for the victims in the event of larger avalanches.


The cadre (proportion of professional soldiers) of the Jäger Battalion 26 consists of around 200 soldiers. 68 percent of them already have experience abroad. With more than 100 army mountain guides, military mountain guide assistants and army high alpinists, the battalion has the largest alpine qualified cadre of all Austrian battalions.


List of commanders

  • Major Erwin Jetzl: 16. April 1956 – November 1956
  • Lieutenant Colonel Karl Niemetz: November 1956 - June 1957
  • Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Köstenbauer: June 1957 - May 1966
  • Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Kainz: May 1966 - January 1970
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Mahr: January 1970 - March 1975
  • Lieutenant Colonel Rudolf Striedinger: March 1975 - September 1975
  • Major Günther Wild: September 1975 – April 1976
  • Major Fridolin Gigacher: April 1976 - May 1979
  • Lieutenant Colonel Franz Bremm: May 1979 - November 1979
  • Lieutenant Colonel Willibald Glanzer: November 1979 - March 1981
  • Lieutenant Colonel of the General Staff Service Heribert Temmel: March 1981 - October 1981
  • Lieutenant Colonel Willibald Glanzer: October 1981 - December 1981
  • Lieutenant Colonel Walter Steinwender: December 1981 - September 2000
  • Colonel Alois Sulzgruber: September 2000 - July 2001
  • Colonel of the General Staff Service Norbert Gehart: July 2001 - June 2002
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Klinser: June 2002 - September 2007
  • Lieutenant Colonel Rudolf Kury: September 29, 2007 - March 31, 2008
  • Colonel Erhard Eder: April 1, 2008 - November 14, 2014
  • Colonel Rudolf Kury: since November 14, 2014


  • The battalion badge bears the city arms of Spittal an der Drau , with a pair of skis and a Steyr SSG 69 .
  • The route of the 26er through the north face of the Hohe Warte , built by members of the battalion, is the most demanding via ferrata in the Carnic Alps to date .
  • The battalion has its own newspaper, the Carinthian Mountain Rifle
  • The military partner is the Carinthian Jäger Battalion of the militia

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Last move out for pack animals on ORF- Carinthia on November 6, 2009, accessed on November 7, 2009


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