German mountain troop with his trusty MG34.
Gebirgsjäger, in English Mountain Riflemen, is the German designation
for mountain infantry.
During World War II the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS raised a number of mountain infantry units.
An entire corps was formed in Norway by 1941. Its divisions were lightly equipped, with much of the transport provided by mules. These mountain infantry were equipped with fewer automatic weapons than regular infantry, however the MG 34 or MG 42 machine gunners were provided with more ammunition than their regular infantry counterparts. Mountain infantry were identified by the Edelweiß insignia worn on their sleeves and their caps.