Panzerspähwagen – Armored Scout Vehicle Intel Reports

The German term panzerspähwagen is often interpreted as armored car but the definition is actually a bit more broad and Armored Scouting Vehicle would seem more accurate.  At the time of the Normandy campaign the Germans were employing at least three panzerspähwagens that were not armored cars.  These were the Luchs … Read more

German Infantry Tank Destroyer Battalions

The German Panzerzerstörer battalions were formed in the fall of 1943 around the new R.Pz.B.54 (panzerschreck) weapon. On September 8th 1943 OKH/GenStdH/Org.Abt. issued order Nr. I/3965/43 g.K. v.8.9.43, titled Equipment of the Troops with new anti-tank weapons (“Ofenrohr” und “Puppchen”). The orders indicated that 10 battalions were to be raised … Read more

German Panz.Gren.Div. 1944 K.St.N. List

Organizational diagram and K.St.N. list for a 1944 Panzergrenadier Division

The panzergreandier divisions were a new designation started mid-war and were basically evolved from the motorized infantry divisions. On exception to this would be the 15th Panzergrenadier Division, the division was form from the remnants of the 15th Panzer Division which surrendered in Tunisia in May 1943.

You will notice when comparing the organizational diagrams of the PDG.44 (download below) with the PD.44 is that the panzergreandier division does not have half-tracks units. Though they do have armored vehicles they are mostly, with regard to the infantry, motorized. You will also notice there are three battalions per grenadier regiment instead of the two present in a Panzer Division.

In the armored and anti-tank capacity they have a similar Tank Destroyer Battalion as the panzer division but instead of a panzer regiment it has a single panzer battalion that was typically outfitted with assault guns. In the Artillery Regiment there were no self-propelled artillery guns, though these had been present in the 1943 organization.

In a future post we might take a look at what an actual division organization looked like.

Feedback or comments are welcome.

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PGD 1944
K.St.N. List

SS Unit Organization – 1942

SS division/brigade organization for early 1942. Units types covered: SS Gebirgs Division – (Mountain) SS Division (mot) – (Motorized) SS Kavallerie Brigade – (Cavalry) The document includes both Gliederung and K.St.N. list for each of the unit types.  The organization being for early 1942 they have mostly 1941 K.St.N. *The documents in the … Read more