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Dr. Chuang
On 06/06/2021

Cover Story: In Memory of Operation Overlord

Panzer Lehr's Panzergrenadiers

Created by
Dr. Chuang
on 29/11/2001


Squad Leader
MG Gunner 1
MG Gunner 2
MG 42
Observer and Radio Operator
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10 Jan 1944, Verdun-Nancy-Luneville area, France, the Panzer-Lehr Division was formed from staff, instructors and demonstration units of various Panzer training school, thus the formation naturally made it one of the most powerful Panzer-Division in the Heeres. There were two Panzergrenadier Regiments in the division: Panzergrenadier Lehr Regiment 901 and 902, respectively. The two regiments were all equipped with SPW: schuetzenpanzerwagon, the forerunner of modern infantry fighting vehicle. This picture was taken after invasion of Allied Operation Overlord in Normandy for propaganda use and was an excellent example for Panzergrenadiers fighting in SPW. This picture shows eight grenadiers in the SPW 251 except the driver. The SPW 251 carries a panzer grenadier squad with nine grenadiers. There is one squad leader with two sections each with four grenadiers. The section has one machine gun gunner, two grenadiers and one driver or radio operator, respectively.

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