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Reorganization of Kradschuetzen before French Campaign

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Reorganization of Kradschuetzen in leichte Division before French Campaign. Although the Heer had planned to convert all the leichte Divisions to Panzer-Divisions before war, the Polish Campaign did end the short-lived leichte Division and so did the short-lived motorized reconnaissance regiment. The 1. leichte Division was converted to 6. Panzer-Division. The Kradschuetzen-Bataillon 6 was still under the 6. Schuetzen-Brigade and there was one motorcycle reconnaissance company in the Aufklaerung-Abteilung (mot) 57. The 2. leichte Division was converted to 7. Panzer-Division. The Aufklaerung-Regiment (mot) 7 was disbanded and the motorcycle reconnaissance battalion became the Kradschuetzen-Bataillon 7 under the newly formed 7. Schuetzen-Brigade. The battalion also detached one motorcycle reconnaissance company to the Aufklaerung-Abteilung (mot) 37. The 3. leichte Division was converted to 8. Panzer-Division. The motorcycle rifle battalion became the Kradschuetzen-Bataillon 8 under the newly formed 8. Schuetzen-Brigade and there was one motorcycle reconnaissance company in the Aufklaerung-Abteilung (mot) 59. The 4. leichte Division was converted to 9. Panzer-Division. They still remained the Aufklaerung-Regiment (mot) 9 during French Campaign.

Reorganization of Kradschuetzen in Panzer-Division before French Campaign. The motorcycle rifle battalion was still remained in the motorized rifle brigade in the first three Panzer-Divisions. The 4. Panzer-Division received Infanterie-Regiment (mot) 33 and there was one motorcycle rifle company in each regiment and in the Aufklaerung-Abteilung (mot) 7. The 5. Panzer-Division still had two motorized rifle regiments under the newly formed 5. Schuetzen-Brigade, there was one motorcycle rifle company in each motorized rifle battalion and one motorcycle reconnaissance company in Aufklaerung-Abteilung (mot) 8. The 10. Panzer-Division received Infanterie-Regiment (mot) 69 and 86, there was one motorcycle rifle company in each regiment and there was one motorcycle reconnaissance company in the Aufklaerung-Abteilung (mot) 90. There was still no organic motorcycle rifle battalion in 4., 5., and 10. Panzer-Divisions at that time.

The Kradschuetzen in Infanterie-Division (mot) before French Campaign. There was no organic motorcycle rifle battalion in motorized infantry division at that time. The only motorcycle reconnaissance company in the division belonged to the motorized reconnaissance battalion.

The Kradschuetzen in other motorized infantry units before French Campaign. The 11. Schuetzen-Brigade (mot) formed in 1939 had two motorized rifle regiments. There was one motorcycle rifle company in each regiment. The Lehr-Regiment 900 (mot) was a conglomeration of all various demonstration units in the German Army. The regiment had one panzer battalion, one motorized infantry battalion and one motorized reconnaissance battalion. There was one motorcycle reconnaissance company in the motorized reconnaissance battalion. The famous Infanterie-Regiment "GD" (mot) did not have any motorcycle rifle company at that time.

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