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Reorganization of Kradschuetzen before Russian Campaign

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Reorganization of Kradschuetzen in Panzer-Division before Russian Campaign. The victory of French Campaign had proved the value of German Panzer arms. The number of panzer division doubled after French campaign by reorganization of other formation; most of them were infantry divisions. The organization of these panzer divisions was gradually standardized during late 1940 to early 1941. Thus there were 20 panzer divisions at that time. The panzer brigades were disbanded in the previous existed panzer divisions and one of the two panzer regiments was detached to the newly formed panzer divisions. This dramatic reduction of Panzer arms made every panzer division consist of only one panzer regiment with two or three battalions. The motorcycle rifle battalion became an organic formation under motorized rifle brigade in every panzer division and all the motorcycle rifle companies were extracted from the motorized rifle regiments to form organic motorcycle rifle battalion for those divisions did not have one before. Thirteen motorcycle rifle battalions were raised for panzer divisions at that time. Besides the motorcycle rifle battalion, there was one motorcycle reconnaissance company under motorized reconnaissance battalion in every panzer division.

New Formation of Kradschuetzen in Infanterie-Division (mot) before Russian Campaign. There were four motorized infantry divisions during French Campaign. Tow of them were converted to panzer divisions after French Campaign and another eight infantry divisions were converted to motorized infantry divisions. The organization of these motorized infantry divisions was gradually standardized during late 1940 to early 1941. Thus there were 10 motorized infantry divisions at that time. The motorcycle rifle battalion also became an organic formation in every motorized infantry division and ten motorcycle rifle battalions were raised for motorized infantry divisions at that time. Besides the motorcycle rifle battalion, there was one motorcycle reconnaissance company under motorized reconnaissance battalion in every motorized infantry division.

The Kradschuetzen in other motorized infantry units before Russian Campaign. The 11. Schuetzen-Brigade (mot) became the cadre of the newly formed 11. Panzer-Division after French Campaign. The motorcycle rifle company in each regiment was extracted to form the motorcycle rifle battalion under the brigade command. The Lehr-Regiment 900 (mot) became the cadre of the new Lehr-Brigade 900 (mot) in 1941. The brigade had one motorized infantry regiment, one motorized artillery battalion and one motorized antitank battalion. There was one motorcycle rifle company under the motorized rifle battalion in the Lehr-Regiment 900 (mot). The famous Infanterie-Regiment "GD" (mot) had five motorized infantry battalions and one motorized artillery battalion at that time. There was one motorcycle rifle company in the fourth battalion at that time.

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