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Reorganization of Kradschuetzen before Operation Blau

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on 29/11/2001


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Reorganization of Kradschuetzen in Panzer-Division before Operation Blau. The harsh condition of Russian winter snow and spring mud had proved difficulty in front line service for pure motorcycle rifle battalion. The motorcycle rifle battalion was extracted from the motorized rifle brigade and merged with motorized reconnaissance battalion during 1941 to 1942. Although they remained the title of Kradschuetzen, they played the reconnaissance role under the division command. The battalions were reorganized and some of them received new equipment such as Kuebel wagon and even SPW 250 to replace motorcycle. Five panzer divisions were raised during 1941 to 1942. The 21. Panzer-Division was converted from 5. leichte-Division for Africa Campaign in August 1941. The 22., 23. and 24. Panzer-Divisions all had one motorcycle rifle battalion in each division. The 25. Panzer-Division, which was still raising in Norway, had only one partial-motorized Schuetzen-Regiment 146 with two bicycle rifle battalions and one motorcycle rifle battalion.

Reorganization of Kradschuetzen in Infanterie-Division (mot) before Operation Blau. The motorcycle rifle battalions in motorized infantry divisions were also merged with motorized reconnaissance battalions during 1941 to 1942. Although they remained the title of Kradschuetzen, they played the reconnaissance role under the division command. Two motorized infantry divisions were raised during 1941 to 1942. The 90. leichte Afrika-Division was raised for Africa Campaign in November 1941. The famous Infanterie-Regiment "GD" (mot) expanded to a fully motorized division in 1942 and the Kradschuetzen-Bataillon "GD" was raised under the division command. The battalion received new equipment such as Kuebel wagon and SPW 250 to replace motorcycle.

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