Viewed by
Counter
Since 26/10/2009

Conversion of Kradschuetzen before Operation Zitadelle

Updated by
Dr.Chuang
on 29/11/2001


Recommended Title
Motorcycle Rifleman in Heer
Motorcycle Rifleman in Waffen-SS
Motorcycle Rifleman in Luftwaffe
Uniform for Motorcycle Rifleman
Equipment for Motorcycle Rifleman
Motorcycle Rifle Squad
Motorcycle Rifle Platoon
Motorcycle Rifle Company
Motorcycle Rifle Battalion

Conversion of Kradschuetzen in Panzer-Division before Operation Zitadelle. After the great defeat of Stalingrad and struggle in North Africa, Generaloberst Guderian was appointed to be Inspector General of Panzertruppen by Hitler himself on 28 February 1943. With the establishment of the Inspector General the units formerly classified as Schnelle truppen were now redesigned as Panzertruppen except cavalry. With the ever changing tactical role and replacement of motorcycle by more new equipment, the once unique Kradschuetzen-Bataillon was reorganized and converted to Panzeraufklaerung-Abteilung on 24 Mar 1943. The reorganization continued even after the conversion. The 14., 16. and 24. Panzer-Divisions were destroyed in Stalingrad, they were reformed in 1943. The title of Kradschuetzen-Bataillon was replaced by newly named Panzeraufklaerung-Abteilung.

Conversion of Kradschuetzen in Panzergrenadier-Division before Operation Zitadelle. After great efforts and numerous debates between Panzer arm and Infanterie arm, finally on 23 June 1943 all of the Heeres Infanterie-Division (mot) were converted to Panzergrenadier-Division under the Inspector General of Panzertruppen. The Kradschuetzen-Bataillon was also converted to Panzeraufklaerung-Abteilung. The 3., 29. and 60. Infanterie-Divisions (mot) were destroyed in Stalingrad, they were reformed in 1943 and finally converted to Panzergrenadier-Divisions. The title of Kradschuetzen-Bataillon was replaced by newly named Panzeraufklaerung-Abteilung.

The Battle of Kursk
Kursk, 1943: Tides Turns in the East, Vol. 16
Panzertruppen: The Complete Guide to the Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force 1943-1945, Vol. 2
German Armoured Cars and Reconnaissance Half-Tracks 1939-45, Vol. 29
Panzergrenadier Group
Sign Guest Book
View Guest Book
Previous Page
Next Page
Member of
Yahoo! Geocities
Trooper
World War II Website Association
Buy Books from
Landmark Military Books
RZM.com
Copyright 2001 Dr.Chuang, Taipei, Taiwan
Associated with
Add Me!
Order Now Amazon.com
Military Top 100