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Basic Organization of Panzergrenadier-Regiment in Panzer-Division During 1944

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Panzer-Division 44 Table 16. Panzer-Division 44

Panzergrenadier-Regiment 44 Table 17. Panzergrenadier-Regiment 44

Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) 44 Table 18. Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) 44

Firepower of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 44 Table 19. Firepower of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 44

Firepower of Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) 44 Table 20. Firepower of Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) 44

Panzer-Lehr Division in 1944 Table 21. Panzer-Lehr Division in 1944

Panzergrenadier-Regiment in SS and Luftwaffe Panzer-Division Panzergrenadier-Regiment in SS and Luftwaffe Panzer-Division

Facing the fierce fighting in all front lines, the Panzer-Divisions were once again reorganized. It was not until 3 Aug 1944, that all the Heeres Panzer-Divisions (with the exception of the Panzer-Lehr Division and the 21. Panzer-Division) were immediately reorganized in accordance with the standardized "Gliederung Panzer-Division 44", so called the famous "Type 44 Panzer-Division" (Table 16).

Panzer-Division 44

Panther Panzer-Regiment Panther I. Abteilung
Panzer IV H II. Abteilung
SdKfz 251 Panzergrenadier-Regiment SdKfz 251 I. Bataillon
Opel 6700 II. Bataillon
Opel 6700 Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) Opel 6700 I. Bataillon
Opel 6700 II. Bataillon
StuG Panzer Jaeger-Abteilung
SdKfz 250 Panzer Aufklaerung-Abteilung
Flak Heeres Flak Artillerie-Abteilung
Hummel Panzer Artillerie-Regiment
SdKfz 251 Panzer Pioniere-Bataillon

Table 16. Major combat components of "Type 44 Panzer-Division".

The "Type 44 Panzer-Division" remained the same structure as before, many armored fighting vehicles were upgunned and upgraded. There were still four battalions of Panzergrenadiers in two regiments, but at least three differences were observed in regimental organization as compared to previous one (Table 17 and Table 18). First, due to the shortage of manpower, the company size in the regiment was reduced to ten, rather than previous eleven. Second, the Flak-Kompanie was disbanded and the self-propelled 2 cm flaks were integrated into heavy company. Third, the supply section within each company was concentrated into a supply company under the battalion command.

Panzergrenadier-Regiment 44

SdKfz 251 Panzergrenadier-Regiment Stab
SdKfz 251 I. Bataillon

Opel 6700 Versorgungs-Kompanie

SdKfz 251 1. Kompanie
SdKfz 251 2. Kompanie
SdKfz 251 3. Kompanie
SdKfz 251 4. Schwere-Kompanie
Opel 6700 II. Bataillon

Opel 6700 Versorgungs-Kompanie

Opel 6700 5. Kompanie
Opel 6700 6. Kompanie
Opel 6700 7. Kompanie
Opel 6700 8. Schwere-Kompanie
sIG 38t 9. IG-Kompanie
SdKfz 251 10. Pioniere-Kompanie

Table 17. Basic organization of Panzergrenadier-Regiment in "Type 44 Panzer-Division".

Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) 44

Opel 6700 Panzergrenadier-Regiment Stab
Opel 6700 I. Bataillon

Opel 6700 Versorgungs-Kompanie

Opel 6700 1. Kompanie
Opel 6700 2. Kompanie
Opel 6700 3. Kompanie
Opel 6700 4. Schwere-Kompanie
Opel 6700 II. Bataillon

Opel 6700 Versorgungs-Kompanie

Opel 6700 5. Kompanie
Opel 6700 6. Kompanie
Opel 6700 7. Kompanie
Opel 6700 8. Schwere-Kompanie
sIG 38t 9. IG-Kompanie
Opel 6700 10. Pioniere-Kompanie

Table 18. Basic organization of Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) in "Type 44 Panzer-Division".

The firepower of Panzergrenadier-Regiment in 1944 was reduced due to removal of all anti-tank guns as compared to previous one (Table 19 and Table 20). Its anti-tank guns were given over to the Panzer Jaeger-Abteilung but the Panzergrenadiers were equipped with Panzerschrecks and Panzerfaust (anti-tank bazookas).

Firepower of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 44

LMG/HMG 2 cm Flak/FT 7.5 cm/15 cm IG 8 cm/12 cm Mortar
Stab 15/0
I. Bataillon 105/12 21/0 12/0 6/4
II. Bataillon 60/12 6/0 6/4
9. Kompanie 7/0 0/6
10. Kompanie 27/2 1/24 2/0
Total 214/26 28/24 12/6 14/8

Table 19. Firepower distribution of Panzergrenadier-Regiment in "Type 44 Panzer-Division", LMG: light machine gun, HMG: heavy machine gun, FT: flame thrower, IG: infantry gun.

Firepower of Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) 44

LMG/HMG 2 cm Flak/FT 7.5 cm/15 cm IG 8 cm/12 cm Mortar
Stab 4/0
I. Bataillon 60/12 6/0 6/4
II. Bataillon 60/12 6/0 6/4
9. Kompanie 7/0 0/6
10. Kompanie 12/2 0/18 2/0
Total 143/26 12/18 0/6 14/8

Table 20. Firepower distribution of Panzergrenadier-Regiment (mot) in "Type 44 Panzer-Division", LMG: light machine gun, HMG: heavy machine gun, FT: flame thrower, IG: infantry gun.

The Panzer-Lehr Division was the strongest one among the Heeres Panzer-Divisions. It was formed on 10 Jan 1944 from staff, instructors and demonstration units of various panzer training school, thus the formation naturally made it something of a crack unit. Although it had only two panzer battalions, nevertheless equipped all its Panzergrenadiers and engineers with SdKfz 251 SPW, and had all its artillery self-propelled (Table 21).

Panzer-Lehr Division in 1944

Panther Panzer-Lehr Regiment 130 Panther I. Abteilung
Panzer IV H II. Abteilung
SdKfz 251 Panzergrenadier-Lehr Regiment 901 SdKfz 251 I. Bataillon
SdKfz 251 II. Bataillon
SdKfz 251 Panzergrenadier-Lehr Regiment 902 SdKfz 251 I. Bataillon
SdKfz 251 II. Bataillon
Jagdpazner IV Panzer Jaeger-Lehr Abteilung 130
SdKfz 250 Panzer Aufklaerung-Lehr Abteilung 130
Flak Heeres Flak Artillerie-Abteilung 311
Hummel Panzer Artillerie-Regiment 130
SdKfz 251 Panzer Pioniere-Lehr Bataillon 130

Table 21. Major combat components of Panzer-Lehr Division in 1944.

The organization of Panzer-Lehr Division demonstrated the ideal equipments of Panzergrenadier-Regiment with all half-tracked SdKfz 251 SPW to cooperate with panzers across country. As Guderian was to argue: "It is better to have a few strong divisions than many partially equipped ones. The later type needs a large quantity of wheeled vehicles, fuel and personnel which is quite disproportionate to their effectiveness; they are a burden, both to command and to supply." The Panzer-Lehr Division was the best example.


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