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Basic Organization of Schützen-Regiment in Afrika-Division During 1941 to 1943

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Schuetzen-Regiment in Afrika-Division during 1941 to 1943 Table 17. Schützen-Regiment in Afrika-Division during 1941 to 1943

Basic Organization of Grenadier-Regiment (mot) in Panzergrenadier-Division During 1944 Basic Organization of Grenadier-Regiment (mot) in Panzergrenadier-Division During 1944

German involvement in the Mediterranean theatre began early in 1941 with the arrival of the Luftwaffe and General Rommel's Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) in North Africa. The DAK was originally formed from 5. leichte-Division and soon reinforced by the 15. Panzer-Division. During 1941 to 1943 a total of three motorized infantry divisions took part in the North Africa theatre. They were the 90. leichte Afrika-Division in 1941, the 164. leichte Afrika-Division in 1942 and the 999. Afrika-Division in 1943. The basic organization of these divisions was quite different from that of the Heeres Infanterie-Division (mot) in the Europe theatre. Generally speaking these Afrika-Divisions contained three Schützen-Regiment, each with only two battalions and one motorized artillery regiment. The detail organization and firepower distribution were unclear but they seemed to be the same as Schützen-Regiment in their parental Infanterie-Division. The suggested organization of these Schützen-Regiment is shown in Table 17.

Schützen-Regiment in Afrika-Division during 1941 to 1943

Opel 6700 Regiment Stab Opel 6700 Stab-Kompanie
Opel 6700 I. Bataillon Opel 6700 1. Kompanie
Opel 6700 2. Kompanie
Opel 6700 3. Kompanie
Opel 6700 4. Schwere-Kompanie
Opel 6700 II. Bataillon Opel 6700 5. Kompanie
Opel 6700 6. Kompanie
Opel 6700 7. Kompanie
Opel 6700 8. Schwere-Kompanie
Infantry Gun 9. sIG-Kompanie
Opel 6700 10. Pioniere-Kompanie (optional)

Pak 11. Panzerjäger-Kompanie (optional)

Table 17. Suggested basic organization of Schützen-Regiment in Afrika-Division during 1941 to 1943.

The war in North Africa ended early in May 1943, with a loss of 10., 15., 21. Panzer-Divisions, Kempfgruppe Schmid of Dvision "Hermann Goering" and three motorized infantry divisions. To face the imminent Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy, the remnent of the 15. Panzer-Division was rebuilt as 15. Panzergrenadier-Division in Jul 1943. The 90. leichte Afrika-Division was also rebuilt as 90. Panzergrenadier-Division in Jul 1943. The other two Afrika-Divisions were disbanded in Jun 1943 and never rebuilt.


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