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

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Type 44 Grenadier-Regiment (mot) Table 18. Type 44 Grenadier-Regiment (mot)

Firepower of Grenadier-Regiment (mot) in 1944 Table 19. Firepower of Grenadier-Regiment (mot) in 1944

Grenadier-Regiment (gep) GD and Füsiliere-Regiment (gep) GD in Jul 1944 Table 20. Grenadier-Regiment (gep) "GD" and Füsiliere-Regiment (gep) "GD" in Jul 1944

Jäger-Regiment (mot) BR in Jan 1945 Table 21. Jäger-Regiment (mot) "BR" in Jan 1945

Basic Organization of Infanterie-Regiment (mot) in SS and HG Division (mot) Basic Organization of Infanterie-Regiment (mot) in SS and HG Division (mot)

Reorganization of Grenadier-Regiment (mot) 60 and 156 into Panzergrenadier-Regiments. The newly renamed and reorganized Panzergrenadier-Divisions were involved in almost all fronts during late 1943 to 1944. On 15 Mar 1944, Hitler ordered that three Panzer-Divisions be refitted or created in the West by using three (155., 179., and 273.) Reserve-Panzer-Divisions. The 16. Panzergrenadier-Division was selected to be reorganized and renamed as the 116. Panzer- Division. The Grenadier-Regiment (mot) 60 and 156 of the division were also reorganized and renamed as Panzergrenadier-Regiment 60 and 156, respectively.

Reorganization of Grenadier-Regiments (mot) in rebuilt Panzergrenadier-Divisions. As a result of the Soviet summer offensive several (10., 18., 25., and "FFH") Panzergrenadier-Divisions were wiped out in the East front during Jul to Aug in 1944. Instead of rebuilding and reforming these destroyed formations immediately, Hitler decided to create the small, full-armored and highly mobile Panzer-Brigade to meet this situation in early Jul 1944. A total of 13 Panzer- Brigades were created mainly by using Ersatz-Armee (Replacement Army) and remnants of other mechanized formations. The surviving remnants of 18., "FFH", and 25. Panzergrenadier- Divisions were used to create the Panzer-Brigade 105, 106 and 107, respectively in late Aug. But these brigades were only short-lived except Panzer-Brigade 106. Panzergrenadier-Division "FHH" was rebuilt by absorbing Panzer-Brigade 109 in Oct 1944. The Panzergrenadier-Bataillon 2109 of the brigade seemed to be incorporated into the only Grenadier-Regiment (mot) "FHH" with three battalions, but the detail is unclear. The division joined the 13. Panzer-Division to form the Panzer-Korps "FHH" and finally became a Panzer-Division in Nov 1944. The 25. Panzer- Grenadier-Division was rebuilt in Nov 1944 by incorporating Panzer-Brigade 107. The Panzergrenadier-Bataillon 2107 of the brigade became the I. Bataillon of the rebuilt Grenadier -Regiment (mot) 119 of the division, but the detail is unclear. The 10. and 18. Panzer- Grenadier-Divisions were also rebuilt in Oct and Dec 1944, respectively.


Grenadier-Regiment (mot) in "Type 44 Panzergrenadier-Division". It was not until 20 Aug 1944 that the OKH issued the standardized "Gliederung Panzergrenadier-Division 44" (Type 44 Panzergrenadier-Division) for the Heeres Panzergrenadier-Division to reorganize except "GD" and "FFH". A special organization applied to these two elite divisions. The reorganized regiment had three battalions with a total of 14 companies (Table 18). There are at least three differences between Type 44 and Type 43 Grenadier-Regiment (mot). First, the supply company was concentrated under the battalion HQ. Second, the optional self-propelled anti-aircraft company was no longer existed, they were distributed among the motorized heavy grenadier company in each battalion. Third, most of the motorized anti-tank guns were concentrated to the Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung, the grenadiers now equipped Panzerfaust or Panzershrenck as their "personnal" anti-tank guns.

Type 44 Grenadier-Regiment (mot)

Grenadier-Regiment (mot) Stab

III. Bataillon Stab II. Bataillon Stab I. Bataillon Stab
9. to 11. Grenadier-Kompanie and 12. schwere Grenadier-Kompanie 5. to 7. Grenadier-Kompanie and 8. schwere Grenadier-Kompanie 1. to 3. Grenadier-Kompanie and 4. schwere Grenadier-Kompanie
13. Pioniere-Kompanie 14. schwere IG-Kompanie

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

The firepower of the regiment were at the same level as compared with that of the Type 43 regiment except the motorized anti-tank guns (Table 19).

Firepower of Grenadier-Regiment (mot) in 1944

LMG/HMG 2 cm Flak/FT 7.5 cm Pak 8 cm/12 cm Mortar 15 cm IG
Stab 7/0 0 3 0 0
I. Bataillon 60/12 6/0 0 6/4 0
II. Bataillon 60/12 6/0 0 6/4 0
III. Bataillon 60/12 6/0 0 6/4 0
13. Kompanie 12/2 0/18 0 2/0 0
14. Kompanie 3/0 0 0 0 4
Total 202/38 18/18 3 20/12 4

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

On 1 Dec 1944, both of the Grenadier-Regiment (mot) in Panzergrenadier-Division was renamed as Panzergrenadier-Regiment but only one of the regiment was equipped with SPW in only one battalion.


Formation of Jäger-Regiments (mot) "Brandenburg". Only one new Panzergrenadier-Division was formed in 1944. The Brandenburg was the most interesting but least known formation in German Army during World War II. The formation first appeared as Brandenburg Sonderverband for special operation in 1942. Later the Sonderverband transformed to Brandenburg Division with four regiments in 1943: 1. Regiment "BR" with three battalions, 2. Regiment "BR" with three battalions, 3. Regiment "BR" with three battalions and 4. Regiment "BR" with only two battalions. The division finally transferred to the regular army and reorganized into Panzergrenadier-Division "Brandenburg" on 15 Sep 1944. The 3. Regiment "BR" was detached in Italy and never became an integral part when the division established. The 4. Regiment "BR" was absorbed by 1. and 2. Regiment "BR" which became the Jäger-Regiment (mot) "BR" 1 and 2, respectively. Each motorized jäger regiment had three battalions, but the detail is unclear.

Grenadier-Regiment (gep) "GD" and Fusiliere-Regiment (gep) "GD". The Panzer- Grenadier-Division "GD" was still one of the most powerful mechanized formations in German Army. Both of the Grenadier- and Füsiliere-Regiment (gep) "GD" were rather larger than that of the ordinary Grenadier-Regiment (mot). The regiment had three battalions with a total of 18 companies (Table 20).

Grenadier-Regiment (gep) "GD" and Füsiliere-Regiment (gep) "GD" in Jul 1944

Regiment Stab Regiment Stab Begleit-Kompanie Begleit-Kompanie
I. Bataillon Stab I. Bataillon Stab

Versorgungs-Komapnie Versorgungs-Komapnie

1. Kompanie 1. Kompanie
2. Kompanie 2. Kompanie
3. Kompanie 3. Kompanie
4. Kompanie 4. Kompanie
II. Bataillon Stab II. Bataillon Stab

Versorgungs-Komapnie Versorgungs-Komapnie

5. Kompanie 5. Kompanie
6. Kompanie 6. Kompanie
7. Kompanie 7. Kompanie
8. Kompanie 8. Kompanie
schwere-Kompanie schwere-Kompanie
III. Bataillon Stab III. Bataillon Stab

Versorgungs-Komapnie Versorgungs-Komapnie

9. Kompanie 9. Kompanie
10. Kompanie 10. Kompanie
11. Kompanie 11. Kompanie
12. Kompanie 12. Kompanie
Flak-Kompanie Flak-Kompanie
13. schwere IG-Kompanie 13. schwere IG-Kompanie
14. Pioniere-Kompanie 14. Pioniere-Kompanie
15. Panzer-Jäger-Kompanie 15. Panzerjäger-Kompanie
16. Flak-Kompanie 16. Flak-Kompanie

Table 20. Basic organization of Grenadier-Regiment (gep) "GD" and Füsiliere-Regiment (gep) "GD" in Jul 1944.

Reorganization of Grenadier-Regiment (gep) "GD" and Füsiliere-Regiment (gep) "GD". On 14 Dec 1944, Panzer-Korps "GD" was ordered to form with Panzergrenadier-Division "GD" and "BR" under its command. The III/Grenadier-Regiment "GD" and I/Füsiliere-Regiment "GD" of the division were transferred to the Panzer-Korps "GD" Stab. The III/Füsiliere-Regiment "GD" was then redesignated as I. Bataillon of the regiment. The strength of both regiments reduced to two battalions each. The regiments were further reorganized in accordance with the "Type 44 Panzer-Division" on 8 Jan 1945.

Reorganization of Jäger-Regiments (mot) "Brandenburg". The III/Jäger-Regiment (mot) "BR" 1 was also detached to the Panzer-Korps "GD" Stab. The III/Jäger-Regiment (mot) "BR" 2 was disbanded. The strength of both regiments reduced to only two battalions each (Table 21).

Jäger-Regiment (mot) "BR" in Jan 1945

Regiment Stab Regiment Stab Begleit-Kompanie Begleit-Kompanie
I. Bataillon Stab I. Bataillon Stab

Versorgungs-Komapnie Versorgungs-Komapnie

1. Kompanie 1. Kompanie
2. Kompanie 2. Kompanie
3. Kompanie 3. Kompanie
4. schwere-Kompanie 4. schwere-Kompanie
5. IG-Kompanie 5. IG-Kompanie
II. Bataillon Stab II. Bataillon Stab

Versorgungs-Komapnie Versorgungs-Komapnie

6. Kompanie 6. Kompanie
7. Kompanie 7. Kompanie
8. Kompanie 8. Kompanie
9. schwere-Kompanie 9. schwere-Kompanie
10. IG-Kompanie 10. IG-Kompanie
11. Panzer-Jäger-Kompanie 11. Panzerjäger-Kompanie
12. Pioniere-Kompanie 12. Pioniere-Kompanie

Table 21. Basic organization of Jäger-Regiment (mot) "BR" in Jan 1945.


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