Introduction

To the readers;

The intention of these documents is to provide potential Steel Panthers scenario designers an understanding and ability to create historical and realistic scenarios. Additionally, E-Mail games can now be "based" real force distributions instead of spur of the moment and ad hov creations. There are three take aways:

1. Realistic force creations

2. New tactical opportunities

3. New units creations

REALISTIC FORCE CREATIONS

Most nationalities utilized triangular formations. The different forms were dependent upon units available, strength of units and operational goals. Almost all armies used battalion sized unit formations as their minimum size. Steel Panthers limits this important characteristic with formation sized parameters.

I am not recommending playing regimental sized battles, but true battalion sized battles are currently impossible with the limits on unit numbers. An example of an realistic operational unit would be an American Regimental Combat Team.

Please refer to the RCTs organization.

Normally the RCT would have two advancing formations with a third in reserve. Each advancing formation would be a battalion of infantry and 1 or 2 companies of engineers. The artillery battalion and battery would be with the reserve formation. The armored company would be split between the advancing formations. This basic formation (one of the advancing columns) requires: 1 or 2 platoons of tanks, 2 or 3 sections of off board artillery (maybe on board), 1 or 2 platoons of engineers with trucks, roughly 28 infantry squads with supporting heavy weapons. The divisional motor pool would provide transportation for the infantry - some on the tanks and the rest in trucks. This may seem like a lot of units but it is only roughly 400 points!! (120 for the tanks, 40 for the artillery, 32 for the engineers, 16 for their trucks, 84 for the infantry, 36 for their trucks, and 70 for misc. (like a company from the Recon battalion - ACs)). This would be a standard formation used in SP. Yet, this type of formation is impossible to achieve with the unit number limitation.

NEW TACTICAL OPPORTUNITIES

If players could create this type of formation, tactics would be dramatically different. Effective flanking maneuvers, thrusts ,etc. could be staged. You could afford to be aggressive because you could have some on board reserve to accomplish the mission if you make a mistake or miscalculation. Now, if a tactical mistake is made, you are essentially up a creek.

My goal was not to compliant, but provide an easy reference source to truly challenge other players in games. With unit formation charts, players can simulate an armored attack against an infantry unit and know what possible units would be available. Again it changes tactics. If you know the enemy will not have tanks, your selection of forces is going to be different. You might choose slow moving SP artillery units to "blast" at bunkers, etc. versus fast moving mobile tanks because you do not have to worry about an armored counter attack.

Thus, challenges would be what type of engagement, the year and month, the nationalities, and the unit type (Armor division versus an infantry or Armored infantry). This will create "unbalances" in player formations strengths. Armored units will have force advantages over infantry. This is what real military commanders hoped to achieve when attacking.

So how to make the game "fair"? Simple, negotiate point reallocations before the game; such as the infantry division defender has a 25% point bonus or the armor attacker has 25% penalty. Again these point reallocations change your tactics. It is not enough to capture two of the three objective areas, but as the armored commander you must assault all three to win.

My goal is to provide the resources to create circumstances like these, allowing different tactical plays. Unit structures and organizations create limits for force selections. In turn these limits provide different opportunities for tactics based on unit types. Indeed you'll be faced with the same chooses actual commanders had or the lack of chooses dependent on you perspective.

NEW UNITS CREATIONS

Furthermore, anyone using Spedit can now create additional units based on realistic structures. For example, I have integrated (with the editor) the 4th platoon of the standard German infantry company into the other three platoons. This is realistic, the heavy weapons rarely operated alone, and it allows a large group (pool) of men to transport (carry) the heavy weapons. So their movement rates are not dramatically different than infantry (now they are so slow without motorized transport).

NATIONALITIES COMPLETED

I have researched four force structures:

1. German

2. American

3. British (still being cleaned up)

4. Russian (still being cleaned up)

FREE AND PUBLIC INFORMATION

These documents are not commercial in nature and the information found in them is freely available in public libraries, etc. I highly recommend reading the reference sources listed. Most of the stories and accounts are dramatic and compelling. Any copyright infringement is unintentional and this documents distribution is free. My sole request is: if you create scenarios with these charts, I'd love to play them.

Please include this preface and the reference sources with any distribution.

CONCLUSION

I do not plan to update or revise the documents - the compilation took too much time. I would appreciate receiving corrections or adjustments. Again these charts and tables are from multiple sources, which sometimes had slightly different organizations and unit strengths. Additionally, I have rough draft forms of the British and Russian forces. Once I clean them up, I post 'em.

Have fun. Thanks.

S. Sheckells

SSHECKE277@AOL.com

REFERENCE SOURCES

The Second World War: A Military History

Basil Collier, William Morrow & Company, 1967.

The German Army in the West.

Siegfeid Westphal, 1950.

The Ardennes: The Battle of the Bulge. US Army in World War II.

Hugh Cole, Department of the Army, 1965

The Last Offensive: European Theatre of Operations. US Army in World War II.

Charles McDonald, Department of the Army, 1965.

Hitler's Last Gamble: The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945.

Trevor N. Dupuy, Harper Perennial, 1994.

Soviet Military Operational Art: In Pursuit of Deep Battle.

David M. Glantz, Frank Cass, 1991.

The Russian version of above - sorry I do not write nor speak Russian. I had the help of several Russian friends with some translations.

Red Storm on the Reich: The Soviet March on Germany, 1945.

Christopher Duffy, Da Capo Press, 1993.

World War II Organization and Equipment Series.

Enola Games, Navwar , 1982.

Hitler's Greatest Defeat: The Collapse of Army Group Centre, June 1944.

Paul Adair, Arms and Armour, 1994.

The Screaming Eagles: A history of the 101st Airborne Division.

Leonard Rapport and Arthur Northwood, Jr., 101st Airborne Division Press, 1948.

German Units

1. German sections are equivalent to American squads.

2. There are three types of formations:

Ø Organizational: The "paper" strength a unit has.

Ø Operational: A time period assessment of unit (based on reality). Operational is how the forces were grouped and typically engaged the enemy in the field.

Ø Field: Snapshot of unit's current strength. For example: an unit should have 5 tanks in a platoon per company operating with 2 other companies. But recent losses in fighting has field forces at 4 tanks per platoon with only 2 companies (the third was too badly damaged).

3. The formations specified have optimums unit numbers. Most units functioned at 80% to 90% of their optimum. For example:

A German infantry Panzer Grenadier Battalion should have 39 sections (squads) on paper. However it operational strength is 90% or 35 sections. It has not received replacements, etc. Additionally, after three days of intense fighting it has taken casualties and is at a field strength of 25 sections.

4. Organizational is what was supposed to be on paper. How an army thought it would operate. Additionally the organizational set up defines how an army replenishes itself. Thus most units are assigned to a division. Normally new units (replacements or replenishment of people and material) are sent to a division to be assigned to the formation needing the resources. Note: new "units" ,like new divisions, are formed at higher levels (like the US "creating" new divisions for WW II) or are "created through re-organization" from the remnants of other units (like the German as the war continued).

5. German operated in kampfgruppe (n). These were combined arms groups which operated at a battalion or larger level. In other words, individual companies, platoons, etc. were not assigned to a kampfgruppe or created as a kampfgruppe (there are rare exceptions).

Ø The exceptions were units which were formed and maintained independence as a smaller units than a regiments such as engineering battalions or assault gun battalions. Furthermore, kampfgruppen were at least battalion sized because a battalion is a small unit when you are commanding a corp. or army (a battalion is less than a 1000 men, closer to 600ish, while an army or corp. could be 100,000+). The exceptions like Engineering battalions or Assault Gun Battalions would be assigned to a division. In turn these battalion would be "divided' by company (no smaller) to support the multiple battalions of infantry, tanks, etc.

6. Kampfgruppe allowed the Germans tactical and strategic flexibility. Kampfgruppe had an armored element such as tanks, assault guns, tank destroyers (TDs), armored cars, or even armored infantry (half-tracks); an infantry element, and support elements like artillery, SPs (Self Propelled - I use this to refer to artillery in a tracked vehicle versus mobile artillery which is transported by truck), Anti Tank (AT) guns, etc.

7. Kampfgruppe allowed the Germans tactical and strategic flexibility. Kampfgruppe had an armored element such as tanks, assault guns, tank destroyers (TDs), armored cars, or even armored infantry (half-tracks); an infantry element, and support elements like artillery, SPs (Self Propelled - I use this to refer to artillery in a tracked vehicle versus mobile artillery which is transported by truck), Anti Tank (AT) guns, etc.

8. The German, unlike the Americans, would combine and consolidate units in the field. As the war progressed vehicles and their replacements became scarce. Consequently, to maintain a unit's strength, light units (units with significantly less than their organizational strength - like 50% of organizational) would be combined to create "normal" units. These were sometimes called heavy units. I think "heavy units" is a misnomer because the new combined units were not that much stronger via actual numbers than the original organizational charts or numbers. They were only "heavy" compared to the current field deployments. For example:

Ø The 1st SS Panzer Division in the Ardennes Offensive. The organizational tank strength of an SS Panzer Division was a regiment of tanks divided into two tank battalions. However, the Liebstandarte (1st SS) did not have enough tanks to create two viable tank battalions and the organizational regiment. So they formed from the remnants of their two understrength tank battalions a single mixed battalion composed of two companies of Pz IVs and two companies of Pz Vs. The "new" 4 company tank battalion was stronger than the current tank battalion (the "new" unit had 4 companies versus the current standard of 3). It might be considered a "heavy" unit, but in reality it was one battalion of 4 companies making up a regiment versus the original two battalions of 3 companies (weaker by 2 companies).

9. Usually tanks were not "mixed". A battalion would have all main units very similar. Logically this makes sense due to repair, maintenance, etc. And more importantly, different vehicles meant different speeds and strengths. Tigers (Pz VIEs) operated with Pz IVs and not Panthers (Pz Vs) because the Tigers and Pz IVs had similar speeds. It is bad news on a battlefield to have one tank doing 17 and another doing 13. They will be unable to support each other - hence the enemy can divide and conquer. This is a critical point in designing scenarios - people create formations they would never operate together unless they were trapped in a city and fighting to the last man (this did occasionally happen). Yes, as you already suspect: I am a historical player. I like what ifs, but they must make historical and situational sense. My "historical perspective" inspired the creation of the scenarios for the Ardennes Offensive.

10. The Germans attempted to maintain operational field strengths. It is functionally weak to have infantry company with three platoons of 3 men or a 2 tank battalions with 10 tanks apiece. You combine them and have an unit that can actually fight. They consolidated versus replenishing because they could not replenish their units. Fundamentally it is better to replenish a damaged unit than to consolidate it with another. The Americans didn't consolidate because they could send the unit to the rear and replenish it. Hence they had no reason to consolidate units.

11. A brigade is an independent battalion or regiment. Units would be designed as a brigade to indicate an independence from a division. In other words, an Assault Gun Brigade could be assigned to a corp. or army and not be consigned to a division. Therefore could be replenished from the corp.'s or army's resources not the division's. Additionally it could operate more freely and be shifted where it was needed within the corp..

12. Organizational and Unit Strength Tables are provided. Additionally, notes to the tables and SP Design tips follow.

13. Most units will be withdrawn from battles, unless surrounded, cut off, trapped, etc. when they reach casualties of 50% to 60%. This leads to another flaw in SP: I have fought almost to the last man (70% to 80% casualties) in several scenarios. This does not happen in real life. For example, here are the divisional casualty figures from the AO: (This is in casualty percentages of operational strength at beginning of AO) Number that are greater than 20% casualties are excessive i.e. 20% is not good, 20% to 30% is bad, 30% to 50% is devastating, more than 50% is crippling (the division probably will be disbanded, consolidated, etc.)


Divisional                                                                                  
Type                                                                                        

                                                                                            

    German                                                                                  

                 1st SS   2nd SS   9th   12th SS  2nd Pz  9th Pz  116th Pz   Lehr           
                                    SS                                                      

Panzer             20       20      27      17      14      17       20       15            

                  3rd     15th                                                              

Panzer             18       16                                                              
Grenadier                                                                                   

                Begleit   Fuhrer  150th                                                     

Panzer Brigade     19       27                                                              

                  3rd      5th                                                              

Parachute          21       62                                                              

                  9th     12th    18th    26th     62nd    79th    167th    212nd           

Volksgrenadier     15       38      31      37      33      15       18       16            

                 272nd    276th   277th   326th   340th   352nd    560th                    

Volksgrenadier              23      15      16      27      25       38                     

                                                                                            

                                                                                            

   American                                                                                 

                  2nd      3rd     4th     5th     6th     7th      9th      10th    11th   

Armored            10       15                      12      13       10       11      12    

                 17th     82nd    101st                                                     
                                                                                            

Airborne           20       16      38                                                      

                  1st      2nd     4th     5th     8th     9th      26th     28th    30th   

Infantry                    14              13                       18       36      15    

                 35th     75th    78th    80th     83rd    84th     87th     90th    99th   

Infantry           17       11      10      17      14      19       11               20    

                 106th                                                                      

Infantry           67                                                                       

                                                                                            



ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS

GERMAN AMERICAN EQUIVALENT

1. Panzergrenadiers 1943 - 1945

2. Panzergrenadier Divisions

Panzer Division 1943 Armored Division

Panzergrenadier Division 1943 Armored Infantry Division

Panzer Division 1944 Armored Division

Panzergrenadier Division 1944 Armored Infantry Division

SS Panzer Division 1944 Armored Division

SS Panzergrenadier Division 1944 Armored Infantry Division

3. Panzergrenadier Regiments

Panzergrenadier Regiment (Gepanzert) 1943 Armored Infantry - Tank Div.

Grenadier regiment (Gepanzert) 1943 Motorized Infantry - Tank Div.

Panzergrenadier Regiment (Motorized) 1943 Armored Infantry - Armored Inf.

Grenadier regiment (Motorized) 1943 Motorized Infantry - Armored Inf.

Panzergrenadier Regiment (Gepanzert) 1944

Grenadier regiment (Gepanzert) 1944

Panzergrenadier Regiment (Motorized) 1944

Grenadier regiment (Motorized) 1944

SS Panzergrenadier Regiment (Gepanzert) 1944

SS Grenadier regiment (Gepanzert) 1944

SS Panzergrenadier Regiment (Motorized) 1944

SS Grenadier regiment (Motorized) 1944

4. Panzergrenadier Battalion 1943 - 1945

Panzergrenadier Battalion 1943 Armored Infantry Battalion

Grenadier Battalion 1943 Motorized Infantry Battalion

Panzergrenadier Battalion 1944 Armored Infantry Battalion

Grenadier Battalion 1944 Motorized Infantry Battalion

5. Volksgrenadier Regiment Foot Infantry

6. Fallschirmjager Regiment Parachute Infantry

7. FLAK Abteilung:

Volksgrenadier FLAK Battalion Infantry Anti Aircraft

Panzergrenadier FLAK Battalion Armored Infantry Anti Aircraft

Fallschirmjager FLAK Battalion Parachute Anti Aircraft

Panzer FLAK Battalion Armored Anti Aircraft

SS Panzer FLAK Battalion SS Armored Anti Aircraft

8. Sturmgeschutz Abteilung (Battalion): Assault Gun

Assault Gun Battalion

Assault Gun Brigade

9. Panzerjager 1944: Tank Destroyer

Self Propelled Anti-Tank (Tank Destroyer) Abteilung

Towed Anti-Tank Abteilung

10. Panzerjager 1943: Tank Destroyer

Self Propelled Anti-Tank - Panzer

Self Propelled Anti-Tank - Panzergrenadier

11. Schwere Panzerjager Abteilung: Heavy Tank Destroyer

Self Propelled Heavy Tank Destroyer Brigade

Towed Heavy Anti-Tank Abteilung

12. Panzer Regiments:

Panzer Regiment1944 - 1945 : Organizational Armored

Panzer Regiment Late 1944 Armored

Panzer Regiment Mid 1944 Armored

Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Western Front Armored

Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Eastern Front Armored

Panzer Regiment Late 1943 Armored

Panzer Regiment 1942 to Late 1943 Armored

13. Schwere Panzer Brigades:

Schwere Panzer Brigade 1945 Heavy Armored

Schwere Panzer Brigade Late 1944 - Western Front Heavy Armored

Schwere Panzer Brigade Late 1944 - Eastern Front Heavy Armored

Schwere Panzer Brigade 1944 Heavy Armored

14. Engineering Battalion

Engineering Battalion (armored and Motorized) Engineering Battalion

Volksgrenadier Engineering Battalion Infantry Engineering Battalion

15. Aufklarungs Abteilung

Aufklarungs Battalion 1942 - 1943 Recon

Grenadieraufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944 Infantry Recon

Panzergrenadieraufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944 Armored Infantry Recon

Panzeraufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944 Armored Recon

Fusilier Aufklarungs Battalion 1944 - 1945 Light Infantry Recon

Panzeraufklarungs 1944 - 1945 Armored Recon

16. Field Artillery Regiments

Panzergrenadierartillerie 1943 - 1944 Motorized Infantry Artillery

Panzerartillerie 1943 - 1944 Armored Artillery

Panzergrenadierartillerie 1944+ Motorized Infantry Artillery

Panzerartillerie 1944+ Armored Artillery

SS Panzerartillerie 1944+ SS Armored Artillery

Fallschirmjagerartillerie 1944+ Parachute Artillery

Volksgrenadierartillerie 1944+ Infantry Artillery

17. Field Artillery Battalions

Leichte Panzerartillerie 1943 - 1944 Light Artillery

Gemischte Panzerartillerie 1943 - 1944 Mixed Artillery

Panzerartillerie 1943 - 1944 Self Propelled Artillery

Other Units 1943 - 1944

Leichte Feldkanone 1944+ Light Cannon Artillery

Leichte Feldhaubitze 1944+ Light Howitzer Artillery

Gemischte Feldhaubitze 1944+ Medium Howitzer Artillery

Schwere Feldhaubitze 1944+ Heavy Howitzer Artillery

Panzerartillerie 1944 Self Propelled Artillery

Nebelwerfer 1944+ Rocket Artillery

VAK - Volksartillerie 1944+

VWB - Volkswerfer Brigade 1944+

PanzerGrenadiers 1943 and 1945

There are several types of "Panzer" or "Grenadier" infantry:

· Panzergrenadier: The term originally meant armored infantry and corresponded to infantry units in armored transports such as half-tracks. However the term evolved through the war and sprouted several sub-definitions.

· Grenadier: Literally it means foot soldier. It was the original term for assault infantry. There were Infantry Divisions in the Army (early part of war), but they corresponded to "foot soldiers". Grenadier Infantry was motorized or had a part of the unit motorized. However it was not armored. Hence the development of Panzergrenadiers. The term evolved with Panzergrenadier. As the war progressed Grenadiers became Volksgrenadier, a lighter division than its predecessor which was more like Infantry than Grenadiers (motorized).

So what does Panzergrenadier mean in 1943? 1944? 1945?

There were two distinct formations within the German Army: a Panzer Division and a Panzergrenadier Division. The Panzer Division was strategically and tactically developed for utilizing tanks. The infantry components of the division were to support the tanks. On the other hand, the Panzergrenadier Divisions were "beefed up" infantry units. Their strategy and tactics are reflective of infantry, even though they are very powerful infantry. Consequently there are distinct differences between Panzergrenadiers with Panzer Divisions and Panzergrenadiers with Panzergrenadier Divisions. Yes, it is confusing. Try to segment based on strategy / tactics - one is a tank perspective, the other a heavily armed infantry perspective.

Panzergrenadier units are divided into:

· Panzergrenadier is PG.

1. PG Regiment attached to Panzer Divisions (Gepanzert)

2. PG regiments attached to PG Divisions (Motorized)

The PG Divisions had light armored elements which provided armored support for the infantry, while the infantry elements (the Panzergrenadiers) in a Panzer Divisions provided infantry support for the armor.

* To avoid confusion from now on - I will call Panzergrenadiers in PG Divisions (infantry based units) Grenadiers. This is inaccurate but will alleviate confusion with the term Panzergrenadier. Therefore Grenadier refers to motorized infantry. Please note originally: Panzergrenadier meant armored infantry with light armor support, Grenadier meant motorized infantry (partially or whole), and infantry meant non-motorized and non-armored. *

Thus the formations will be described going top to bottom (Division to section).

PanzerGrenadier Divisions

1943 - 1944 DIVISIONS

Panzer Division:


 Armored Components        Infantry            Artillery            Misc.      

 1 Panzer Regiment     1 Panzergrenadier   1 Motorized Panzer    1 Motorized   
      (2 Panzer            Regiment       Artillery Regiment     Engineering   
     Battalions)          (1 Armored          (2 Artillery        Battalion    
                          Battalion)      Battalions and 1 SP                  
                          (1 Motorized         Artillery                       
                           Infantry            Battalion)                      
                          Battalion)                                           

  1 Recon Battalion       1 Grenadier        1 Panzer FLAK         1 Self      
                           Regiment            Battalion        Propelled HQ   
                         (1 Motorized                              Company     
                           Infantry                                            
                          Battalion)                                           
                          (1Infantry                                           
                          Battalion)                                           

  1 Self Propelled                                                             
 Anti Tank Battalion                                                           

   2 Medium Armor          1 Armored         1 SP Artillery                    
     Battalions            Battalion           Battalion                       
    1 Light Armor                                                              
      Battalion                                                                
   1 TD Battalion                                                              

4 Armored Battalions      4 Infantry          4 Artillery                      
                           Battalion           Battalions                      



Panzergrenadier Division:


 Armored Components         Infantry            Artillery             Misc.       

    1 Assault Gun        1st Grenadier        1 Motorized PG       1 Motorized    
      Battalion            Regiment        Artillery Regiment      Engineering    
                          (2 Motorized         (3 Artillery         Battalion     
                            Infantry           Battalions)                        
                          Battalions)                                             
                           (1Infantry                                             
                           Battalion)                                             

  1 Recon Battalion      2nd Grenadier     1 PG FLAK Battalion    1 Armored HQ    
                           Regiment                                  Company      
                          (2 Motorized                                            
                            Infantry                                              
                          Battalions)                                             
                           (1Infantry                                             
                           Battalion)                                             

  1 Self Propelled                                                                
 Anti Tank Battalion                                                              

    1 Light Armor                                                                 
      Battalion                                                                   
   1 TD Battalion                                                                 
 1 Infantry Support                                                               
      Battalion                                                                   

3 Armored Battalions       6 Infantry          4 Artillery                        
                           Battalions           Battalions                        



PanzerGrenadier Divisions

1944 - 1945 DIVISIONS


* Please note: There no changes in the divisional structures between 1943 and 1945! *


* The changes are at a regimental or battalion level! *

Panzer Division:


 Armored Components        Infantry            Artillery            Misc.      

 1 Panzer Regiment     1 Panzergrenadier   1 Motorized Panzer    1 Motorized   
      (2 Panzer            Regiment       Artillery Regiment     Engineering   
     Battalions)          (1 Armored          (2 Artillery        Battalion    
                          Battalion)      Battalions and 1 SP                  
                          (1 Motorized         Artillery                       
                           Infantry            Battalion)                      
                          Battalion)                                           

  1 Recon Battalion       1 Grenadier        1 Panzer FLAK         1 Self      
                           Regiment            Battalion        Propelled HQ   
                         (1 Motorized                              Company     
                           Infantry                                            
                          Battalion)                                           
                          (1Infantry                                           
                          Battalion)                                           

  1 Self Propelled                                                             
 Anti Tank Battalion                                                           

   2 Medium Armor          1 Armored         1 SP Artillery                    
     Battalions            Battalion           Battalion                       
    1 Light Armor                                                              
      Battalion                                                                
   1 TD Battalion                                                              

4 Armored Battalions      4 Infantry          4 Artillery                      
                           Battalion           Battalions                      



Panzergrenadier Division:


 Armored Components         Infantry            Artillery             Misc.       

    1 Assault Gun        1st Grenadier        1 Motorized PG       1 Motorized    
      Battalion            Regiment        Artillery Regiment      Engineering    
                          (2 Motorized         (3 Artillery         Battalion     
                            Infantry           Battalions)                        
                          Battalions)                                             
                           (1Infantry                                             
                           Battalion)                                             

  1 Recon Battalion      2nd Grenadier     1 PG FLAK Battalion    1 Armored HQ    
                           Regiment                                  Company      
                          (2 Motorized                                            
                            Infantry                                              
                          Battalions)                                             
                           (1Infantry                                             
                           Battalion)                                             

  1 Self Propelled                                                                
 Anti Tank Battalion                                                              

    1 Light Armor                                                                 
      Battalion                                                                   
   1 TD Battalion                                                                 
 1 Infantry Support                                                               
      Battalion                                                                   

3 Armored Battalions       6 Infantry          4 Artillery                        
                           Battalions           Battalions                        



SS PanzerGrenadier Divisions 1944 and 1945

SS Panzer Division:


 Armored Components         Infantry              Artillery              Misc.       

 1 Panzer Regiment      1 Panzergrenadier     1 Motorized Panzer      1 Motorized    
      (2 Panzer             Regiment         Artillery Regiment       Engineering    
     Battalions)      (1 Armored battalion       (4 Artillery          Battalion     
                         and 2 Motorized     Battalions and 1 SP                     
                       Infantry Battalion)   Artillery Battalion)                    

  1 Recon Battalion   1 Grenadier Regiment      1 Panzer FLAK      1 Self Propelled  
                                                  Battalion           HQ Company     
                          (3 Motorized                                               
                      Infantry Battalions)                                           

  1 Self Propelled                                                                   
 Anti Tank Battalion                                                                 

    1 Assault Gun                                                                    
      Battalion                                                                      

   2 Medium Armor      1 Armored Battalion      1 SP Artillery                       
     Battalions                                   Battalion                          
    1 Light Armor                             1 Rocket Battalion                     
      Battalion                                                                      
   1 TD Battalion                                                                    
 1 Infantry Support                                                                  
      Battalion                                                                      

5 Armored Battalions  6 Infantry Battalion       6 Artillery                         
                                                  Battalions                         



SS Panzergrenadier Division:


 Armored Components         Infantry              Artillery             Misc.        

    1 Assault Gun         1st Grenadier        1 Motorized PG        1 Motorized     
      Battalion             Regiment         Artillery Regiment      Engineering     
                          (3 Motorized          (4 Artillery          Battalion      
                      Infantry Battalions)       Battalions)                         

  1 Recon Battalion       2nd Grenadier      1 PG FLAK Battalion     1 Armored HQ    
                            Regiment                                   Company       
                          (3 Motorized                                               
                      Infantry Battalions)                                           

  1 Self Propelled      2 Panzergrenadier      1 SP Artillery                        
 Anti Tank Battalion       Battalion              Battalion                          

    1 Light Armor      2 Armored Battalion     1 SP Artillery                        
      Battalion                                   Battalion                          
   1 TD Battalion                            1 Rocket Battalion                      
 1 Infantry Support                                                                  
      Battalion                                                                      

3 Armored Battalions       8 Infantry            6 Artillery                         
                           Battalions            Battalions                          



PanzerGrenadier Regiments 1943 - 1944

PANZERGRENADIER REGIMENTS WITH PANZER DIVISIONS



* Panzergrenadier or Grenadier Regiments attached to Panzer Divisions were Gepanzert. *



Panzergrenadier Regiment (Gepanzert):

> Armored Infantry Regiment 1943


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

   1 Battalion         1 Battalion         1 Motorized     1 Sapper Company   
                                            Artillery                         
                                             Company                          

                                                             1 Armored HQ     
                                                                Company       

                                                                              



· The armored company had half-tracks instead of trucks.

Grenadier Regiment (Gepanzert):

> Motorized Infantry Regiment 1943


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

                       1 Motorized         1 Motorized     1 Sapper Company   
                        Battalion           Artillery                         
                                             Company                          

                        1 Infantry                          1 Motorized HQ    
                     Battalion (foot)                           Company       

                                                                              



Regimental Companies:


  Company      HQ Unit      Platoon 1     Platoon 2      Platoon 3      Platoon 4   

 HQ Company    (2)  KKs     RECON (1)      FLAME (1)    AT (3) 75mm     COMMO (1)   
                 (3)           sctn        Eng sctn         gun           sctn      
               Maultier                                   (3) trck                  

Gun Company    (2)  KKs    ART (2) 75mm  ART (2) 75mm   ART (2) 75mm                
                 (3)           gun            gun           gun                     
               Maultier      (2) trck      (2) trck       (2) trck                  
                           (2) Maultier  (2) Maultier   (2) Maultier                

   Sapper      (2)  HMG     (4)  sctns    (4)  sctns     (3) sctns      (3) sctns   
  Company     (3)  81mm     (4) trcks      (4) trcks     (3) trcks      (3) trcks   
                 Mtr                                                                
              (4) trcks                                                             



PanzerGrenadier Regiments 1943 - 1944

PANZERGRENADIER REGIMENTS WITH PANZERGRENADIER DIVISIONS



* Panzergrenadier or Grenadier Regiments attached to Panzergrenadier Divisions were Motorized. *



Panzergrenadier Regiment (Motorized):

> Armored Infantry Regiment 1943


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

                                                                              

                                                                              

                                                                              



· There were no armored infantry attached to a PG Division.

· The sole exception could have been an armored infantry company (s) attached to the division acting as a recon force in place of or conjunction to the recon battalion.

Grenadier Regiment (Motorized):

> Motorized Infantry Regiment 1943


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

                       2 Motorized         1 Motorized     1 Sapper Company   
                        Battalion           Artillery                         
                                             Company                          

                        1 Infantry                          1 Motorized HQ    
                     Battalion (foot)                           Company       

                                                                              



Regimental Companies:


  Company      HQ Unit      Platoon 1     Platoon 2      Platoon 3      Platoon 4   

 HQ Company    (2)  KKs     RECON (1)      FLAME (1)    AT (3) 75mm     COMMO (1)   
                 (3)           sctn        Eng sctn         gun           sctn      
               Maultier                                   (3) trck                  

Gun Company    (2)  KKs    ART (2) 75mm  ART (2) 75mm   ART (2) 75mm                
                 (3)           gun            gun           gun                     
               Maultier      (2) trck      (2) trck       (2) trck                  
                           (2) Maultier  (2) Maultier   (2) Maultier                

   Sapper      (2)  HMG     (4)  sctns    (4)  sctns     (3) sctns      (3) sctns   
  Company     (3)  81mm     (4) trcks      (4) trcks     (3) trcks      (3) trcks   
                 Mtr                                                                
              (4) trcks                                                             



PanzerGrenadier Regiments 1944 - 1945

PANZERGRENADIER REGIMENTS WITH PANZER DIVISIONS



* Panzergrenadier or Grenadier Regiments attached to Panzer Divisions were Gepanzert. *



Panzergrenadier Regiment (Gepanzert):

> Armored Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

   1 Battalion         1 Battalion      1 Self Propelled     1 Armored HQ     
                                            Artillery           Company       
                                             Company                          

                                          1 Panzer FLAK                       
                                             Company                          



· The armored company had half-tracks instead of trucks.

Grenadier Regiment (Gepanzert):

> Motorized Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

                       1 Motorized      1 Self Propelled    1 Motorized HQ    
                        Battalion           Artillery           Company       
                                             Company                          

                        1 Infantry        1 Panzer FLAK                       
                     Battalion (foot)        Company                          



· The Self Propelled Artillery company could be towed. As the war progresses (into 1945) these companies had towed artillery pieces (trucks) for the lack of tracked vehicles.

Regimental Companies:


  Company      HQ Unit       Platoon 1    Platoon 2      Platoon 3      Platoon 4   

  HQ Company    (2)  KKs     RECON (1)     COMMO (1)    AT (3) 75mm                 
                   (2)         sctn          sctn           gun                     
                Maultier                                  (3) trck                  

 FLAK Company   (2)  KKs    (4) 20mm AA   (4) 20mm AA   (4) 20mm AA                 
                             (4) trck      (4) trck       (4) trck                  

     Self       (3)  KKs   (2) 150mm SP  (2) 150mm SP   (2) 150mm SP  (3) Maultier  
Propelled Gun                                                                       
   Company                                                                          

  Towed Gun     (4)  KKs      ART (2)       ART (2)    ART (2) 150mm  (3) Maultier  
   Company                   150mm gun     150mm gun        gun                     
                             (2) trck      (2) trck       (2) trck                  



· Approximately 1/3 of PG regiments had the FLAK company.

Panzergrenadier Regiments 1944 - 1945

PANZERGRENADIER REGIMENTS WITH PANZERGRENADIER DIVISIONS



* Panzergrenadier or Grenadier Regiments attached to Panzergrenadier Divisions were Motorized. *



Panzergrenadier Regiment (Motorized):

> Armored Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

                                                                              

                                                                              

                                                                              



· There were no armored infantry attached to a PG Division.

· The sole exception could have been an armored infantry company (s) attached to the division acting as a recon force inplace of or conjunction to the recon battalion.

Grenadier Regiment (Motorized):

> Motorized Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

                       2 Motorized         1 Motorized      1 Motorized HQ    
                        Battalion           Artillery           Company       
                                             Company                          

                        1 Infantry        1 Panzer FLAK                       
                     Battalion (foot)        Company                          



Regimental Companies:


  Company      HQ Unit       Platoon 1     Platoon 2      Platoon 3     Platoon 4   

  HQ Company    (2)  KKs     RECON (1)     COMMO (1)     AT (3) 75mm                
                   (3)         sctn           sctn           gun                    
                Maultier                                  (3) trck                  

 FLAK Company   (2)  KKs    (4) 20mm AA   (4) 20mm AA    (4) 20mm AA                
                             (4) trck       (4) trck      (4) trck                  

 Gun Company    (3)  KKs   ART (2) 75mm   ART (2) 75mm  ART (2) 75mm                
                   (3)          gun           gun            gun                    
                Maultier     (2) trck       (2) trck      (2) trck                  
                           (2) Maultier   (2) Maultier  (2) Maultier                



· Approximately 1/3 of PG regiments had the FLAK company.

SS Panzergrenadier Regiments 1944 - 1945

SS PANZERGRENADIER REGIMENTS WITH SS PANZER DIVISIONS



* Panzergrenadier or Grenadier Regiments attached to Panzer Divisions were Gepanzert. *



SS Panzergrenadier Regiment (Gepanzert):

> Armored Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery             Misc.          

   1 Battalion         2 Battalion      1 Self Propelled  1 Self Propelled Tank  
                                            Artillery       Destroyer Company    
                                             Company                             

                                          1 Panzer FLAK    1 Armored HQ Company  
                                             Company                             

                                                                                 



· The armored company had half-tracks instead of trucks.

SS Grenadier Regiment (Gepanzert):

> Motorized Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery             Misc.          

                       3 Battalion      1 Self Propelled  1 Self Propelled Tank  
                                            Artillery       Destroyer Company    
                                             Company                             

                                          1 Panzer FLAK       1 Motorized HQ     
                                             Company             Company         

                                                                                 



Regimental Companies:


     Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1    Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4  

    HQ Company       (2)  KKs    RECON (1)    COMMO (1)                            
                       (3)          sctn         sctn                              
                     Maultier                                                      

   FLAK Company      (2)  KKs   (4) 20mm AA  (4) 20mm AA  (4) 20mm AA              
                                  (4) trck     (4) trck     (4) trck               

  Self Propelled     (3)  KKs    (2) 150mm    (2) 150mm    (2) 150mm       (3)     
   Gun Company                       SP           SP           SP       Maultier   

  Self Propelled    (2) JgPzs    (4) JgPzs    (4) JgPzs    (4) JgPzs               
Anti-Tank Company                                                                  



· Approximately ½ of SS PG regiments had the FLAK company.

SS Panzergrenadier Regiments 1944 - 1945

SS PANZERGRENADIER REGIMENTS WITH SS PANZERGRENADIER DIVISIONS



* Panzergrenadier or Grenadier Regiments attached to Panzergrenadier Divisions were Motorized. *



SS Panzergrenadier Regiment (Motorized):

> Armored Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery            Misc.        

                                                                              

                                                                              

                                                                              



· There were 2 armored infantry battalions attached to a SS PG Division.

SS Grenadier Regiment (Motorized):

> Motorized Infantry Regiment 1944


 Armored Infantry   Motorized Infantry      Artillery              Misc.           

                       3 Battalion      1 Self Propelled   1 Self Propelled Tank   
                                            Artillery        Destroyer Company     
                                             Company                               

                                          1 Panzer FLAK    1 Motorized HQ Company  
                                             Company                               

                                                                                   



Regimental Companies:


     Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1    Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4  

    HQ Company       (2)  KKs    RECON (1)    COMMO (1)                            
                       (3)          sctn         sctn                              
                     Maultier                                                      

   FLAK Company      (2)  KKs   (4) 20mm AA  (4) 20mm AA  (4) 20mm AA              
                                  (4) trck     (4) trck     (4) trck               

  Self Propelled     (3)  KKs    (2) 150mm    (2) 150mm    (2) 150mm       (3)     
   Gun Company                       SP           SP           SP       Maultier   

  Self Propelled    (2) JgPzs    (4) JgPzs    (4) JgPzs    (4) JgPzs               
Anti-Tank Company                                                                  



· Approximately ½ of SS PG regiments had the FLAK company.

Panzergrenadier Battalion 1943 - 1945

· Fundamentally the infantry battalion did not change from year to year. The regimental attachments (companies) changed, but the battalion structure did not. Additionally, there additions and subtractions of the number of battalions per regiment and division.

· The battalions (Infantry or Engineers) or Abteilung (all other units) were designated in two manners: with Roman Numerals such I Battalion, II Battalion, etc. if they were part of a regiment; or they were numbered with Arabic Numerals such as 102nd Battalion, 355th Abteilung, etc. if they were independent (usually implies attachment to a Corp. or Army, etc.).

· The companies, unlike there American and British counterparts (who used letters), were designated with Arabic Numerals such as 1st Company, 2nd Company, etc..


Panzergrenadier Battalion 1943


Battalion  Company   HQ Unit   Platoon 1    Platoon 2   Platoon 3     Platoon 4      Platoon 5     
                                                                                                   

          HQ         1 sctn     signal 1                                                           
                     (1) HT       sctn                                                             
                                 (2) HT                                                            

          1 Rifle               4 sctns      4 sctns     4 sctns     Hvy (3) HMG    (4)  AT Tms    
                                 (4) HT      (4) HT       (4) HT    (2) 81mm Mtr   dispersed with  
                                                                      (2)  SPW     other platoons  
                                                                       251/10                      
                                                                       (2) HT                      

          2 Rifle               4 sctns      4 sctns     4 sctns     Hvy (3) HMG    (4)  AT Tms    
                                 (4) HT      (4) HT       (4) HT    (2) 81mm Mtr   dispersed with  
                                                                      (2)  SPW     other platoons  
                                                                       251/10                      
                                                                       (2) HT                      

          3 Rifle               4 sctns      4 sctns     4 sctns     Hvy (3) HMG    (4)  AT Tms    
                                 (4) HT      (4) HT       (4) HT    (2) 81mm Mtr   dispersed with  
                                                                      (2)  SPW     other platoons  
                                                                       251/10                      
                                                                       (2) HT                      

          4 -        1 sctn   IG (2) 75mm    IG (2)     SP IG (6)    AT (3) 75mm  SAPPER (3) Eng.  
          Weapons    (2) KKs      Art       75mm Art    SPW 251/9       Gun            Sctns       
                                (2) HTs      (2) HTs                  (2) trck      (3) HT, (1)    
                                                                                       trck        



· KK is Kubelwagen,

· Trck is a 21/2 ton truck, towed indicates a truck is integral to the unit (it is towing the gun).

· HT refers to Half-tracks. These corresponded to SPW 250s and SPW 251s. All other s will be specifically designated.

· SPW 251/9 is a variant of the SPW 215/10. I believe (could be mistaken) it is 57mm Art piece on a SPW 251 chassis. E-Mail clarifications, they would be appreciated.

· IG means Infantry Gun.

· The second IG platoon in the Weapons Company was supposed to be 120mm Heavy Mtrs, but typically it remained IGs.

· A second Sapper (Engineering) platoon in the Weapons Company was in ½ of the battalions.

Infantry and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Inf.   Eng.     HMG    81mm    120mm   AT Tms   AT 75mm   Art 75mm    HTs      Trucks   
          Sctns   Sctns            Mtr     Mtr              Guns      Tubes                        

Platoon     4       3                                                             4                

Company     12              3       2                4                            14               

Battalion   38      3       9       6               12        3         10        52        3      
                                                                                                   



Panzergrenadier Battalion 1944


Battalion  Company    HQ Unit     Platoon 1    Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4    Platoon 5   
                                                                                                 

          HQ           1 sctn    signal (1)                                                      
                      (1) trk       sctn                                                         
                                   (2) trk                                                       

          1 SMG                    4 sctns      4 sctns      4 sctns    Hvy (2)HMG  (4)  AT Tms  
                                   (4) HT        (4) HT      (4) HT      (2) 81mm                
                                                                           Mtr       dispersed   
                                                                          (2) HT     with other  
                                                                                      platoons   

          2 SMG                    4 sctns      4 sctns      4 sctns    Hvy (2)HMG  (4)  AT Tms  
                                   (4) HT        (4) HT      (4) HT      (2) 81mm                
                                                                           Mtr       dispersed   
                                                                          (2) HT     with other  
                                                                                      platoons   

          3 Rifle                  4 sctns      4 sctns      4 sctns    Hvy (2)HMG  (4)  AT Tms  
                                   (4) HT        (4) HT      (4) HT      (2) 81mm                
                                                                           Mtr       dispersed   
                                                                          (2) HT     with other  
                                                                                      platoons   

          4 -          1 sctn      MTR (2)    AT (3) 75mm                                        
          Weapons     (1) trck    120mm Mtr       Gun                                            
                                  (2) Trcks     (2) trck                                         



Infantry and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Inf.   Eng.     HMG    81mm    120mm   AT Tms   AT 75mm   Art 75mm    HTs      Trucks   
          Sctns   Sctns            Mtr     Mtr              Guns      Tubes                        

Platoon     4                                                                     4                

Company     12              2       2                4                            14               

Battalion   39              6       6       2       12        3                   42        8      
                                                                                                   



Grenadier Battalion 1943


Battalion  Company   HQ Unit     Platoon 1     Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4     Platoon 5    
                                                                                                   

          HQ         1 sctn    signal 1 sctn                                                       
                    (1) trck     (2) trck                                                          

          1 Rifle                 4 sctns       4 sctns      4 sctns   Hvy (2) HMG   (4)  AT Tms   
                                 (4) trck       (4) trck    (4) trck     (2) 81mm     dispersed    
                                                                           Mtr        with other   
                                                                         (2) trck      platoons    

          2 Rifle                 4 sctns       4 sctns      4 sctns   Hvy (2) HMG   (4)  AT Tms   
                                 (4) trck       (4) trck    (4) trck     (2) 81mm     dispersed    
                                                                           Mtr        with other   
                                                                         (2) trck      platoons    

          3 Rifle                 4 sctns       4 sctns      4 sctns   Hvy (2) HMG   (4)  AT Tms   
                                 (4) trck       (4) trck    (4) trck     (2) 81mm     dispersed    
                                                                           Mtr        with other   
                                                                         (2) trck      platoons    

          4 -        1 sctn    MTR (2) 120mm  AT (3) 75mm      (2)                                 
          Weapons    (2) KKs        Mtr           Gun       Maultier                               
                                 (2) Trcks      (3) trck                                           



· KK is Kubelwagen,

Infantry and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Inf.   Eng.     HMG    81mm    120mm   AT Tms   AT 75mm   Art 75mm    HTs      Trucks   
          Sctns   Sctns            Mtr     Mtr              Guns      Tubes                        

Platoon     4                                                                               4      

Company     12              2       2                4                                      14     

Battalion   38              6       6       2       12                  3                   50     
                                                                                                   



Grenadier Battalion 1944


Battalion  Company   HQ Unit     Platoon 1     Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4     Platoon 5    
                                                                                                   

          HQ         1 sctn    signal 1 sctn                                                       
                    (1) trck     (2) trck                                                          

          1 Rifle                 4 sctns       4 sctns      4 sctns   Hvy (1) HMG   (4)  AT Tms   
                                 (4) trck       (4) trck    (4) trck     (2) 81mm     dispersed    
                                                                           Mtr        with other   
                                                                         (2) trck      platoons    

          2 SMG                   4 sctns       4 sctns      4 sctns   Hvy (1) HMG   (4)  AT Tms   
                                 (4) trck       (4) trck    (4) trck     (2) 81mm     dispersed    
                                                                           Mtr        with other   
                                                                         (2) trck      platoons    

          3 SMG                   4 sctns       4 sctns      4 sctns   Hvy (1) HMG   (4)  AT Tms   
                                 (4) trck       (4) trck    (4) trck     (2) 81mm     dispersed    
                                                                           Mtr        with other   
                                                                         (2) trck      platoons    

          4 -        1 sctn    MTR (2) 120mm  AT (3) 75mm                                          
          Weapons    (2) KKs        Mtr           Gun                                              
                                 (2) Trcks      (3) trck                                           



· KK is Kubelwagen,

Infantry and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Inf.   Eng.     HMG    81mm    120mm   AT Tms   AT 75mm   Art 75mm    HTs      Trucks   
          Sctns   Sctns            Mtr     Mtr              Guns      Tubes                        

Platoon     4                                                                               4      

Company     12              1       2                4                                      14     

Battalion   38              3       6       2       12                  3                   50     
                                                                                                   



Volksgrenadier Regiment


Battalion   Company      HQ Unit    Platoon 1    Platoon 2     Platoon 3    Platoon 4   Attached  
                                                                                                  

          HQ comp        (2) KK     Commo (2)    Recon (6)                                        
                                       trk           KK                                           

          Gun comp                   Lt. (2)      Lt. (2)       Med (2)      Hvy (2)              
                                     75mm Art     75mm Art     105mm Art    150mm Art             

          AT comp        1 sctn      (2) 57mm     (2) 75mm                                        
          (towed)                      Gun          Gun                                           

I         HQ           1 sctn (1)    Commo 1                                                      
Infantry                   trk      sctn, (2)                                                     
                                       trk                                                        

          1 SMG                      4 sctns      4 sctns       4 sctns      Hvy (2)     AT Tms   
                                                                             HMG, (2)      (4)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

          2 SMG                      4 sctns      4 sctns       4 sctns      Hvy (2)     AT Tms   
                                                                             HMG, (2)      (4)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

          3 Rifle                    4 sctns      4 sctns       4 sctns      Hvy (2)     AT Tms   
                                                                             HMG, (2)      (4)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

          4 - Weapons    1 sctn      MTR (2)    AT (3) 75mm                                       
                                     81mm Mtr   Gun (towed)                                       
                                     (towed)                                                      

II        HQ           1 sctn (1)    Commo 1                                                      
Infantry                   trk      sctn, (2)                                                     
                                       trk                                                        

          1 SMG                      4 sctns      4 sctns       4 sctns      Hvy (2)     AT Tms   
                                                                             HMG, (2)      (4)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

          2 SMG                      4 sctns      4 sctns       4 sctns      Hvy (2)     AT Tms   
                                                                             HMG, (2)      (4)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

          3 Rifle                    4 sctns      4 sctns       4 sctns      Hvy (2)     AT Tms   
                                                                             HMG, (2)      (4)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

          4 - Weapons    1 sctn      MTR (2)    AT (3) 75mm                                       
                                     81mm Mtr   Gun (towed)                                       
                                     (towed)                                                      



Infantry and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Sctns    HMG    81mm Mtr   AT Tms    AT Guns      Art    
                                                            Tubes   

Platoon      4       0         0         0         0          0     

Company     12       2         2         4         0          0     

Battalion   39       6         8        12         3          0     
                                                                    

Regiment    79       12       16        24         10         8     



SP Design Notes VG Regiment:

See PG Regiment.

VG Divisional Structure was:


Division 1st VG Regiment            
                                    

         2nd VG Regiment            

         3rd VG Regiment            

         1 VG FA Regiment           

         1 Infantry Recon           
         Battalion                  

         1 VG AT Battalion          

         1 VG Engineering           
         Battalion                  



· This structure is consistent with VG Divisions from 1944 to 1945.

Fallschirmjager Regiment


 Battalion      Company      HQ Unit    Platoon 1  Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4  Attached  

             HQ comp         (2) KK                                                               

             AT comp                    (3) 57mm    (3) 57mm  (3) 75mm Gun                        
             (towed)                       Gun        Gun                                         

             MTR comp                   (2) 81mm   (2) 120mm                                      
             (towed)                       mtr        mtr                                         

I Parachute  HQ            1 sctn (1)    Commo 1                                                  
                               trk      sctn, (2)                                                 
                                           trk                                                    

             1 SMG                       4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             2 SMG                       4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             3 Rifle                     4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             4 - Weapons     1 sctn      MTR (2)    Hvy (2)    AT Tms (3)                         
                                        81mm Mtr      HMG                                         
                                         (towed)                                                  

II           HQ            1 sctn (1)    Commo 1                                                  
Parachute                      trk      sctn, (2)                                                 
                                           trk                                                    

             1 SMG                       4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             2 SMG                       4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             3 Rifle                     4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             4 - Weapons     1 sctn      MTR (2)    Hvy (2)    AT Tms (3)                         
                                        81mm Mtr      HMG                                         
                                         (towed)                                                  

III          HQ            1 sctn (1)    Commo 1                                                  
Parachute                      trk      sctn, (2)                                                 
                                           trk                                                    

             1 SMG                       4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             2 SMG                       4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             3 Rifle                     4 sctns    4 sctns      4 sctns      Hvy (2)    AT Tms   
                                                                             MMG, (1)      (3)    
                                                                             81mm mtr             

             4 - Weapons     1 sctn      MTR (2)    Hvy (2)    AT Tms (3)                         
                                        81mm Mtr      HMG                                         
                                         (towed)                                                  



Infantry and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Sctns    MMG      HMG    81mm Mtr    120mm     AT Tms    AT Guns  
                                                 Mtr                         

Platoon      4       0        0         0         0         0          0     

Company     12       2        0         1         0         3          0     

Battalion   38       6        2         5         0         12         0     
                                                                             

Regiment    115      18       6        17         2         36         9     



FJ Divisional Structure was:


Division 1st FJ Regiment              
                                      

         2nd FJ Regiment              

         3rd FJ Regiment              

         1 FJ FA Regiment             

         1 Infantry Recon Battalion   

         1 FJ Mtr Battalion           

         1 FJ AA Battalion            

         1 FJ AT Battalion            

         1 FJ Mobile Engineering      
         Battalion                    



FLAK Units

FLAK Battalion - Volksgrenadier (VG)


   Company       HQ Unit   Section 1   Section 2    Section 3  

HQ comp          (2) KK      SIGNAL                            

Battery 1        2 sctns    Lt. (4)     Hvy (4)                
                            20mm AA     80mm AA                

Battery 2        2 sctns    Lt. (4)     Hvy (4)                
                            20mm AA     80mm AA                

Battery 3        2 sctns    Lt. (4)     Hvy (4)                
                            20mm AA     80mm AA                

Battery 4        2 sctns      (6)                              
(Light)                    Wirbelwind                          



· All AA guns had trucks to transport them.

· During 1944 the Wirbelwind was replacing the Ostwind. Thus Ostwinds could be found in FLAK battalions.

· The organization above is 1944.

· 1943 organization had a 3rd section attached to each battery. It was another light section.

· The 1942 and into 1943 organization had the 4th battery as Half-tracks with 20AA guns mounted on them instead of Wirbelwinds or Ostwinds. Thus the 4th battery had 4 sections of 3 HTs .

FLAK Battalion - Panzergrenadier (PG)


    Company       HQ Unit   Section 1   Section 2   Section 3  

HQ comp           (2) KK      SIGNAL                           

Battery 1         2 sctns    Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 2         2 sctns    Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   



FLAK Battalion - Fallschirmjager (FJ)


    Company      HQ Unit    Section 1   Section 2   Section 3  

HQ comp           (2) KK     SIGNAL                            

Battery 1        2 sctns     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 2        2 sctns     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 3        2 sctns    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm   
(Light)                        AA          AA          AA      

Battery 4        2 sctns    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm   
(Light)                        AA          AA          AA      



FLAK Battalion - Panzer


    Company      HQ Unit    Section 1   Section 2   Section 3  

HQ comp           (2) KK     SIGNAL                            

Battery 1        2 sctns     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 2        2 sctns     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 3        2 sctns    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm   
(Light)                        AA          AA          AA      



FLAK Battalion - Fallschirmjager (FJ)


    Company      HQ Unit    Section 1   Section 2   Section 3  

HQ comp           (2) KK     SIGNAL                            

Battery 1        2 sctns     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 2        2 sctns     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 3        2 sctns     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)     Hvy (2)   
(Heavy)                      88mm AA     88mm AA     88mm AA   

Battery 4        2 sctns    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm    (4) 20mm   
(Light)                        AA          AA          AA      



VG FLAK Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Sctns  20mm AA  88mm AA    Quad      Total   
                                      20mm              

Section      0       4        4         6               

Battery      2       4        4         6               

Battalion    8       12       12        6        30     
                                                        



PG FLAK Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Sctns  88mm AA    Total   

Section      0       2               

Battery      2       6               

Battalion    4       12       12     
                                     



FJ FLAK Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Sctns  20mm AA  88mm AA    Total   

Section      0       4        2               

Battery      2       12       6               

Battalion    8       24       12       36     
                                              



Panzer FLAK Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Sctns  20mm AA  88mm AA    Total   

Section      0       4        2               

Battery      2       12       6               

Battalion    6       12       12       24     
                                              



SS Panzer FLAK Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     Sctns  20mm AA  88mm AA    Total   

Section      0       4        2               

Battery      2       12       6               

Battalion    8       12       18       30     
                                              



Sturmgeschutz Units

Sturmgeschutz Battalion (Assault Gun)


    Company      HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2   Platoon 3  

HQ comp           (2) KK                                       

1st Assault      (2) Stg     (5) Stg     (5) Stg               
comp               H42         H42         H42                 

2nd Assault      (2) Stg     (5) Stg     (5) Stg               
comp               III         III         III                 

3rd Assault      (2) Stg     (5) Stg     (5) Stg               
comp               III         III         III                 



· The Stg IIIs could be Stg H42s, Brumbar, Sig33.

· Some assault gun units used Pz IIIs instead of assault guns. This was more frequent on the Eastern Front.

· This configuration was typical of battalions attached to infantry divisions.

Vehicle Unit Strength Chart


  Unit    Assault  
            Guns   

Platoon      5     

Company      12    

Battalion    40    
                   



Sturmgeschutz Brigade (Assault Gun)


    Company      HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2   Platoon 3  

HQ comp           (2) KK     (2) Stg                           
                               III                             

1st Assault      (2) Stg     (4) Stg     (4) Stg     (4) Stg   
comp               H42         III         III         III     

2nd Assault      (2) Stg     (4) Stg     (4) Stg     (4) Stg   
comp               III         III         III         III     

3rd Assault      (2) Stg     (4) Stg     (4) Stg     (4) Stg   
comp               III         III         III         III     



· This configuration was typical of independent brigades.

· Most Assault Gun Brigades had 42 vehicles while in the AO.

Vehicle Unit Strength Chart


  Unit    Assault  
            Guns   

Platoon      4     

Company      14    

Battalion    44    
                   



Panzerjager Units 1944 (Anti-Tank)

Self Propelled: Panzerjager Abteilung (Tank Destroyer Battalion)

<Attached to Panzer or Panzergrenadier Divisions - Self Propelled Anti-Tank>


    Company       HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2  Platoon 3  

HQ comp            (2) KK                                      

1st TD (towed)    (2) HTs    (4) 75mm    (4) 75mm    (4) 75mm  
comp                          AT Guns     AT Guns    AT Guns   

2nd TD comp        (2) JP   (4) JP IVs  (4) JP IVs    (4) JP   
                    IVs                                IVs     

3rd TD comp        (2) JP   (4) JP IVs  (4) JP IVs    (4) JP   
                    IVs                                IVs     



· The AT guns are all towed by trucks.

· Tank Destroyers could be Hetzer, Marder II or III.

· This configuration was typical of battalions attached to armored divisions.

· Many of these units were understrength as reinforcement went to independent brigades.

· The 1st SS PJ Battalion only had 2 platoons per company with 4 tanks per platoon.

Vehicle and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit      PJs    AT Guns   Total  
                             Guns   

Platoon      4        4             

Company      14       14            

Battalion    30       14      44    
                                    



Towed: Panzerjager Abteilung (Anti-Tank Battalion)

<Attached to Infantry Divisions - Towed Anti-Tank>


     Company       HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2  Platoon 3  

HQ comp             (2) KK                                     

1st SP AT comp      (2) JP     (4) JP   (4) JP IVs    (4) JP   
                     IVs        IVs                    IVs     

2nd AT (towed)                (3) 75mm   (3) 75mm    (3) 75mm  
comp                          AT Guns     AT Guns    AT Guns   

3rd AA (towed)                (3) 37mm   (3) 37mm    (3) 37mm  
comp                          AT Guns     AT Guns    AT Guns   



· The AT guns are all towed by trucks.

· Tank Destroyers could be Hetzer, Marder II or III.

· This configuration was typical of battalions attached to Infantry divisions.

Vehicle and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit      JPs    AT Guns   Total  
                             Guns   

Platoon      4        3             

Company      14       9             

Battalion    14       18      32    
                                    



Panzerjager Units 1943 (Anti-Tank)

Panzerjager Abteilung (Tank Destroyer Battalion)

<Attached to Panzer Divisions -Self Propelled Anti-Tank>


    Company       HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2  Platoon 3  

HQ comp            (2) KK     Signal      AA (3)       (3)     
                                        Sdkfz 10/4  Marder II  

1st AT comp         (2)     (4) Marder  (4) Marder     (4)     
                 Marder II      II          II      Marder II  

2nd AT comp         (2)     (4) Marder  (4) Marder     (4)     
                 Marder II      II          II      Marder II  

3rd AT comp         (2)     (4) Marder  (4) Marder     (4)     
                 Marder II      II          II      Marder II  



· Tank Destroyers could be PzJagd 38, Marder I or II.

· This configuration was attached to armored divisions.

Vehicle Unit Strength Chart


  Unit      JPs    

Platoon      4     

Company      14    

Battalion    45    
                   



Panzerjager Abteilung (Tank Destroyer Battalion)

<Attached to Panzergrenadier Divisions - Self Propelled Anti-Tank>


     Company       HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2  Platoon 3  Platoon 4  

HQ comp             (2) KK     Signal   (3) Marder                        
                                            II                            

1st SP TD comp       (2)        (4)     (4) Marder     (4)                
                  Marder II  Marder II      II      Marder II             

2nd AT (towed)                 (2) AT     (2) AT      (2) AT              
comp                          75mm Gun   75mm Gun    75mm Gun             

3rd AA comp                  (3) Sdkfz   (3) Sdkfz  (3) Sdkfz  (3) Sdkfz  
                                10/4       10/4        10/4       10/4    



· Tank Destroyers could be PzJagd 38, Marder I or II.

· This configuration was attached to armored divisions.

Vehicle and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit      PJs    AT Guns  AA HTs   Total   
                                      Guns   

Platoon      4        2        3             

Company      14       6       12             

Battalion    14       6       12       32    
                                             



Schwere Panzerjager Units 1944 (Anti-Tank)

Self Propelled: Schwere Panzerjager Brigade (Heavy Tank Destroyer Battalion)

<Attached to Panzer or Panzergrenadier Divisions - Self Propelled Anti-Tank>


    Company       HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2  Platoon 3  

HQ comp           (2) HTs     (2) JpP                          
                               IV/70                           

1st HTD comp     (2) Jag V   (4) Jag V   (4) Jag V   reserve   

2nd TD comp       (2) JpP     (4) JpP     (4) JpP    reserve   
                   IV/70       IV/70       IV/70               

3rd TD comp       (2) JpP     (4) JpP     (4) JpP    reserve   
                   IV/70       IV/70       IV/70               



· Tank Destroyers could be Hetzer, Jagdpanthers, Jagdtiger, JPz IV/70, or Stg IV.

· These units were always independent brigades attached to groups.

· Reserve is a vehicleless unit. It served as a personnel pool.

· The SP-HTD (Self Propelled-Heavy Tank Destroyer) forces in AO were 519th HTD with Panzer Lehr, 559th HTD with the 12th SS Panzer Division, and two other Towed HTD battalions.

· The original configuration should have 5 vehicles per platoon, but as the end of 1944 approached reinforcements were unavailable.

Vehicle Unit Strength Chart


  Unit     JpP/70   Jag V    Total  
                             Guns   

Platoon      4        4             

Company      10       10            

Battalion    10       22      32    
                                    



Towed: Schwere Panzerjager Brigade (Heavy Tank Destroyer Battalion)

<Attached to Infantry Divisions - Towed Anti-Tank>


     Company       HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2  Platoon 3  

HQ comp            (2) HTs                                     

1st SP AT comp     (2) Stg    (4) Stg     (4) Stg    reserve   
                     IIIs       IIIs       IIIs                

2nd AT (towed)     (2) 88mm   (4) 88mm   (4) 88mm    reserve   
comp               AT Guns    AT Guns     AT Guns              

3rd AA (towed)     (2) 88mm   (4) 88mm   (4) 88mm    reserve   
comp               AT Guns    AT Guns     AT Guns              



· The AT guns are all towed by trucks.

· Tank Destroyers could be Hetzer Marder III.

· This configuration was attached to Infantry divisions.

Vehicle and Gun Unit Strength Chart


  Unit      JPs    AT Guns   Total  
                             Guns   

Platoon      4        4             

Company      10       10            

Battalion    10       20      32    
                                    



Panzer Units 1944 (Armored)


             Organization                    Time frame        

Panzer Regiment Late 1944                  Nov 1944 - 1945     

Panzer Regiment Mid 1944                July 1944 - Nov 1944   

Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Western    Jan 1944 - July 1944   
Front                                                          

Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Eastern    Jan 1944 - July 1944   
Front                                                          

Panzer Regiment Late 1943                 Oct 1943 to 1944     

Panzer Regiment 1942 to Early 1943        1942 to Oct 1943     

Panzer Regiment 1944 - 1945 -                   1944           
Organizational                                                 



· The time frames are relative.

Panzer Regiment 1944 - 1945 - Organizational


Battalion       Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4   
                                                                                             

I Panzer  HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
                                              sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs    reserve    

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs    reserve    

          4th Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs    reserve    

II        HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
Panzer                                        sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          4th Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    



· This is the "on paper" organization.

· The organization of Panzer regiments should have conformed to this, but the lack of resources "created" different field variants.

· There are a number of variants, please see additional charts.

· Ideally as of early 1944, all Panzer battalions should be Panthers Pz Vs. However this never occurred.

Panzer Divisional Structure was:


Divisi        Panzer 1944 +            Panzer 1943 - 1944          SS Panzer 1944 +     
on                                                                                      

           1 Panzer Regiment         1 Panzer Regiment          1 Panzer Regiment       

          1 Panzeraufklarungs     1 Mobile Infantry (VG)       1 Panzeraufklarungs      
               Battalion                 Regiment                   Battalion           

        1 Mobile Infantry (VG)         1 PG Regiment        1 Sturmgeschutz Battalion   
               Regiment                                                                 

             1 PG Regiment       1 Panzer Field Artillery    1 SS Grenadier Regiment    
                                         Regiment                                       

          1 Panzerjager (SP)      1 Panzer FLAK Battalion        1 SS PG Regiment       
               Battalion                                                                

       1 Panzer Field Artillery   1 Engineering Battalion       1 Panzerjager (SP)      
               Regiment                                             Battalion           

        1 Panzer FLAK Battalion     1 Panzeraufklarungs    1 SS Panzer Field Artillery  
                                         Battalion                   Regiment           

        1 Engineering Battalion       1 Sturmgeschutz       1 SS Panzer FLAK Battalion  
                                         Battalion                                      

                                  1 Panzer FA SP Company     1 Engineering Battalion    



Panzer Units 1944 (Armored)

Panzer Regiment Late 1944


Battalion       Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4   
                                                                                             

I Panzer  HQ comp                (2) KK     Signal (2)                                       
                                              sctns                                          

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs    reserve    

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          4th Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

II        HQ comp                (2) KK                                                      
Panzer                                                                                       

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs               

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs               



· The II Panzer battalion was being refitted. Therefore it was not operational.

· This set up is typical of from Nov 1944 to the end of the war. Often the I battalion was called a mixed panzer battalion.

· SS panzer battalions had 5 tanks per platoon. Similarly they operated with a single battalion.

Panzer Regiment Mid 1944


Battalion       Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4   
                                                                                             

I Panzer  HQ comp                (2) KK      AA (3)     Signal (2)                           
                                            Sdfz 10/4     sctns                              

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs               

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs               

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs   (4) Pz Vs    (4) Pz Vs               

          4th Pz comp                        reserve     reserve      reserve                

II        HQ comp                (2) KK      AA (3)     Signal (2)                           
Panzer                                      Sdfz 10/4     sctns                              

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs               

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs               

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs               

          4th Pz comp                        reserve     reserve      reserve                



· This is the typical organization before the heavy fighting in the Summer and Fall of 1944. Essentially this is a good transition from Early 1944 to Late 1944. At any one time, many Panzer Regiments were in flux between Late1944 and Mid 1944 - Field organizations.

· SS panzer battalions had 5 tanks per platoon. They also "lost" the 4th panzer company per battalion.

Panzer Units 1944 (Armored)

Panzer Regiment Early 1944 Western Front


Battalion       Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4   
                                                                                             

I Panzer  HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
                                              sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          4th Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

II        HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
Panzer                                        sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          4th Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    



· The Pz IVs were being replaced by Pz Vs. Consequently, a number of Panzer Regiment had Pz Vs as one of the battalions.

· SS panzer battalions had 5 tanks per platoon. In other words, they maintained the original 1943 platoon organization. However the only had 3 platoons versus the 1943 concept of 4 platoons per company.

· SS panzer Regiment had 1 battalion of Pz IVs and the other Pz Vs.

Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Eastern Front


Battalion       Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4   
                                                                                             

I Panzer  HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)                 
                                              sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4               

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          3rd Hvy Pz comp     (2) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz    (4) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz      reserve    
                                              VIEs                     VIEs                  

          4th Hvy Pz comp     (2) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz    (4) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz      reserve    
                                              VIEs                     VIEs                  

II        HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)                 
Panzer                                        sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4               

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs   (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp         (2) Pz IIIs    (4) Pz    (4) Pz IIIs    (4) Pz      reserve    
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  

          4th Pz comp         (2) Pz IIIs    (4) Pz    (4) Pz IIIs    (4) Pz      reserve    
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  



· The Pz IVs were being replaced by Pz Vs. Consequently, the second battalions were transferred west to be refitted. Note, their equipment typically stayed and formed Light Panzer Battalions of mixed Pz IVs and Pz IIIs and only the personnel went west. This meant the personnel were not as experienced as the I Panzer battalion.

· A consequence of reduced Panzer strength within a battalion resulted in Heavy companies being directly incorporate into the panzer battalions. Entirely dependent upon the unit, there could be 1 or 2 Heavy companies. This was unusual because heavy units were historically formed into separate battalions (brigades) and attached to corps or armies.

Panzer Units 1943 (Armored)

Panzer Regiment Late 1943


Battalion       Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4   
                                                                                             

I Panzer  HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
                                              sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Light Pz comp   (2) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz      reserve    
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs    reserve    

          4th Hvy Pz comp     (2) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz    (4) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz      reserve    
                                              VIEs                     VIEs                  

II        HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
Panzer                                        sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Light Pz comp   (2) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz      reserve    
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs    reserve    

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs    reserve    

          4th Hvy Pz comp     (2) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz    (4) Pz VIEs    (4) Pz      reserve    
                                              VIEs                     VIEs                  



· The battalions frequently had mixes of Pz IIIs and Pz IVs. The Pz IIIs were "supposed" to have been replaced, but losses of Pz IVs forced many panzer units to continue using Pz IIIs. They were employed as a Light or Recon tank company.

· The battalions were operationally used in kampfgruppe. The emergence of superior Soviet tanks, forced the battalions to integrate a Heavy tank company directly into the battalion instead of operating as a support or special unit.

· By the end of 1943 many of the battalions did not have enough vehicles to field a 4th platoon per company. This became an operational reserve.

Panzer Regiment 1942 to Late 1943


Battalion       Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3   Platoon 4   
                                                                                             

I Panzer  HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
                                              sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  

          2nd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  

          3rd Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  

          4th Pz comp          (2) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  (5) Pz IVs   (5) Pz IVs  

II        HQ comp                (2) KK      Eng (4)    Signal (2)    AA (3)    AA (3) Sdfz  
Panzer                                        sctns       sctns      Sdfz 10/4      10/4     

          1st Pz comp         (2) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs  
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  

          2nd Pz comp         (2) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs  
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  

          3rd Pz comp         (2) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs  
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  

          4th Pz comp         (2) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs    (5) Pz    (5) Pz IIIs  
                                              IIIs                     IIIs                  



· The Tigers or Pz VIEs were organized in separate battalions.

Panzer Unit Strengths

Panzer Regiment 1944 - 1945 - Organizational


  Unit     Pz IV     Pz V    Sdfz    Total   
                             10/4     Guns   

Platoon      4        4        0             

Company      14       14       0             

Battalion    56       56       6       56    
                                             

Regiment     56       56      12      112    



SS Panzer Regiment 1944 - 1945 - Organizational


  Unit     Pz IV     Pz V    Sdfz    Total   
                             10/4     Guns   

Platoon      5        5        0             

Company      17       17       0             

Battalion    68       68       6       68    
                                             

Regiment     68       68      12      136    



Panzer Regiment Late 1944


  Unit     Pz IV     Pz V    Total  
                             Guns   

Platoon      4        4             

Company      14       14            

Battalion    42       42      42    
                                    

Regiment     42       42      42    



SS Panzer Regiment Late 1944


  Unit     Pz IV     Pz V    Total  
                             Guns   

Platoon      5        5             

Company      17       17            

Battalion    68       68      68    
                                    

Regiment     68       68      68    



Panzer Unit Strengths

Panzer Regiment Mid 1944


  Unit     Pz IV     Pz V    Sdfz    Total   
                             10/4     Guns   

Platoon      4        4        0             

Company      14       14       0             

Battalion    42       42       3       42    
                                             

Regiment     42       42       6       84    



SS Panzer Regiment Mid 1944


  Unit     Pz IV     Pz V    Sdfz    Total   
                             10/4     Guns   

Platoon      5        5        0             

Company      17       17       0             

Battalion    51       51       3       51    
                                             

Regiment     51       51       6      102    



Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Western Front


  Unit     Pz IV     Sdfz    Total  
                     10/4    Guns   

Platoon      4        0             

Company      14       0             

Battalion    56       6       56    
                                    

Regiment    102       12      102   



SS Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Western Front


  Unit      Pz V    Pz IV    Sdfz    Total   
                             10/4     Guns   

Platoon      5        5        0             

Company      17       17       0             

Battalion    68       68       6       68    
                                             

Regiment     68       68      12      136    



Panzer Unit Strengths

Panzer Regiment Early 1944 - Eastern Front


     Unit       Pz IV    Pz III  Pz VIEs    Sdfz    Total   
                                            10/4     Guns   

Platoon           4        4        4        0              

Company           14       14       14       0              

Battalion         28                28       3        56    

Battalion         28       28                3        56    
(Light)                                                     

Regiment          56       28       28       6       102    



Panzer Regiment Late 1943


     Unit       Pz IV    Pz III  Pz VIEs    Sdfz    Total   
                                            10/4     Guns   

Platoon           5        5        4        0              

Company           17       17       14       0              

Battalion         34       17       14       6        65    

Regiment          68       34       28       12      130    



Panzer Regiment 1942 to Late 1943


     Unit       Pz IV    Pz III    Sdfz    Total  
                                   10/4    Guns   

Platoon           5        5        0             

Company           22       22       0             

Battalion         88       88       6       88    

Regiment          88       88       12      176   



Schwere Panzer Units (Heavy Armored)

Schwere Panzer Brigade 1945


 Battalion        Company         HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2   Platoon 3   Platoon 4   

I Hvy        HQ comp              (2) HTs     (2) SMG                                        
Panzer                                         sctns                                         

             1st Hvy Pz comp      (2) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) SMG                
                                   VIEs        VIEs        VIEs        sctns                 

             2nd Hvy Pz comp      (2) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) SMG                
                                   VIEs        VIEs        VIEs        sctns                 

             3rd Hvy Pz comp      (1) SMG     reserve     reserve     reserve                
                                   sctn                                                      

             4th Hvy Pz comp                                                                 



· The infantry sections were truck transported except the HQ sections which had HTs.

Schwere Panzer Brigade Late 1944 - Western Front


 Battalion        Company         HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2   Platoon 3   Platoon 4   

I Hvy        HQ comp              (2) HTs     (2) SMG                                        
Panzer                                         sctns                                         

             1st Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (2) SMG    
                                               VIBs        VIBs        VIBs         sctn     

             2nd Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (2) SMG    
                                               VIBs        VIBs        VIBs         sctn     

             3rd Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (2) SMG    
                                               VIBs        VIBs        VIBs         sctn     

             4th Hvy Pz comp      (1) SMG     reserve     reserve     reserve                
                                   sctn                                                      



· The infantry sections had HTs. Essentially the Armored Infantry acted as recon elements for the Tigers.

· Pz VIBs were King Tigers. They were used exclusively on the Western Front. Note the Russians did fight against them, but it was when they "reached the borders of Germany i.e. the war was not in the "real East" anymore.

· A similar brigade could have Pz VIEs or the normal Tiger tank.

· There were 3 Schwere Panzer Brigades in the AO: the 501st SPB with the 1st SS Panzer Division, the 506th SPB attached directly to the 15th Army and the 301st SPB with the 47th VG division. The 501st and 506th were King Tiger brigades (Pz VIBs) and the 301st was a Tiger brigade (Pz VIE).. As far as I can tell, the only SPB to see action was the 501st SPB with the 1st SS (KG Peiper). The entire brigade was lost (damage and abandoned with Peiper's encirclement and retreat).

· Typical SPB strength in the AO was 25-35 tanks.

· Late 1944 indicates from September / October 1944.

Schwere Panzer Brigade Late 1944 - Eastern Front


 Battalion        Company         HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2   Platoon 3   Platoon 4   

I Hvy        HQ comp              (2) HTs     (2) SMG                                        
Panzer                                         sctns                                         

             1st Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (2) SMG    
                                               VIEs        VIEs        VIEs         sctn     

             2nd Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (2) SMG    
                                               VIEs        VIEs        VIEs         sctn     

             3rd Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (2) SMG    
                                               VIEs        VIEs        VIEs         sctn     

             4th Hvy Pz comp      (1) SMG     reserve     reserve     reserve                
                                   sctn                                                      



· The infantry sections had HTs. Essentially the Armored Infantry acted as recon elements for the Tigers.

· The Pz VIEs were normal Tigers.

Schwere Panzer Units (Heavy Armored)

Schwere Panzer Brigade 1944


 Battalion        Company         HQ Unit    Platoon 1   Platoon 2   Platoon 3   Platoon 4   

I Hvy        HQ comp              (2) HTs   (2) Pz IVs                                       
Panzer                                                                                       

             1st Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      reserve    
                                               VIEs        VIEs        VIEs                  

             2nd Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      reserve    
                                               VIEs        VIEs        VIEs                  

             3rd Hvy Pz comp                  (4) Pz      (4) Pz      (4) Pz      reserve    
                                               VIEs        VIEs        VIEs                  

             4th Recon Pz comp  (2) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs  (4) Pz IVs    (2) SMG     (2) SMG    
                                                                       sctn         sctn     



· The infantry sections had HTs. Essentially the Pz IVs and Armored Infantry acted as recon elements for the Tigers.

Schwere Panzer Brigade 1945


     Unit      Pz VIEs    SMG      HTs     Total  
                         sctns             Guns   

Platoon           4        0        0             

Company           10       4        0             

Battalion         20       11       2       20    



Schwere Panzer Brigade Late 1944 - Western Front


     Unit      Pz VIBs    SMG      HTs     Total  
                         sctns             Guns   

Platoon           4        0        0             

Company           12       2        2             

Battalion         36       9        9       36    



Schwere Panzer Brigade Late 1944 - Eastern Front


     Unit      Pz VIEs    SMG      HTs     Total  
                         sctns             Guns   

Platoon           4        0        0             

Company           12       2        2             

Battalion         36       9        9       36    



Schwere Panzer Brigade 1944


     Unit      Pz VIEs   Pz IVs    SMG     HTs     Total   
                                  sctns             Guns   

Platoon           4        4        0       0              

Company           12       10       0       0              

Battalion         36       12       4       6        48    



Engineering Battalion

Engineering Battalion

> Armored or Motorized


     Company        HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4   

HQ comp             (2) KKs  Signal (1)  2 sctns (2)                            
                              sctn (2)       HTs                                
                                 HTs                                            

Armored comp        1 sctn    (2) 120mm   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1  
                               Mtr (2)      w/ HMG       w/MMG        w/MMG     
                                 HTs                                            

Motorized comp      1 sctn    (2) 120mm   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1  
                               Mtr (2)      w/ HMG       w/MMG        w/MMG     
                                 HTs                                            

Heavy Motorized     1 sctn   Signal (1)    MTR (2)      HMG (2)                 
comp                          sctn (2)    81mm mtr,     HMG, (1)                
                                trcks      (1) sctn      sctn                   

Bridging comp       Various                                                     
                      not                                                       
                   described                                                    



· The armored company was transported in HTs. The motorized companies were transported in trucks. All of the units were mobile (trucks or HTs). Note unlike their American counterparts (who were either motorized or armored (HTs)) German Engineering units had both trucks and HTs.

· These units were attached to divisions. They rarely acted alone or were independent of other units.

· Sappers and Pioneers are engineering style units. However, they did not have the heavier equipment an actual engineering battalion would possess (like bridging equipment). Sappers units allowed other units to organically possess mine clears, demolition's, etc.

· Note as the war dragged on, there were Engineering Battalions designated as Motorized or Armored. The Armored Battalions had the above formation, the Motorized used all trucks.

Engineering Battalion


     Unit       Sctns     MMG      HMG      Mtr   

Platoon           3        0        0        0    

Company           9        2        1        2    

Battalion         27       4        4        6    



Volksgrenadier Engineering Battalion


     Company        HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4   

HQ comp             (2) KKs  Signal (1)  2 sctns (2)                            
                              sctn (2)       HTs                                
                                 HTs                                            

1st Motorized       1 sctn    (2) 120mm   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1  
comp                           Mtr (2)      w/ HMG       w/MMG        w/MMG     
                                 HTs                                            

2nd Motorized       1 sctn    (2) 120mm   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1   3 sctns, 1  
comp                           Mtr (2)      w/ HMG       w/MMG        w/MMG     
                                 HTs                                            

3rd Heavy           1 sctn   Signal (1)    MTR (2)      HMG (2)                 
Motorized comp                sctn (2)    81mm mtr,     HMG, (1)                
                                trcks      (1) sctn      sctn                   



· The motorized companies were transported in trucks or motorcycles. All of the units were mobile.

· These units were attached to VG Divisions.

VG Engineering Battalion


     Unit       Sctns     MMG      HMG      Mtr   

Platoon           3        0        0        0    

Company           9        2        1        2    

Battalion         27       4        4        6    



Aufklarsungs (Reconnaissance) Battalion

Aufklarungs Battalion 1942 - 1943


     Company        HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4   

HQ comp             (2) KKs   Commo (1)     AC (6)                              
                              sctn (2)                                          
                                 HTs                                            

1st AC comp         1 sctn     AC (6)       AC (6)       AC (6)       AC (6)    
                    (1) HT                                                      

2nd AC comp         1 sctn     AC (6)       AC (6)       AC (6)       AC (6)    
                    (1) HT                                                      

Recon comp          1 sctn     MTR (2)    (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,  
                    (1) HT   120mm Mtr,    (3) HTs      (3) HTs      (3) HTs    
                               (2) HTs                                          

Heavy Recon comp    1 sctn     AT (3)      ART (3)     AC (6) w/     ENG (4)    
                    (1) HT     75mm AT     75mm Art       guns      sctns, (4)  
                                Guns         Guns                      HTs      



· AC is armored car.

· Note ACs can be substituted by Lynxes, Pz IIIs, etc.

Grenadier Aufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944

> Infantry Recon


     Company        HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4   

HQ comp             (2) KKs   Commo (1)     AC (6)                              
                              sctn (2)                                          
                                 HTs                                            

1st Recon comp      1 sctn   Pz III (4)   Pz III (4)   Pz III (4)   Pz III (4)  
                    (1) HT                                                      

2nd Recon comp      1 sctn   Pz III (4)   Pz III (4)   Pz III (4)   Pz III (4)  
                    (1) HT                                                      

3rd Recon comp      1 sctn     MTR (2)    (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,  
                    (1) HT   120mm Mtr,    (3) HTs      (3) HTs      (3) HTs    
                               (2) HTs                                          

Heavy Recon comp    1 sctn     AT (3)      ART (3)     AC (6) w/     ENG (4)    
                    (1) HT     75mm AT     75mm Art       guns      sctns, (4)  
                                Guns         Guns                      HTs      



· This is a generic unit. The vehicle production in Germany was focused on heavier units not ACs. Consequently, ACs became scarce. However, there were abundant Pz IIIs from the Panzer unit upgrades to Pz IVs. These began to replace the ACs as the standard heavy recon unit.

Panzergrenadier Aufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944

> Armored Infantry Recon


     Company        HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4    Platoon 5  

HQ comp             (2) KKs  SIGNAL (1)                                                     
                              sctn (2)                                                      
                                 HTs                                                        

AC comp             (2) KKs      (4)         (4)          (4)        HVY (4)                
                              SdKfz222,   SdKfz222,    SdKfz222,    SdKfz243,               
                                 (2)         (2)          (2)          (2)                  
                              SdKfz231     SdKfz231     SdKfz231     SdKfz231               

1st VW Recon comp     (2)     RADIO (1)   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,    HVY (2)   
                    mtrccls      VW        (3) VWs      (3) VWs      (3) VWs     HMG, (1)   
                                                                                 81mm Mtr,  
                                                                                 (3) trcks  

2nd VW Recon comp     (2)     RADIO (1)   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,    HVY (2)   
                    mtrccls      VW        (3) VWs      (3) VWs      (3) VWs     HMG, (1)   
                                                                                 81mm Mtr,  
                                                                                 (3) trcks  

3rd VW Recon comp     (2)     RADIO (1)   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,    HVY (2)   
                    mtrccls      VW        (3) VWs      (3) VWs      (3) VWs     HMG, (1)   
                                                                                 81mm Mtr,  
                                                                                 (3) trcks  

4th Heavy VW comp   1 sctn     AT (3)      ART (2)      ENG (3)                             
                    (1) HT     75mm AT     75mm Art    sctns, (3)                           
                                Guns         Guns         HTs                               



· This was the recon element for a PG Division. Mtrccls are motorcycles. VW is Volkswagen mini-truck. KK, VW, motorcycles, or even light trucks could be found in these units. Basically anything that was light, small and fast was used to transport troops.Aufklarsungs (Reconnaissance) Battalion

Panzer Aufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944

> Armored Recon


     Company        HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4   

HQ comp             (2) KKs   COMMO (1)     AC (6)                              
                              sctn (2)     SdKfz222                             
                                 HTs                                            

1st AC comp         (2) KKs      (4)         (4)          (4)        HVY (4)    
                              SdKfz222,   SdKfz222,    SdKfz222,    SdKfz243,   
                                 (2)         (2)          (2)          (2)      
                              SdKfz231     SdKfz231     SdKfz231     SdKfz231   

2nd AC comp         (2) KKs      (6)         (6)          (6)          (6)      
                              SdKfz222     SdKfz222     SdKfz222     SdKfz222   

1st Armored Recon   (2) KKs   (3) recon   (3) recon    (3) recon     MTR (2)    
comp                         sctns, (3)   sctns, (3)   sctns, (3)   81mm Mtr,   
                                 HTs         HTs          HTs        (2) HTs    

2nd Armored Recon   (2) KKs   (3) recon   (3) recon    (3) recon     MTR (2)    
comp                         sctns, (3)   sctns, (3)   sctns, (3)   81mm Mtr,   
                                 HTs         HTs          HTs        (2) HTs    

3rd Heavy Armored   (2) HTs    ART (3)     HVY (6)    AT (3) 75mm    ENG (3)    
Recon comp                    75mm Art    SPW251/10     AT Guns     sctns, (3)  
                              Guns, (3)                                HTs      
                              SPW251/10                                         



· This was the recon element for a Panzer Division.

· Mtrccls are motorcycles. VW is Volkswagen mini-truck. KK, VW, motorcycles, or even light trucks could be found in these units. Basically anything that was light, small and fast was used to transport.

· All ATs and ARTs are truck transported.

· In many cases, there was a 2nd Eng. platoon for the Heavy Armored Recon company.

Fusilier (Grenadier) Aufklarungs Battalion 1944 - 1945

>Light Infantry or Recon Infantry


     Company        HQ Unit   Platoon 1   Platoon 2    Platoon 3    Platoon 4   

HQ comp             (2) KKs   Commo (1)                                         
                              sctn (2)                                          
                                trck                                            

1st Recon comp      1 sctn   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,  
                   (1) trck   (3) trcks   (3) trcks    (3) trcks    (3) trcks   

2nd Recon comp      1 sctn   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,  
                   (1) trck   (3) trcks   (3) trcks    (3) trcks    (3) trcks   

3rd Heavy Recon     1 sctn   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,  
comp                (1) HT     (3) HTs     (3) HTs      (3) HTs      (3) HTs    

Wpns comp           1 sctn     MTR (4)     MTR (4)                              
                   (1) trck   81mm Mtr,   120mm Mtr,                            
                              (4) trcks   (4) trcks                             



· These units were used as the mobile elements of VG Divisions. They were light packed and typically had greater speed than normal infantry (beside the mobility). Often they had more ammunition and heavier squad weapons to act as assault troops.

Panzer Aufklarungs Battalion 1944 - 1945

> Armored Recon


    Company       HQ Unit      Platoon 1         Platoon 2       Platoon 3    Platoon 4   

HQ comp           (2) KKs   Commo (1) sctn                                                
                                (2) HT                                                    

AC comp           1 sctn        AC (8)             AC (8)                                 
                  (1) HT                                                                  

1st Armored       1 sctn    (3) sctns, (3)     (3) sctns, (3)    (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,  
Recon comp        (1) HT          HTs               HTs           (3) HTs      (3) HTs    

2nd Armored       1 sctn    (3) sctns, (3)     (3) sctns, (3)    (3) sctns,   (3) sctns,  
Recon comp        (1) HT          HTs               HTs           (3) HTs      (3) HTs    

3rd Wpns comp     1 sctn     MTR (4) 81mm      MTR (4) 120mm                              
                  (1) HT      Mtr, (4) HT       Mtr, (4) HT                               



Aufklarsungs (Reconnaissance) Battalion

Aufklarungs Battalion 1942 - 1943


     Unit       Sctns      AC       AT      ART     Mtr    

Platoon           3        6        0        0       0     

Company           10       24       0        0       0     

Battalion         18       60       3        3       2     



Grenadier Aufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944

> Infantry Recon


     Unit       Sctns      AC     Pz III     AT      ART      Mtr   

Platoon           3        0        4        0        0        0    

Company           10       0        16       0        0        0    

Battalion         18       12       32       3        3        2    



Panzergrenadier Aufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944

> Armored Infantry Recon


     Unit       Sctns      AC       AT      ART    81mm Mtr    HMG    

Platoon           3        6        0        0        0         0     

Company           9        24       0        0        1         2     

Battalion         31       24       2        2        3         6     



Panzer Aufklarungs Battalion 1943 - 1944

> Armored Recon


     Unit       Sctns      AC       AT     SP AT    ART      Mtr       HMG    

Platoon           3        6        0        0       0        0         0     

Company           9        24       0        0       0        2         0     

Battalion         22       54       3        9       3        4         0     



Fusilier (Grenadier) Aufklarungs Battalion 1944 - 1945

>Light Infantry or Recon Infantry


     Unit       Sctns    81mm Mtr    120mm Mtr   HT     Truck   

Platoon           3          0           0        0       0     

Company           12         0           0        0       0     

Battalion         41         4           4       13      37     



Panzer Aufklarungs Battalion 1944 - 1945

> Armored Recon


     Unit       Sctns      AC      81mm Mtr    120mm Mtr    HT     Truck    

Platoon           3         8          0           0         0       0      

Company           13       16          0           0         0       0      

Battalion         29       16          4           4        43       0      



Field Artillery Regiments 1943 - 1944

· There are 3 battalion formation types for 1943 and 6 battalion formation types for 1944+. Consequently, I defined the regimental formation and then delineated the battalion organization.

Panzergrenadierartillerie Regiment : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Motorized Infantry Field Artillery Regiment


         Regiment           

HQ comp                     

1st Light Howitzer          
Battalion                   

2nd Light Howitzer          
Battalion                   

3rd Mixed Howitzer          
Battalion                   



Panzerartillerie Regiment : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Armored Field Artillery Regiment


         Regiment           

HQ comp                     

1st Light Howitzer          
Battalion                   

2nd Mixed Howitzer          
Battalion                   

3rd Self Propelled          
Battalion                   



Field Artillery Regiments 1944+

Panzergrenadierartillerie Regiment : 1944+

> 1944 Motorized Infantry Field Artillery Regiment


            Regiment             

HQ comp                          

1st Light Howitzer Battalion     

2nd Medium Howitzer Battalion    

3rd Self Propelled Battalion     



Panzerartillerie Regiment : 1944+

> 1944 Armored Field Artillery Regiment


            Regiment             

HQ comp                          

1st Light Howitzer Battalion     

2nd Medium Howitzer Battalion    

3rd Self Propelled Battalion     



SS Panzerartillerie Regiment : 1944+

> 1944 SS Armored Field Artillery Regiment


            Regiment             

HQ comp                          

1st Light Howitzer Battalion     

2nd Medium Howitzer Battalion    

3rd Heavy Howitzer Battalion     

4th Self Propelled Battalion     

5th Rocket Battalion             



Fallschirmjagerartillerie Regiment : 1944+

> 1944 Parachute Field Artillery Regiment


            Regiment             

HQ comp                          

1st Light Howitzer Battalion     

2nd Light Howitzer Battalion     

3rd Medium Howitzer Battalion    



Field Artillery Regiments 1944+

Volksgrenadierartillerie Regiment : 1944+

> 1944 Infantry Field Artillery Regiment


            Regiment             

HQ comp                          

1st Light Cannon Battalion       

2nd Light Howitzer Battalion     

2nd Light Howitzer Battalion     

4th Medium Howitzer Battalion    



Field Artillery Battalions 1943 - 1944

Leichte Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Light Field Artillery Battalion (Motorized)


     Company         HQ Unit     Section 1      Section 2        Section 3    

HQ comp             (2) trcks    Commo (2)    EVAL (2) trck     SIGNAL (2)    
                                   trck                            trck       

1st Battery        1 sctn (1)    COMMO (1)    (2) 105mm Art,  (2) 105mm Art,  
                       HT          trck          (2) HTs          (2) HTs     

2nd Battery        1 sctn (1)    COMMO (1)    (2) 105mm Art,  (2) 105mm Art,  
                       HT          trck          (2) HTs          (2) HTs     

3rd Battery        1 sctn (1)    COMMO (1)    (2) 105mm Art,  (2) 105mm Art,  
                       HT          trck          (2) HTs          (2) HTs     



Leichte Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Light Field Artillery Battalion (Motorized)


     Unit         HT      trck    105mm     Total Guns   

Battery           2        1        2                    

Company           5        1        4                    

Battalion         15       11       12          12       



Gemischte Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Mixed Field Artillery Battalion (Motorized)


     Company         HQ Unit     Section 1      Section 2        Section 3    

HQ comp             (2) trcks    Commo (2)    EVAL (2) trck     SIGNAL (2)    
                                   trck                            trck       

1st Heavy Battery  1 sctn (1)    COMMO (1)    (2) 150mm Art,  (2) 150mm Art,  
                       HT          trck          (2) HTs          (2) HTs     

2nd Heavy Battery  1 sctn (1)    COMMO (1)    (2) 150mm Art,  (2) 150mm Art,  
                       HT          trck          (2) HTs          (2) HTs     

3rd Medium         1 sctn (1)    COMMO (1)    (2) 100mm Art,  (2) 100mm Art,  
Battery                HT          trck          (2) HTs          (2) HTs     



Gemischte Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Mixed Field Artillery Battalion (Motorized)


     Unit         HT      trck    100mm    150mm     Total Guns   

Battery           2        1        2        2                    

Company           5        1        4        4                    

Battalion         15       11       4        8           12       



Field Artillery Battalions 1943 - 1944

Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Self Propelled Field Artillery Battalion


     Company        HQ Unit    Section 1     Section 2     Section 3   

HQ comp               (2)      Commo (2)   EVAL (2) trck   SIGNAL (2)  
                     trcks       trck                         trck     

1st Light SP        1 sctn   COMMO (1) HT   (3) 105mm SP   (3) 105mm   
Battery             (1) HT                                     SP      

2nd Light SP        1 sctn   COMMO (1) HT   (3) 105mm SP   (3) 105mm   
Battery             (1) HT                                     SP      

3rd Heavy SP        1 sctn   COMMO (1) HT   (3) 150mm SP   (3) 150mm   
Battery             (1) HT                                     SP      



Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1943 - 1944

> 1943 Self Propelled Field Artillery Battalion


     Unit         HT      trck   105mm SP   150mm SP    Total Guns   

Battery           2                  3          3                    

Company           2                  6          6                    

Battalion         6        8        12          6           18       



Other Units : 1943 - 1944

· Please Note: I did not have information regarding infantry artillery, Fallschirmjager artillery, etc. for 1943. My suspicion, from other formations, is these units were formed like the above with one exception: There piece was transported by truck not half-track. In general all armored (panzer) artillery was transported by half-track.

Field Artillery Battalions 1944+

· Originally Panzer Artillery was transported by half-tracks not trucks. However with vehicle shortages, most units began using truck transport, except for the for the heavier guns.

· Additionally, the Germans frequently used captured equipment to augment and "fill out" there artillery units.

Leichte Feldkanone Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Light Field Cannon Battalion (motorized)


     Company         HQ Unit     Platoon 1      Section 1        Section 2       Section 3    

HQ comp             (1) trcks    Commo (1)    EVAL (1) trck     SIGNAL (1)                    
                                   trck                            trck                       

1st Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 75mm Art,    (2) 75mm Art,   (2) 75mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks       (2) trcks    

2nd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 75mm Art,    (2) 75mm Art,   (2) 75mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks       (2) trcks    

3rd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 75mm Art,    (2) 75mm Art,   (2) 75mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks       (2) trcks    

4th Battery                       Service        Service          Service         Service     



Leichte Feldkanone Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Light Field Cannon Battalion (motorized)


     Unit         HT      trck     75mm     Total Guns   

Battery           0        2        2                    

Company           0        7        6                    

Battalion         0        25       18          18       



Leichte Feldhaubitze Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Light Field Howitzer Battalion (motorized)


     Company         HQ Unit     Section 1      Section 2        Section 3    

HQ comp             (1) trcks    Commo (1)    EVAL (1) trck     SIGNAL (1)    
                                   trck                            trck       

1st Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 105mm Art,  (2) 105mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks    

2nd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 105mm Art,  (2) 105mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks    

3rd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 105mm Art,  (2) 105mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks    

4th Battery                       Service        Service          Service     



Leichte Feldhaubitze Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Light Field Howitzer Battalion (motorized)


     Unit         HT      trck    105mm     Total Guns   

Battery           0        2        2                    

Company           0        5        4                    

Battalion         0        19       12          12       



Field Artillery Battalions 1944+

Gemischte Feldhaubitze Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Medium Field Howitzer Battalion (motorized)


     Company         HQ Unit     Section 1      Section 2        Section 3    

HQ comp             (1) trcks    Commo (1)    EVAL (1) trck     SIGNAL (1)    
                                   trck                            trck       

1st Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 150mm Art,  (2) 150mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks    

2nd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 150mm Art,  (2) 150mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks    

3rd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 150mm Art,  (2) 150mm Art,  
                                   trck         (2) trcks        (2) trcks    

4th Battery                       Service        Service          Service     



Gemischte Feldhaubitze Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Medium Field Howitzer Battalion (motorized)


     Unit         HT      trck    150mm     Total Guns   

Battery           0        2        2                    

Company           0        5        4                    

Battalion         0        19       12          12       



Schwere Feldhaubitze Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Heavy Field Howitzer Battalion (motorized)


     Company         HQ Unit     Section 1      Section 2        Section 3    

HQ comp             (1) trcks    Commo (1)    EVAL (1) trck     SIGNAL (1)    
                                   trck                            trck       

1st Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 210mm Art,  (2) 210mm Art,  
                                   trck           (2) HT          (2) HT      

2nd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 210mm Art,  (2) 210mm Art,  
                                   trck           (2) HT          (2) HT      

3rd Battery          (1) KK      COMMO (1)    (2) 300mm Art,  (2) 300mm Art,  
                                   trck           (2) HT          (2) HT      

4th Battery                       Service        Service          Service     



Schwere Feldhaubitze Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Heavy Field Howitzer Battalion (motorized)


     Unit         HT      trck    210mm    300mm     Total Guns   

Battery           2                 2        2                    

Company           6        1        4        4                    

Battalion         18       7        8        4           12       



Field Artillery Battalions 1944+

Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Self Propelled Field Artillery Battalion


     Company        HQ Unit    Commo Plt     Section 1     Section 2    Section 3  

HQ comp               (2)      Commo (2)   EVAL (2) trck                           
                     trcks       trck                                              

1st Light SP        1 sctn   COMMO (1) HT   (2) 105mm SP   (2) 105mm    (2) 105mm  
Battery             (1) HT                                     SP          SP      

2nd Heavy SP        1 sctn   COMMO (1) HT   (2) 150mm SP   (2) 150mm    (2) 150mm  
Battery             (1) HT                                     SP          SP      



Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Self Propelled Field Artillery Battalion


     Unit         HT      trck   105mm SP   150mm SP    Total Guns   

Battery           1                  2          2                    

Company           2                  6          6                    

Battalion         4        6         6          6           12       



Nebelwerfer Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Rocket Artillery Battalion


     Company        HQ Unit    Commo Plt     Section 1     Section 2    Section 3  

HQ comp             (1) KK     Commo (2)   EVAL (2) trck                           
                                 trck                                              

1st Werfer            (2)      COMMO (1)    (2) 10 tube   (2) 10 tube    (2) 10    
Battery              Trcks       trck          Werfer        Werfer       tube     
                                                                         Werfer    

2nd Werfer            (2)      COMMO (1)    (2) 10 tube   (2) 10 tube    (2) 10    
Battery              Trcks       trck          Werfer        Werfer       tube     
                                                                         Werfer    

3rd Werfer            (2)      COMMO (1)    (2) 10 tube   (2) 10 tube    (2) 10    
Battery              Trcks       trck          Werfer        Werfer       tube     
                                                                         Werfer    

4th Werfer                                    service       service      service   
Battery                                                                            



Panzerartillerie Abteilung : 1944+

> 1944 Self Propelled Field Artillery Battalion


     Unit         HT      trck    Werfer        Total      
                                              Launchers    

Battery                              2                     

Company                    3         6                     

Battalion                  13       18           18        



Field Artillery Battalions 1944+

· The next two formations are unique. They provided a corp level defense of artillery support and fire suppression. This type of mass bombardment (its capability) became essential as Germany fought a defense war. Large artillery strikes can and did break up attacks. However ammunition became a severe problem. Additionally these units were typically "static" or bodenstandige units. They were the firepower of entrenchment and siege defense.

· As Hitler declared areas as "Felster Platzen" (last stand areas). The German Army began entrenching in areas and fighting (as ordered) to the last man (supposedly). Although this tactic lost was idiotic, the high command the formed units needed for such tactics. These heavy artillery units fit the bill.

· Most Neberwerfers were used for smoke (at least initially). The poor accuracy made them only effective in urban or mass area bombardments: like to take out a entire hill. Unfortunately SP's Werfers do not come with smoke. Use the editor and switch them from a HE launch system to a smoke launch system. They lay great smoke - as they did in reality.

VAK - (Volksartillerie Korp) : 1944+


  Korp        Battalion     

              Artillery     

              Artillery     

              Artillery     

              Artillery     

              Artillery     

              Artillery     



· Typically these units used heavy artillery such as 170mm, 210mm, 300mm, etc. They used captured equipment and even 88mm as artillery pieces. It was an havoc artillery group.

VWB - (Volkswerfer Brigade) : 1944+


 Regiment      Battalion      

            150mm Artillery   

            150mm Artillery   

            210mm Artillery   

              Nebelwerfer     

            Maultier Company  

            Maultier Company  



· Maultier's were Pz II or Pz III platforms with a Nebelwerfer on top. Essentially they were mobile rocket launchers like the US Calliope. There use was primarily smoke creators. Again, SP does not have them. You have to "create" them with the editor.

· Additionally, most regiments had several Maultiers attached to the HQ company. I did not include in them in the formations, but they were there. The Maulteirs were called Panzerwerfer 42s.