Panzer Divisions 1944-45

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The period 1944-45 was one of change for the Panzer Divisions. In summer 1944 the new-type Panzer Division was introduced with a reduction in the number of tanks, a change that was mainly seen in North-West Europe. On the Eastern Front, where the bulk of the Panzer Divisions were still employed, the organizational changes were introduced only slowly, mainly during periods of rest and refit. In 1945 the division was again reorganized with a reduced strength to reflect the deteriorating German manufacturing ...
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Overview

The period 1944-45 was one of change for the Panzer Divisions. In summer 1944 the new-type Panzer Division was introduced with a reduction in the number of tanks, a change that was mainly seen in North-West Europe. On the Eastern Front, where the bulk of the Panzer Divisions were still employed, the organizational changes were introduced only slowly, mainly during periods of rest and refit. In 1945 the division was again reorganized with a reduced strength to reflect the deteriorating German manufacturing capability and to incorporate news weapons such as the Panther (Mark V).

This volume provides a detailed examination on the late-war changes to the German Army Panzer forces and the formation of new units, from the collapse on the Eastern Front, through operations on the Western Front in Normandy and the Ardennes, to the final battle for Berlin in 1945. The major organizational changes that took place in this intensive period are examined, together with the adaptation of German armored doctrine, tactics, and the command system. Details of unit histories and operations, illustrated in color maps, are also provided in this packed treatment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034060
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Battle Orders Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,263,430
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in military history at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he is active in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis for publication: The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Combat mission 5

Doctrine and training 6

Unit organization 8

From 1943 to 1944

Divisional Headquarters

The Panzer Regiment

Panzergrenadier units

Panzeraufklärungs Abteilung

Panzerjäger Abteilung

Artillery

Panzer Pionier Bataillon

Communications and replacements

Divisional supply and services

The 1945 Panzer Division

Tactics 46

Salerno, 13-14 September 1943 (16. Panzer Division)

Gorodok, 21-27 November 1943 (20. Panzer Division)

Cherkassy, 16-17 February 1944 (1. Panzer Division)

Targul-Frumos, 2 May 1944 (24. Panzer Division)

St. Lo, 11 July 1944 (Panzer Lehr Division)

Caen, 18 July 1944 (21. Panzer Division)

Arracourt, 25-29 September 1944 (11. Panzer Division)

Nyiregyhaza, 26 October 1944 (1. and 23. Panzer Divisions)

Hürtgen Forest, 2-9 November 1944 (116. Panzer Division)

Celles-Rochefort, 23-26 December 1944 (Panzer Lehr, 2. Panzer Division)

Wissembourg, 8-9 January 1945 (21. Panzer Division)

Stuhlweissenburg, 20-21 January 1945 (1. Panzer Division)

Weapons and equipment 70

Command, control, communications and intelligence 81

The German command system

The use of Kampfgruppen and the command system

Unit status 85

Lessons learned 91

Abbreviations and glossary 92

Bibliography 93

Key to vehicle silhouette identification 94

Index 95

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