The Panzer Legions: A Guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of World War II and Their Commanders

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21 ST PANZER DIVISION

COMPOSITION (Africa): 5th Panzer Regiment, 104th Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 155th Panzer Artillery Regiment, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 39th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 200th Panzer Engineer Battalion, 200th Panzer Signal Battalion.

HOME STATION: Berlin, Wehrkreis III

Formed as the 5th Light Division on February 18, 1941, the 21st Panzer received most of its units from the Berlin-Brandenberger 3rd Panzer Division, including the divisional staff (the former Staff, 3rd Panzer Brigade); the 5th Panzer Regiment (two battalions), formerly part of the 3rd Panzer Division; the 3rd Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion; the 39th Tank Destroyer Battalion; and the I/75th Panzer Artillery Regiment. The Staff, 200th Infantry Regiment z.b.V. (“for special purposes”) came from Wehrkreis III, while HQ, 155th Panzer Artillery Regiment was a newly formed unit. Its three artillery battalions, which were numbered I, II, and III, were the former 864th Artillery Battalion, I/75th Artillery Regiment, and the 911th Heavy Artillery Battalion, respectively. The other units—the 2nd and 8th Machine Gun Battalions, the 605th Tank Destroyer Battalion and 606th Light Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion—were Heerestruppe (i.e., troops given to it on a permanent basis by higher headquarters). Shortly after arriving in the desert, the 8th Machine Gun was converted into the 15th Motorcycle Battalion.

Transported to North Africa in April and May 1941, it (along with the 15th Panzer Division) became one of the two divisions in the famous Afrika Korps. It took part in the capture of Cyrenaica and the drive to the Egyptian frontier (a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface v
  • Part I - The Panzerwaffe 1
  • Chapter 1 - The History of the Panzer Forces 3
  • Chapter 2 - The Wehrkreise 29
  • Part II - The Panzer Divisions 35
  • 1St Panzer Division 37
  • 2Nd Panzer Division 46
  • 3Rd Panzer Division 53
  • 4Th Panzer Division 59
  • 5th Panzer Division 65
  • 6Th Panzer Division 71
  • 7Th Panzer Division 79
  • 8Th Panzer Division 87
  • 9Th Panzer Division 93
  • 10Th Panzer Division 101
  • 11th Panzer Division 104
  • 12Th Panzer Division 109
  • 13Th Panzer Division 112
  • 14th Panzer Division 119
  • 15th Panzer Division 124
  • 16th Panzer Division 129
  • 17th Panzer Division 137
  • 18th Panzer Division 143
  • 19th Panzer Division 149
  • 20th Panzer Division 153
  • 21 St Panzer Division 157
  • 22Nd Panzer Division 164
  • 23Rd Panzer Division 168
  • 24Th Panzer Division 174
  • 25th Panzer Division 179
  • 26Th Panzer Division 185
  • 27Th Panzer Division 190
  • 116th Panzer (Formerly 16th Panzer Grenadier) Division 193
  • (130Th) Panzer Lehr Division 201
  • 155th Reserve Panzer (Formerly Replacement) Division 206
  • 178Th Panzer Replacement Division 210
  • 179Th Reserve Panzer Division 212
  • 232Nd Panzer Division 214
  • 233Rd Reserve Panzer (Later Panzer) Division 216
  • 273Rd Reserve Panzer Division 219
  • Panzer Division Clausewitz 221
  • Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle 1 223
  • Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle 2 226
  • Fuehrer Begleit Division 228
  • Fuehrer Grenadier Division 232
  • Panzer Division Holstein 235
  • Panzer Division Jueterbog 237
  • Panzer Division Kurmark 239
  • Panzer Division Muencheberg 242
  • Panzer Division Norway 244
  • Panzer Division Silesia 246
  • Panzer (Later Panzer Field Training) Division Tatra 248
  • Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland 250
  • Appendix I - Table of Equivalent Ranks 257
  • Appendix II - The Higher Panzer Headquarters 258
  • Appendix III - Chronology of the Second World War 270
  • Appendix IV - Profiles of the Non-Army Panzer Divisions 283
  • Appendix V - German Staff Positions 286
  • Bibliography 289
  • Index: Individuals 295
  • Unit Index German Panzer and Related Units 303
  • About the Author 313
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