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

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179TH RESERVE PANZER DIVISION

COMPOSITION: 1st Reserve Panzer Battalion, 81st Reserve Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 29th Reserve Motorized Grenadier Regiment, 29th Reserve Panzer Artillery Battalion, 1st Reserve Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion, 9th Reserve Tank Destroyer Battalion, 29th Reserve Panzer Engineer Battalion, 81st Reserve Panzer Signal Battalion.

HOME STATION: Weimar, Wehrkreis IX

The 179th Reserve Panzer was originally created as a special purposes staff to control replacement and training units in the IX Military District. Formed in 1939, just after the outbreak of the war, it became the 179th Replacement Division (Division Nr. 179) on January 5, 1940. By March it consisted of the 72nd Motorized Infantry Replacement Regiment at Erfurt (71st, 86th, 187th, and 451st Battalions); the 52nd Infantry Replacement Regiment at Kassel (15th, 163rd, and 459th Battalions); the 81st Rifle Replacement Regiment at Meiningen (1st, 6th and 12th Battalions); the 205th Infantry Replacement Battalion at Frankfurt; the 1st Panzer Replacement Battalion at Erfurt; the 15th Artillery Replacement Regiment at Erfurt (29th, 65th, and 73rd Battalions); the 4th Motorized Reconnaissance Replacement Battalion at Sondershausen; the 29th Engineer Replacement Battalion at Hann Muenden; the 81st Motorized Signal Replacement Battalion at Weimar; the 15th Motorcycle Replacement Battalion at Rudolstadt; and the 9th Construction Engineer Replacement Battalion at Bad Langensalza. The 179th became a motorized replacement division staff on February 27, 1942, controlling all of the panzer and motorized units in Wehrkreis IX, and was reorganized as the 179th Panzer Replacement Division (also known as Panzer Replacement Division Staff 179) on April 5, 1943, when it became part of the Panzerwaffe.

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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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