Schützen-Regiment to Panzergrenadier-Regiment

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Owen, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Why did the Germans decide to rename the Infantry component of a Panzer Division?
    It was July 1941 they changed the name, I think.
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Panzergrenadier has a far more aggressive meaning/implication than schutzen doesn't it? And they were attached to.. errr.. Panzers.
    Good for the esprit de corps to have a task specific name to lift your horizons above the 'average' Infantry regiment?
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    So basically they "sexed-up" the job title.
    Just wondering who's idea it was.
  4. cpstu1

    cpstu1 Junior Member

    Probably Guderian, who took over as Tank supremo around that period.......of change.......:)

    The casualties had been so high that morale was badly shaken, grenadier is historically more impressive to the german soldier......

    That's why their was so much rivalry in the gross deuschland division betweeen the Fusilier and Grenadier Regiments!

    stuart :)
  5. angeljoanes

    angeljoanes Junior Member

    No, from what I know according to Prussia customary, at first infantry regiment has to prove them self in battlefield. If they can prove them self, they will be upgraded with more heavy weaponry, tank, and motorized unit. This new heavy infantry will be called the PanzerGrenadier.

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