Panzer Divisions

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Gerard, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    In WWII Germany had a total of 30 Panzer Divisions which I thought was amazing considering the impact they had upon mechanized warfare in the 20th Century. Here is a list of them as per

    1st to 27th Panzer Division inclusive
    116th Panzer Division
    232nd Panzer Division
    233rd Panzer Division

    In addition there were 7 Waffen SS Panzer divisions

    1st SS Panzer Division "Leibstandarte"
    2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich"
    3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkof"
    5th SS Panzer Division "Wiking"
    9th SS Panzer Division "Hohenstaufen"
    10th SS Panzer Division "Frundsberg"
    12th SS Panzer Division "HitlerJugend"

    The above SS formations were originally Panzergrenadier Divisions but were upgraded mid-war.

    Anyone got any info on the independent Panzer Brigades?
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    (130th) Panzer Lehr should probably be on that list, may only have been around for a year, but it was quite a year.
  3. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Of course Adam, well spotted!. Another one that existed in 1943 was Panzer Regiment Bake, named after its commander Franz Bake. This semi-independent regiment of Heavy Tanks was used by Army Group South in a "fire-fighting" capacity after Kursk.
  4. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Got this book a while back, which I thought was pretty good:


    Have you seen it?
  5. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    I havent actually. Good Call! Is it good??
  6. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    I thought it was; good detail on ORBATs and graphic images of the vehicle and camo pretty good.
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    S'good as very handy ready-reference, but don't pay the £30-40 it's going for from some sellers, and it and it's 2 companion volumes give an impression of sometimes sketchy proof-reading.
    Jentz's 2 volume work 'Panzertruppen' is probably the best general reference on the German armoured force's organisation that I've seen, worth the money anyway.
  8. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    I got mine for about £5/10 from the Military Book Club, IIRC.
  9. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Having seen action against many of those Waffen SS panzer divs, I can say that 12th SS was the toughest...
  10. deadb_tch

    deadb_tch the deadliest b#tch ever

    Have you seen it?

    Ummmm, something like this:

    *took back to bookshelf*:cowboy_125:

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