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The '''7th Panzer Division''' or '''Westphalian Panzer Division''' ({{lang-de|7. Panzerdivision}} or ''Westfälische Panzerdivision'') was a major [[Formation (military)|formation]] in the [[German Army]] (''Heer'') within the German Armed Forces or ''[[Bundeswehr]]'' whose headquarters was for many years in Lippstadt und [[Unna]] and, finally in Düsseldorf. Until its dissolution in 2006 it was seen as the "backbone of the Army" or the "spearhead of the German Army". The majority of new weapon systems were introduced by this formation. Many [[Inspectors of the Army]] (''Inspekteur des Heeres'') were once [[divisional commander]]s of the 7th Armoured Division. Its last commander was [[Wolf-Joachim Clauß]].
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The '''7th Panzer Division''' or '''Westphalian Panzer Division''' ({{lang-de|7. Panzerdivision}} or ''Westfälische Panzerdivision'') was a major [[Formation (military)|formation]] in the [[German Army]] (''Heer'') within the German Armed Forces or ''[[Bundeswehr]]'' whose headquarters was for many years in [[Lippstadt]] und [[Unna]] and, finally in Düsseldorf. Until its dissolution in 2006 it was seen as the "backbone of the Army" or the "spearhead of the German Army". The majority of new weapon systems were introduced by this formation. Many [[Inspectors of the Army]] (''Inspekteur des Heeres'') were once [[divisional commander]]s of the 7th Armoured Division. Its last commander was [[Wolf-Joachim Clauß]].
   
 
It was the only division in the [[Northern Army Group]] without a forward defence sector in line against a projected Warsaw Pact attack; the only immediately available reserve division.<ref>David C. Isby and Charles Kamps Jr., Armies of NATO's Central Front, Jane's Publishing Company, 1985, 174</ref>
 
It was the only division in the [[Northern Army Group]] without a forward defence sector in line against a projected Warsaw Pact attack; the only immediately available reserve division.<ref>David C. Isby and Charles Kamps Jr., Armies of NATO's Central Front, Jane's Publishing Company, 1985, 174</ref>
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