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SS Panzer Division (1943)
SS-Panzerdivision (1943)
— SS-PzDiv —
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APP-6 Armored.svg
Active 1943
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Type Panzer
Role Armoured warfare
Size Division, up to 20,000 soldiers
Part of Balkenkreuz.svg Wehrmacht
Engagements World War II

The SS Panzer Division (German language: SS-Panzerdivision, short: SS-PzDiv) was an SS formation during World War II. The table below shows the organisation structure that an "SS Panzer division", aspired to contain.[1]

Designation (lang-en: ...)[2] Designation (lang-de: ...)[3]
staff of the division Divisionsstab
  • Divisionskommandeur (DivKdr)
  • Generalstabsoffizier
  • Kartorgaphieeinheit
  • Fernmeldeeinheit
  • Divisionsbegleitschutz
  • Militaerpolizei
quartermaster Quartiermeister (Qu)
  • weapon platoon
  • mechanical
  • captain Dr physician
  • captain Dr dentist
  • Waffenzug
  • Mechaniker
  • Stabsatzt
  • Stabszahnarzt
Panzer regiment Panzerregiment (PzRgt)
I battalion I. Abteilung
  • 4 Kompanien (1–4)
  • Werkstattkompany
II battalion
  • 5 companies (5–9)
  • workshop platoon
II. Abteilung
  • 5 Kompanien (5–9)
  • Werkstattzug
antitank battalion Panzerjaegerabteilung (PzJgAbt)
3 companies of assault guns (1–3) 3 Kompanien von Sturmgeschützen (1–3)
SS Panzergrenadierregiment.svg Panzer grenadier regiment Panzergrenadierregiment (PzGrenRgt)
I battalion 4 companies (1–4) I. Bataillon 4 Kompanien (1–4)
II battalion 4 companies (5–8) II. Bataillon 4 Kompanien (5–8)
III battalion
  • 4 companies (9–12)
  • heavy infantry gun company (13)
  • anti-aircraft company (14)
  • reconnaissance company (15)
  • engineer company (16)
III. Bataillon
  • 4 Kompanien (9–12)
  • schwere Infanteriegeschützkompanie (13)
  • Flakkompanie (14)
  • Aufklaerungskompanie (15)
  • Pionierkompanie (16)
Panzer grenadier regiment (as above) Panzergrenadierregiment (wie oben)
Panzer reconnaissance battalion Panzeraufklärungsabteilung (PzAufklAbt)
  • 2 Panzer scout companies
  • 2 Panzer reconnaissance companies
  • 1 heavy company
  • 2 Panzerspähkompanien
  • 2 Panzeraufklärungskompanien
  • 1 schwere Kompanie
Panzer artillery regiment Panzerartillerieregiment (PzArtRgt)
I battalion
  • 3 batteries
I. Abteilung
  • 3 Batterien
II battalion
  • 3 batteries
II. Abteilung
  • 3 Baterrien
III battalion
  • 4 batteries
III. Abteilung
  • 4 Baterrien
launcher battalion Werferabteilung
  • 4 batteries (1–4)
  • 4 Batterien (1–4)
anti-aircraft battalion Flakabteilung (FlakAbt)
  • 5 batteries (1–5)
  • 5 Batterien (1–5)
Panzer engineer battalion Panzerpionierabteilung (PzPiAbt)
  • 1 (armoured) company (on IFV)
  • 3 engineer companies
  • bridge convoy B
  • 1 (gepanzerte) Kompanie (auf SPw)
  • 3 Pionierkompanieen
  • Brückenkolonne B
Panzer communications battalion Panzernachrichtenabteilung
  • 1 communications company
  • 1 Radio company
  • 1 Fernmeldekompanie
  • 1 Funkkompanie
division`s supply troops Divisions-Nachschubtruppe
  • 6 vehicle companies
  • 1 supply company
  • 6 Kraftfahrkompanieen
  • 1 Nachschubkompanie
Panzer maintenance battalion Panzer-Instandsetzungsabteilung
  • 3 workshop companies
  • 1 (weapon) workshop company
  • 1 spare and repair part company
  • 3 Werkstattkompanieen
  • 1 (Waffen-)Werkstattkompanie
  • 1 Ersatzteilkompanie
provisioning battalion Wirtschaftsbataillon
  • bakery company
  • butcher company
  • division’s food service office
  • military post office
  • Baeckerkompanie
  • Schlaechterkompanie
  • Divisions-Verpflegungsamt
  • Feldpostamt
medical battalion Sanitaetsabteilung
  • 2 medical companies
  • 1 ambulance company
  • 1 medical supply company
  • 2 Sanitaetskompanieen
  • 1 Krankenkraftwagekompanie
  • 1 Versorgungskompanie
replacement battalion Feldersatzbataillon

The structure and organisation of the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" is equivalent to the table above and served as a standard for all other "SS Panzer Divisions" during World War II. The average complement was approximately 19,000. However, not two SS Divisions out of 38 contained that manpower number. In the second half of the war in Europe, in particular close to the end of war, some divisions achieved only the complement of regiment sized units.

See also[]

References[]

  1. Willamson, Gordon (1994). The SS Hitler´s Instrument of the Power; appendix, p. 249, "Organisation of a SS Panzer Division", Brown Packaging Books Ltd., London.
  2. MILITÄRISCHES STUDIENGLOSAR ENGLISCH Teil II/ Teil III, Deutsch – Englisch, Abkürzung Begriff, Bundessprachenamt (Stand Januar 2001).
  3. Official designation as to „Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv“ in Freiburg im Breisgau, stores of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS.

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