NQM Heer Panzer Div

Wehrmacht Panzer Division

 Divisional Headquarters
Comd mounted in Kubelwagen or Staff Car (C3)
Signal Softskin or Armoured Car [A/C] (C3)
Self Propelled or towed Flak (S3) + optional limber (L3) (Omit for corps scale orbat [CSO])
Panzer Division Headquarters
Panzer Aufklärungs (Recce) Battalion*
0-1 Lt Tank or A/C (CR1)
1-2 A/C or 1/2Track (@R1)
1-3 Motorcycle (@R1). [The battalion total should not exceed 6 strength points, 3 for CSO]
  Panzer Division Aufklarungs Battalion
 Panzer Regiment Headquarters
 Comd Pz III (C3) [C, CF and CS are all academic distinctions for armour]
Signals  A/C (C3)
Panzer Regiment Headquarters
Panzer Battalion x 2 
2-3 Panzers [See notes below] (FS3) 
1 Panzer [See notes below] (F3)
Panzer battalion. [Panzer Regiment in Corps-scale Orbat]

Panzer battalion. [Panzer Regiment in Corps-scale Orbat]

Panzer Grenadier Regiment Headquarters
Comd Car or Sd Kfz 250 or 251+15cm SiG or towed 15cm + [optional] limber (CS3)
[or model a Sd KFfz 251/9  or 250/8* as CS3]
Panzer Grenadiers

Panzer Grenadiers

Picture above: (Left) Motorised RHQ  CS3 and (Right) Gepanzert RHQ CS2.
Motor Rifle Regiment Headquarters
Comd Staff Car, Towed 150mm gun  or 150mm SiG + limber (Show the staff car towing the gun) (CS3)
Signals Van (C3)
Panzer Grenadier Battalion   
Comd SdKfz w 37mm PAK + 81mm or 50mm Mor (CS3)
2 SdKfz with MMG + 4Rifle stands (@FS3) [Rifle stands may have AT Rifle capability]
SdKfz 251  stand (F3)
Motor Rifle Battalion x  3 
Comd base  + 81mm or 50mm Mor, and/or MMG base to make one (CS2-3) stand
2 Truck  or 1/2track bases with integral MMG bases (@S1) + 4 rifle bases (@F1) to make 2 (FS3) stands
Truck  or 1/2track stand with integral MMG bases (F3)
MotRflAbtIf you do not want to model the infantry, then just show the vehicles as FS3 and CS3 stands.
Panzer Artillery Regiment 
RHQ comd (C3), up to 3 FOO (O1) (Omit for CSO)
2 (1)10.5cm divisional gun (S3) + limber (L3)
or 15cm Howitzer (S3) + limber (L3). Some or all may be self-propelled guns [SPG]. 
Panzer Artillery Regiment

Panzer Artillery Regiment

15cm Motorised Artillery Battalion
Panzer Abwehr Kanone (PAK) Battalion 
3.7cm or 5cm Gun (S3) +Limber (L3) or
7.5cm Gun (S3) +Limber (L3). Some or all may be SPG.
5th Antitank Battalion

5th Antitank Battalion

Panzer Engineer Battalion 
1-3 Engineer bases (@E1)
Sd Kfz or Truck (L3)
with optional Bridging Trailer (L3)
Sd Kfz or Truck with 2 Engineer bases (E3)
Engineer Battalion

Note that the panzer grenadier regiment has one armoured battalion (the panzer grenadier battalion), and one motorised battalion (sometimes mounted in unarmoured halftracks) that, for convenience, I have listed with the two lorried battalions for the motor rifle regiment. Most panzer divisions only had the luxury of one battalion mounted in that iconic vehicle the Sd Kfz 251 (Sonder Kraftzeug). Don’t believe the propaganda photos, fully three quarters of the Wehrmacht’s panzer grenadiers went to war in trucks or unarmoured halftracks.

Early in the war, the division would have a motorcycle battalion. However they suffered heavy attrition, so I have shown the rump of the motorcycles absorbed into the divisional recce battalion.

The panzers too, did not stay at full strength for long. See the analysis of GAZALA to understand how low Axis tank strengths were compared to their opponents.

I have not specified what sort of panzer should be used in the orbat as this changed as the war progressed. Early on the proportion was roughly ( 1 Pz II : 2 Pz III : 1 Pz IV) As the war progressed, the proportion of PzIVs increased to 50% of the TOE, and the PzII disappeared. Later still the PzV replaced the Pz III. In addition, large numbers of StuG IIIs and IVs were produced. The StuG (Sturm Geshutz) was a casemated gun on a tank chassis. The design benefit being that a more effective gun could be carried on the chassis than a turreted design would allow. In addition, production costs were lower, at a time when numbers were critical. The StuG was considered to be an infantry support gun manned by artillery crews. In this role, it would appear supporting motor rifle and infantry units, which is where I mostly show it.


The  picture of the panzer division above dates from the early days of my 15mm collection. This division is using a British signals vehicle captured from Peter Rowe, presumably left behind at Dunkirk (he has recovered it back from the battlefield now). Don’t try to match up the models in this picture with the ones above, they predate the individual pictures by at least 8 years.

*The Sd Kfz 251/9 and 250/8 ‘Stummel’ was seen in the recce battalion and you would be justified in thinking that it has no place in an RHQ. If you have a spare one and don’t want it beefing up your Aufklärungs Abteilung in 1942 though … It doesn’t really matter which flavour of Sd Kfz is used unless you care deeply about it.

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