NQM Heer Type 43 Panzer Div

Wehrmacht Type 43 Panzer Division – CSO Orbat

 Divisional Headquarters

Comd mounted in Kubelwagen or Staff Car (C3)

Signal truck or SdKfz 263 or 251/3 (C3)

Self Propelled or towed Flak (S3)

Log SdkFz 253 or Wespe munitionsträger (S3)

Workshop Bergpanzer III/IV/V (L3)

Panzer Division Headquarters
Panzer Aufklärungs (Recce) Battalion*
0-3 SdKfz 250/3 or 234/3 (R1)
0-3 Motorcycle (R1). [The bn total should not exceed 3 strength points ]
  Panzer Division Aufklarungs Battalion
 Panzer Regiment Headquarters
 Comd BefehlsPanzer III/IV/V (C3)
 
Panzer Regiment Headquarters
Panzer Battalion 1 or 2 
1 Panzer III/IV/V [See notes below] (F3)

 

 

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

Panzer battalion. [Panzer regiment in Corps Scale Orbat, or panzer division in Front Scale Orbat]


Panzer Grenadier Regiment Headquarters
Comd Car or Sd Kfz 250 or 251+15cm SiG or towed 15cm (C3)
[or model a Sd KFfz 251/9  or 250/8*]
Panzer Grenadiers

Panzer Grenadiers

Picture above: (Left) Motorised RHQ  CS3 and (Right) Gepanzert RHQ CS2.
Motor Rifle Regiment Headquarters
Comd Staff Car with Towed 15cm gunor SiG (Show the staff car towing the gun for the motoriziert regiment and a 251/10 for the gepanzert) (C3)
Panzer Grenadier Battalion   
SdKfz 251 (F3)
  PzGrenBnGep
Motor Rifle Battalion x  3 
Truck  with integral infantry (F3)
MotRflAbtIf you do not want to model the infantry, then just show the vehicles as (F3)
Panzer Artillery Regiment 
0-1 10.5cm divisional gun + limber (S3)
0-1 15cm Howitzer + limber  (S3) 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 or 7.5cm Gun + Limber (S3). Some or all may be SPG.
5th Antitank Battalion

Early and late war antitank battalions

Panzer Engineer Battalion 
3 Engineer bases (@E1), or Sd Kfz 251/8 or Truck (E3)
 
Engineer Battalion

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.

By 1943, the proportion of PzIVs increased, eventually forming 50% of the TOE, and the PzIII began to disappear. For a stage following Kursk, the division only had one panzer battalion. Later still the PzV replaced the Pz III, being introduced as a second battalion. In addition, large numbers of StuG IIIs and some 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 r 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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