Pre-war development[ edit ] Heinz Guderian first proposed the formation of panzer units larger than a regiment, but the inspector of motorized troops, Otto von Stuelpnagel , rejected the proposal. The first three panzer divisions were formed on 15 October Most other armies of the era organized their tanks into "tank brigades" that required additional infantry and artillery support. Panzer divisions had their own organic infantry and artillery support.
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Pre-war development[ edit ] Heinz Guderian first proposed the formation of panzer units larger than a regiment, but the inspector of motorized troops, Otto von Stuelpnagel , rejected the proposal. The first three panzer divisions were formed on 15 October Most other armies of the era organized their tanks into "tank brigades" that required additional infantry and artillery support.
Panzer divisions had their own organic infantry and artillery support. This led to a change in operational doctrine: instead of the tanks supporting operations by other arms, the tanks led operations, with other arms supporting them. Since the panzer divisions had the supporting arms included, they could operate independently from other units.
These first panzer divisions 1st through 5th were composed of two tank regiments, one motorised infantry regiment of two battalions each, and supporting troops. Some of these panzer divisions had quite a large proportion of Panzerkampfwagen I in them, a tank that was never intended for combat.
After the invasion of Poland in , the old divisions were partially reorganised adding a third battalion to some infantry regiments or alternatively adding a second regiment of two battalions. Around this time, the newly organised divisions 6th through 10th diverged in organisation, each on average with one tank regiment, one separate tank battalion, one or two infantry regiments three to four battalions per division. By the start of Operation Barbarossa , the German invasion of the Soviet Union in , the 21 panzer divisions had undergone further reorganisation to now consist of one tank regiment of two or three battalions and two motorised regiments of two battalions each.
All other units in these formations were fully motorised trucks, half-tracks , specialized combat vehicles to match the speed of the tanks. Throughout , the reconnaissance battalions were merged into the motorcycle battalions.
By the summer of , the Luftwaffe and Waffen-SS also had panzer divisions. A renewed standardization of the tank regiments was attempted. In reality, the organization continued to vary from division to division. The first infantry battalion of the first infantry regiment of each panzer division was now supposed to be fully mechanised mounted on armoured half-tracks Sd.
The first battalion of the artillery regiment replaced its former light-towed howitzers with a mix of heavy and light self-propelled guns Hummel , Wespe.
The anti-tank battalion now included assault guns, tank destroyers, and towed anti-tank guns. Generally, the mechanization of these divisions increased compared to their previous organization. Since the Heer and the SS used their own ordinal systems, there were duplicate numbers i.
7.ª División Panzer (Wehrmacht)
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Despite this, it continued to hold against the British and Commonwealth forces, engaging in heavy fighting near the town of Tilly-sur-Seulles. On 21 November, the partially refitted Panzer Lehr was ordered out of its assembly area to counterattack the American forces driving towards the Saverne Gap. The 26th Volksgrenadier Division was to clear the way for the division, but they soon became bogged down and the Panzer Lehr found itself moving forward at a crawl. The 26th Volksgrenadier Division had secured the bridge over the Clerf River , opening the way to the road and rail-hub of Bastogne. Combat Team Cherry pulled out, and the way to Bastogne was open again. As the remainder of the division sped east, it enjoyed some minor successes, including the capture of a large American convoy,  but it was brought to a halt by fierce resistance near St.