2. Panzer-Division

By Christian Ankerstjerne

History

DateTheaterAction
15 October 1935GermanyFormed in Würzburg.
1938AustriaTransferred to Vienna.
September 1939PolandCombat during Fall Weiß as part of Heeresgruppe Süd.
May 1940 to June 1940FranceCombat during Fall Gelb as part of Panzergruppe Kleist.
September 1940 to February 1941PolandOccupation duties.
April 1941RomaniaGarrison duties.
April 1941BalkansCombat during Unternehmen Marita as part of 12. Armee.
April 1941 to September 1941GreeceOccupational Duties.
September 1941FranceRefitting.
October 1941RussiaCombat at Moscow.
1942 to 1943RussiaCombat at Smolensk and Orel as part of 9. Armee.
July 1943UkraineCombat during Unternehmen Zitadelle as part of 9. Armee.
Late 1943 to June 1944FranceRefitting and occupational duties in Amiens.
June 1944 to August 1944FranceHeavy combat in Normandy.
September 1944GermanyRe-formed in Wittlich.
December 1944BelgiumCombat during Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein.
January 1945 to May 1945GermanyDefensive combat.
7 May 1945GermanySurrenders to US forces in Plauen.

Insignia

Dates Insignia
1939 to 1940
Insignia of 2. Panzer-Division, 1939 to 1940: Two yellow circles.
1940 to 1944
Insignia of 2. Panzer-Division, 1940 to 1944: An inverted Y, with a vertical line to the top right side.
1944 to 1945
Insignia of 2. Panzer-Division, 1944 to 1945: A yellow trifork.

Panzer Strength

Panzer strength of the 2. Panzer-Division.
Date Panzer Stu-Gesch Flakpanzer Pz Bef Wg
I II 38 (t) III 37 III kz III lg III 75 IV kz IV lg Panther 38 IV 20 IV 37
1 Sep 1939 124 155 0 6 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
10 May 1940 45 115 0 58 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
6 Apr 1941 0 45 0 27 44 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Sep 1941 0 63 0 0 105 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
20 Jun 1942 0 22 33 0 20 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1 Jul 1943 0 12 0 0 8 12 20 1 59 0 0 0 0 0 6
10 Jun 1944 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 98 79 101 12 0 0 0
3 Nov 1944 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 8 0 0 0 0
14 Dec 1944 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 64 24 3 4 4 0

Additional Reading

Books

Notes

  1. Belonged to 4./Panzer-Abteilung (Funklenk) 301, attached to 2. Panzer-Division Back.

Sources

  1. JENTZ, Thomas L. Panzertruppen 1 : The Complete Guide to the Creation & Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force, 1933-1942. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Military History, 1996. 288 p. ISBN 0-88740-915-6.
  2. JENTZ, Thomas L. Panzertruppen 2 : The Complete Guide to the Creation & Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force, 1943-1945. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Military History, 1996. 300 p. ISBN 0-7643-0080-6.
  3. WINDROW, Martin & HOOK, Richard. Men-At-Arms 24 - The Panzer Divisions. Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 1998. 40 p. ISBN 0-85045-434-4.