Panther Refurbishing

A number of early Panthers were found to have faulty components, and had to be refurbished. This delayed the delivery of both Panther and Tiger tanks.

a) To be refurbished at I./Pz.Rgt.2

  • 38 engines
  • 22 turret traverse mechanisms
  • 23 Tewe pumps

Of these, the following have been refurbished:

  • 34 engines
  • 18 turret traverse mechanisms
  • 15 Tewe pumps

Currently being refurbished:

  • 4 engines
  • 4 turret traverse mechanisms
  • 8 Tewe pumps

By the evening of 30 September, all the work will be completed.1 The final drives have been yet been refurbished.

b) Refurbishing in the Magdeburg arsenal

Of the Panthers located in Magdeburg:

  • almost all the engines,
  • all Tewe devices,
  • all turret traverse mechanisms,
  • all final drives

must be refurbished. In about 10 days (9 October), the first completely refurbished Panthers will be delivered to the troops.

Planned Deliveries

The September numbers show the previous month's expected deliveries for September. The October numbers show the expected deliveries for October. The Sturmgeschütz number is the number of assault guns that were allocated for Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppe, not the total production.

Vehicle September October
Pz Kpfw IV 285 290
Panther 200 247
Tiger I 70 80
Sturmgeschütz 109 100

Pz Kpfw IV

September allocation

Unit Planned Assigned Dispatched
14. Panzer-Division 20 20 20
16. Panzer-Division 5 5 5
21. Panzer-Division 53 53 30
Reinforcements (East) 1502 150 90
Export (Bulgaria) 15 - -
Export (Spain) 10 - -
Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppe 25 25 10
Total 278 253 155

October plan

Unit Planned Allocation Note
25. Panzer-Division 21 New strength: 73
Reinforcements (East) 180 -
[lang=de]Reinforcements (South) 30 -
[lang=de]233. Reserve-Panzer-Division 6 New strength: 14
LVIII. Reserve-Panzer-Korps 10 New strength: 26
Total 247 -

Panther

September allocation

Unit Planned Assigned Dispatched
I./Panzer-Regiment 2 73 73 73
I./Panzer-Regiment 31 73 - -
Reinforcements (East) 31 - -
Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppe 24 - -
Total 201 73 73

Table Note

Due to necessary refittings, it is not expected that any more vehicles will be assigned. Up until 29 September, the ordnance depots have received the following vehicles that must all be refurbished:

  • 53 Pz. Kpfw. Panther
  • 8 Berge-Panther
  • 14 Bef.-Panther

October plan

Unit Planned Allocation Note
III./Panzer-Regiment 4 73 -
I./Panzer-Regiment 6 73 -
I./Panzer-Regiment 31 23 Another 50 were waiting to be refurbished, though this was noted to be uncertain.
Reinforcements (East) 40 -
Total 209 -

Tiger I

September allocation

Unit Planned Assigned Dispatched
schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509 45 32 32
Reinforcements (East) 153 15 15
Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppe 10 10 -
Total 70 57 57

Of the 21 command tanks in the ordnance depots, 18 are being converted to combat tanks, of which 13 are designated for Pz. Abt. 509. Due to the urgent Panther refurbishing, the conversions will be completed around 15 October.

October plan

Unit Planned Allocation Note
schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501 45 -
2. SS-Tiger Abteilung 10 New strength: 37, with 8 more expected in November.
Reinforcements (East) 25 -
Total 80 -

Sturmgeschütz

September allocation

Unit Planned Assigned Dispatched
10. Panzer-Grenadier-Division4 12 12 12
16. Panzer-Grenadier-Division5 14 14 14
20. Panzer-Grenadier-Division4 42 42 42
25. Panzer-Grenadier-Division4 22 22 12
11. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division4 4 4 -
Reserve-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 3, 5, and 9 15 15 5
Total 109 109 85

October plan

Unit Planned Allocation Note
10. Panzer-Grenadier-Division 30 After which unit will be fully equipped.
18. Panzer-Grenadier-Division 22 Remaining 20 in November
25. Panzer-Grenadier-Division 20 After which unit will be fully equipped.
24. Panzer-Grenadier-Division 20 After which unit will be fully equipped.
Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppe 25 -
Total 100 -

Notes

  1. The original document has been modified from "Is expected to be" to "Will be". Back
  2. Of which 2., 3., and 5. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division were allocated 10 each. Back
  3. Of which 2. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division was allocated 5. Back
  4. For tank battalion. Back
  5. For anti-tank battalion. Back

Sources

  1. Führervortrag am 29. 9. 43. Berlin : Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppen, 1943. 6 p. NARA T78 R720.