The Panzer-Aufklärungskompanie (armored reconnaissance company) was used in armored units. It could be used either as an independent unit or as part of a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung (armored reconnaissance battalion). The table of organization and equipment came into effect on 18 December 1943, where it replaced the 1 March 1942 version.

Summary

Unit outline

  • Unit command
    • Company headquarters
  • 1st platoon
    • Platoon headquarters
    • 3 Squad
  • 2nd platoon
    • Platoon headquarters
    • 3 Squad
  • 3rd platoon
    • Platoon headquarters
    • 3 Squad
  • Mortar section
  • Motor vehicle maintenance section
  • Combat train
  • Baggage train

Manpower and equipment

The numbers in the table refer to the original organization. See the list of changes below.

Unit command 1st platoon 2nd platoon 3rd platoon Mortar section Motor vehicle maintenance section Combat train Baggage train Total
Personnel
Officers 1 1 1 - - - - - 3
Non-commissioned officers 5 9 9 10 3 4 4 1 45
Enlisted 11 34 34 34 15 9 9 3 149
Weapons
Rifles 14 24 24 24 8 12 11 4 121
Pistols 1 12 12 12 9 1 1 - 48
Submachine guns 5 12 12 12 5 - 1 - 47
Light machine guns 3 14 14 14 4 - - - 49
7,5 cm Kw K (L/24) - 1 1 1 - - - - 3
8 cm Granatwerfer 34 - - - - 2 - - - 2
Vehicles
Light cars 1 - - - - - 1 - 2
Open, cross-country, 2 ton truck1 - - - - - 2 - - 2
Open, 3 ton truck - - - - - - - 1 1
Open, cross-country, 3 ton truck - - - - - - 3 - 3
Open, cross-country, 5 ton truck - - - - - 2 - - 2
Leichter Zugkraftwagen 3 ton (Sd Kfz 11) - - - - - 1 - - 1
Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/1) 1 7 7 7 - - - - 22
Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/3) 2 - - - - - - - 2
Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (8 cm Gr W 34) (Sd Kfz 250/7)2 - - - - 4 - - - 4
Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (7,5 cm Kan) (Sd Kfz 250/8) - 1 1 1 - - - - 3
Light motorcycles 2 - - - - - - - 2
Kleines Kettenkraftrad (Sd Kfz 2)3 2 - - - - - - - 2

Organization and Equipment

Full name: Panzer-Aufklärungskompanie (gepanzert)

Abbreviation: Panz Aufkl Kp (gp)

Number: 1113 (gp.)

Date: 1 November 1943

The following changes were made to the table of organization and equipment:

Date Change
2 May 1944 Company troop runner ceased also being voice radio operator.
12 July 1944
  • Each platoon changed from 12 rifles and 12 pistols to 18 rifles and 6 pistols.
  • 1 enlisted armored radio mechanic armed with a rifle was removed from the motor maintenance section.
  • 1 weapons sergeant helper started also being truck co-driver.
These changes increased the number of rifles from 121 to 148, and decreased the number of pistols from 60 to 42. They also decreased the number of enlisted men by 1.
  • Unit command
    • Company headquarters
    • 1 Medical sergeant (NCO - G)
      • Pistols: 1
      • Enlisted
      • 2 Radio operator (Enlisted - M)
        • Until 2 May 1944: 1 also Voice radio operator
        • Rifles: 2
      • 1 Messenger (Enlisted - M)
        • Also Voice radio operator
        • Rifles: 1
      • 1 Ammunition handler (Enlisted - M)
        • Also Secondary prime mover driver
        • Rifles: 1
      • 4 Motorcycle messenger (Enlisted - M)
        • Rifles: 4
        • Light motorcycles (350 cc): 2
        • Kleines Kettenkraftrad3: 2
      • 1 Car driver (Enlisted - M)
        • Rifles: 1
      • 2 Prime mover driver (Enlisted - M)
        • Rifles: 2
      • Equipment
      • 1 Light car (4 seats)
      • 1 Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/1)
        • For carrying equipment
        • Submachine guns: 1
        • Light machine guns: 1
      • 2 Leichter Funkpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/3)
        • Submachine guns: 2
        • Light machine guns: 2
  • 1st platoon
    • Platoon headquarters
      • Non-commissioned officers
      • 1 Platoon headquarters leader (NCO - G)
        • Also Voice radio operator
        • Pistols: 1
      • 1 Gun commander (NCO - G)
        • Also Voice radio operator
        • Pistols: 1
      • 1 Prime mover driver (NCO - G)
        • Rifles: 1
      • Enlisted
      • 1 Armored vehicle crewman (Enlisted - M)
        • Pistols: 1
      • 1 Messenger (Enlisted - M)
        • Also Voice radio operator
        • Rifles: 1
      • 1 Prime mover driver (Enlisted - M)
        • Rifles: 1
      • 1 Stretcher bearer (Enlisted - M)
        • Pistols: 1
      • Equipment
      • 1 Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/1)
        • Submachine guns: 1
        • Light machine guns: 1
      • 1 Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (7,5 cm Kan) (Sd Kfz 250/8)
        • Submachine guns: 1
        • Light machine guns: 1
        • 7,5 cm Kw K (L/24): 1
    • 3 Squad
      • Non-commissioned officers
      • 3 Squad leader (NCO - G)
        • Also Voice radio operator
        • Submachine guns: 3
      • 3 Deputy Squad leader (NCO - G)
        • Also Voice radio operator
        • Rifles: 3
      • Enlisted
      • 24 Machine gunner and Rifleman (Enlisted - M)
        • From 12 July 1944: 18 rifles and 6 pistols
        • Rifles: 12
        • Pistols: 12
      • Equipment
      • 6 Light machine guns
      • 6 Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/1)
        • Submachine guns: 6
        • Light machine guns: 6
  • 2nd platoon (as 1st platoon)
  • 3rd platoon (as 1st platoon, but with NCO (O) Platoon commander)
  • Mortar section
    • Non-commissioned officers
    • 1 Squad leader (NCO - G)
      • Also Voice radio operator
      • Submachine guns: 1
    • 2 Team leader (NCO - G)
      • Also Voice radio operator
      • Pistols: 2
    • Enlisted
    • 10 Mortar crewmen (Enlisted - M)
    • 1 Range finder operator (Enlisted - M)
      • Pistols: 1
    • 4 Prime mover driver (Enlisted - M)
      • Rifles: 4
    • Equipment
    • 2 Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (8 cm Gr W 34) (Sd Kfz 250/7)
      • Submachine guns: 2
      • Light machine guns: 2
      • 8 cm Granatwerfer 34: 2
    • 1 Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/7)
      • For Squad leader. Without mortar.
      • Submachine guns: 1
      • Light machine guns: 1
    • 1 Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 250/7)
      • For ammunition. Without mortar.
      • Submachine guns: 1
      • Light machine guns: 1
  • Combat train
    • Enlisted
    • 2 Assistant armorer (Enlisted - M)
      • From 12 July 1944: 1 also secondary Truck driver
      • Rifles: 2
    • 1 Writing clerk (Enlisted - M)
      • Also secondary Truck driver
      • Rifles: 1
    • 1 Ammunition and equipment handler (Enlisted - M)
      • Also secondary Truck driver
      • Rifles: 1
    • 1 Field kitchen cook (Enlisted - M)
      • Rifles: 1
    • 1 Car driver (Enlisted - M)
      • Rifles: 1
    • 3 Truck driver (Enlisted - M)
      • Rifles: 3
    • Equipment
    • 1 Light, cross-country car (4 seats)
    • 1 Open, cross-country, 3 ton truck
      • For fuel
    • 1 Open, cross-country, 3 ton truck
      • For ammunition
    • 1 Open, cross-country, 3 ton truck
      • For large field kitchen cooker
  • Baggage train
    • Non-commissioned officers
    • 1 Baggage train leader, Bookkeeper (NCO - G)
      • Rifles: 1
    • Enlisted
    • 1 Truck driver (Enlisted - M)
      • Rifles: 1
    • 1 Shoe maker (Enlisted - M)
    • 1 Tailor (Enlisted - M)
    • Equipment
    • 1 Open 3 ton truck
      • For baggage

Remarks

  • 10 company members were to be designated as Auxiliary stretcher bearer.
  • Of the 45 NCOs, 3 were Oberfeldwebel (Technical sergeant) and 8 Feldwebel (Staff sergeant).
  • The company was to have a Gas detection squad consisting of 1 non-commissioned officer and 3 enlisted.
  • When in occupied territory, 3 of the enlisted positions in the Combat train were to be manned by Foreign volunteers. The positions to be filled were at the discretion of the unit commander.

Notes

  1. Alternatively Kfz 2/40. Back
  2. 2 of which do not have mortars. Back
  3. Alternatively motorcycles with side cars. Back

Sources

  1. Panzer-Aufklärungskompanie (gepanzert) (Panz.Aufkl.Kp.(gp.)). Berlin : Allgemeines Heeresamt, 1943. 4 p. K St N 1113 (gp.), 1.11.1943. NARA T78 R393.
  2. Allgemeine Heeresmitteilungen : Elfter Jahrgang 1944. Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres, 1944. BArch RH 1/167.