Panzer-Grenadier-Division 1944

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Reorganization

On 20 August 1944, the following order was issued by Heinz Guderian regarding the organization of Panzer-Grenadier-Divisionen (armored infantry divisions), to be implemented on 1 October 1944:

The Panzer-Grenadier-Division 44 table of organization and equipment immediately applies to all armored infantry divisions.

Within the limits of the available personnel and materiel, the armored infantry divisions must be reorganized according to this organization. The status of the reorganization must be included in the monthly status reports.

Exceptions:

  • Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Division Feldherrnhalle

A special organization applies to these divisions.

The two most important differences between the Panzer-Grenadier-Division 1944 and earlier Panzer-Grenadier-Division 1943 were:

Authorized Strength

Because of space limitations, the unit names are abbreviated with letters in the table headers. Refer to the key below in reading the tables. There were two motorized infantry regiments in a division.

Personnel

a b c d e f g1 g2 h i j k l m n o Total
3,7 cm Flak 2 cm Flak
Officers 26 150 23 21 17 58 18 18 17 13 17 19 5 1 17 - 402 402
Administrators 10 18 3 4 3 11 3 3 5 3 1 2 6 7 4 3 83 83
Non-commissioned officers 99 1 056 185 224 145 370 131 129 114 87 91 101 40 33 83 7 2 766 2 764
Privates 128 4 990 794 353 310 1 141 483 457 699 324 64 545 230 192 426 8 10 687 10 661
Total 263 6 214 1 005 602 475 1 580 635 607 835 427 973 667 281 233 530 18 14 738 14 710
Of which foreign volunteers 8 168 25 45 21 76 30 30 44 13 14 106 46 26 68 - 690 690

Weapons

a b c d e f g1 g2 h i j k l m n o Total
3,7 cm Flak 2 cm Flak
Infantry Weapons
Rifles 159 4 056 704 319 271 1 239 555 526 622 373 73 614 253 216 457 15 9 926 9 897
Pistols 87 1 528 197 201 145 166 38 39 141 19 40 44 28 14 27 3 2 678 2 679
Sub-machine guns 16 632 87 44 37 153 42 42 74 35 86 9 - 3 12 - 1 230 1 230
Sub-machine guns (in vehicles) - 17 49 23 - - - - - - - - - - - - 89 89
Light machine guns 7 406 35 14 16 44 12 13 64 13 50 42 8 8 12 1 732 733
Light machine guns (in vehicles) - - 16 48 22 - - - - - - - - - - - 86 86
Heavy machine guns - 76 12 - - - - - 6 - 12 - - - - - 106 106
Field Artillery
Medium mortars - 40 12 - - - - - 6 - 12 - - - - - 64 64
Heavy mortars - 24 - - - - - - - - 2 - - - - - 26 26
s I G 33 (towed) - 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 8
le F H 18 (towed) - - - - - 36 - - - - 1 - - - - - 37 37
s F H 18 (towed) - - - - - 12 - - - - - - - - - - 12 12
10 cm K 18 (towed) - - - - - 4 - - - - - - - - - - 4 4
Anti-aircraft Weapons
2 cm Flak 38 (towed) - 36 - - - - 6 17 - - 1 - - - - - 43 54
2 cm Gebirgsflak (towed) - - - - - 9 - - - - - - - - - - 9 0
2 cm Flakvierling (self-propelled) - - - 3 - - 3 - - - - - - - - - 6 3
3,7 cm Flak (towed) - - - - - - 9 - - - - - - - - - 9 0
8,8 cm Flak (towed) - - - - - - 12 12 - - - - - - - - 12 12
600 mm searchlight - - - - - - 4 4 - - - - - - - - 4 4
Tank and Anti-tank Artillery
7,5 cm Pak 39 - - - - - 22 - - - - - - - - - - 22 22
7,5 cm Pak 40 - 6 - - 12 - - - - - 1 - - - - - 19 19
2 cm Kw K 38 - - 13 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 13
5 cm Kw K 39 (L/60) - - - 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 3
7,5 cm K 37 - - 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 3
7,5 cm Stu K 40 (L/48) - - - 42 - - - - - - - - - - - - 42 42

Vehicles

In the original order, the tank destroyer battalion has a temporary assignment of 23 Jagdpanzer IV, rather than the fully authorized strength of 31.

a b c d e f g1 g2 h i j k l m n o Total
3,7 cm Flak 2 cm Flak
Armored Vehicles
Befehlswagen IV - - - 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 3
Assault guns - - - 42 - - - - - - - - - - - - 42 42
Sd Kfz 251 - - - 4 1 - - - - 2 - - - - - - 7 7
  • Light armored cars or
  • Heavy armored cars
- - 17 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 17 17
- - 20 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20 20
Jagdpanzer IV - - - - 31 - - - - - - - - - - - 31 31
Bergepanzer III - - - - 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 2 2
Motorcycles
Sd Kfz 2 - 230 6 14 17 13 7 7 30 5 - - - - - - 322 322
Motorcycles with sidecars 23 2 1 4 - - - - 5 1 - 13 - - 7 - 56 56
Light motorcycles 6 - 14 4 - 17 5 5 4 7 - 31 5 3 1 - 97 97
Cars
Light cars 5 - - 1 - 3 - - - - - 20 - 4 2 - 35 35
Medium cars 5 - - - - - - - - - - 5 2 - - 1 13 13
Light cross-country cars 17 342 175 26 27 135 30 30 25 31 7 5 4 1 14 - 839 839
Medium cross-country cars 4 2 - 2 2 - - - 4 - - - - - - - 14 14
Heavy cross-country cars 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1
Trucks
Light trucks 7 - - - 3 6 - - 5 - - 5 - 2 4 2 34 34
Medium trucks 9 34 4 19 14 33 7 7 52 24 2 193 13 26 38 - 468 468
Heavy trucks - - - - - - 7 7 15 - - 2 26 - - - 50 50
Light cross-country trucks 1 346 31 4 8 61 24 24 13 39 - 1 - 1 3 - 532 532
Medium cross-country trucks - 172 30 19 18 67 25 25 25 5 - 2 - - - - 363 363
Heavy cross-country trucks 2 - - 24 3 1 5 5 - - - - - - - - 35 35
Other Transport Vehicles
Maultier - 110 - 12 21 - - - 19 - - 2 - - 8 - 172 172
Ambulances - 6 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 - - - - - 45 - 59 59
Busses 4 - - 1 - - - - - - - 2 5 3 - 1 16 16
Trailers 1 10 2 4 3 9 42 42 7 3 - - 22 8 6 - 117 117
Sd Kfz 100 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 - - - 2 2
Half-tracks
Sd Kfz 10 - - - 8 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 10 10
Sd Kfz 11 - 16 1 - - 30 6 6 - - - - - - - - 53 53
Sd Kfz 7 - 6 1 3 - 12 6 6 1 - - - 2 - - - 31 31
Sd Kfz 8 - - - - - - 12 12 - - - - - - - - 12 12
Sd Kfz 9 - - - 4 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 6 6
Sd Kfz 9/1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1

Sources

  1. Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppe. Vorläufige Sollstärken einer Pz.Gren.Div. 43. Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres. 2 p.
  2. Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppe. Gliederung Pz.Gren.Div.44. Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres, 1944. 10 p. Gen. Insp. d. Pz. Tr. Abt. Org. Nr. I/18 800/44 g.Kdos..