21 Panzer Division: German Records
(K.St.N.), wartime organization tables, are available
for 21 Panzer Division. The following is one such chart with explanation and references.
chart is from 1 May, 1944, 7AOK Kriegtagbuch 1.5.44, National Archives,
Captured German Documents section 312, roll 1566.
Note that each component
unit is contained within a block, with symbols representing
troop types and armament.
depicts 22 Panzer Regiment in June, composed of 8 Companies of tanks and
Headquarters units for Regiment and each Tank Battalion. The I. Battalion is fully re-equipped with Mk IV tanks. The II. Battalion still retains some ex-French Somua tanks. This battalion is due to be refitted with Mk V Panther tanks.
However, 21 Pz Div definitely discarded its French tanks shortly before D-Day. The crews were
already at Mailly-le-Camp (near Paris), to await delivery of Pzkpfw IVs when D-Day occurred.
shows the Reconnaissance Battalion of 21 Panzer. Companies are shown
shows the two Panzer Grenadier Regiments (192 and 125). Each Regimental
HQ Company has 3 50mm AT guns,a section of Pioneers, and a motorcycle
platoon. Each Regiment is supported by a company of 6 self-propelled howitzers
and a company of a section of 4 self-propelled 81mm multiple mortar launchers
and a section of 4 self-propelled rail 150mm rocket launchers. The first
(Armored) battalion of each Regiment is carried in half-tracks of French
design. There are 3 infantry companies and 1 heavy weapons support company
per battalion. Each infantry company has a section of 3 75mm howitzers.
The support company has 3 20mm AA guns on French P107 half-tracks and
3 75mm AT guns on French Somua half-tracks. The second (Motorized) battalion
of each Regiment is carried in assorted trucks.
The commander notes there were 50 different types! Each battalion is organized as
the Armored battalions.
shows the Division Flak Battalion. The first two batteries were equipped
88mm anti-aircraft guns. The next three batteries were equipped with 20mm anti-aircraft guns. A section of the 5th Battery contained 2 quadruple-barrelled 20mm anti-aircraft guns.
|This shows Anti-tank Battalion 200. Just prior to D-Day, the battalion was re-organized from two batteries of 12 88mm towed Anti-tank guns to three batteries of 6 guns each.|
|This shows Assault-gun Battalion 200. The HQ company is equipped with 12 47mm AT guns on Renault 35 chassis. There is also a section of towed 75mm Anti-tank guns. The four gun companies consist of self-propelled Anti-tank guns (75mm) or artillery (105mm), built on ex-French Hotchkiss chassis.|
is the Engineer Battalion for the Division. The first two companies were
transported in half-tracks. The third was carried in trucks. The fourth
is the bridging section, which also carried pneumatic boats for crossing
|This map shows the deployment of the Division just prior to the invasion.|
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39-45 Magazine, Number 1, Editions Heimdal, December 1983, pages 13-19.