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Short history of I./ SS-Pz.Rgt. 3, Panther,  1942 to 1945

© Michael Wood

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1942


8.3.42

SS-FHA:
structure for SS-T-Div
"the Führer has passed the attached structure for the SS-T-Div. ..."

8.4.42 SS-FHA orders the formation of 3 Panzer-Abteilungen.
20.5.42 Orders issued calling for the establishment of a Panzer Abteilung for SS-Division Totenkopf for the 1.6.42, with 2 Light Panzer Kompanien and 1 Medium Panzer Kompanie.

1.6.42

SS Panzer-Abteilung 4 is formed at Weimar-Buchenwald. Panzer crew training is carried out at the Panzer training school Putlos under the supervision of the German Army. The first volunteers are sent from the SS.Pz.Jg.Ers.Abt in Hilversum.

30.8.42 SS-Pz.Abt. 4 is transferred from WEIMAR-BUCHENWALD to SUIPPE in France for further formation training. The first Panzers are issued to the Abteilung during late September 1942, in ANGOULEME.

14.10.42 SS-Pz.Abt. 4 is re-designated as I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3, as orders are issued for the formation of an SS-Pz.Rgt. for the Totenkopf Division.

The first military exercise takes place on field 3 Km long, during the exercise, a lot of the Panzers breakdown due factory faults during the manufacturing process.



7.11.42
A Pz.Kpfwg. III-Kompanie with 18 Pz III from I./SS.Pz.Rgt. 3 is detached to a mobile Battle Group from Division Totenkopf during the operation to over take Vichy France. The Kompanie returns to the Panzerregiment by the 20.12.42.


1943
3.2.43 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 entrains for Russia, the Abteilung unloads on POLTAWA on the 12.2.43.


31.2.43 to 26.3.43 Combat operations during the offensive against KHARKOV. On the 26.3.43 the Abteilung is moved into the area South of BJELEGOROD.


2.4.43 I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3 situated in Nikolskoje.
9.5.43 Transfer to a new rest area near JUSHY, were further training and refitting continues. The move takes 2 days to complete. I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3 is re-organized with 1 Light Panzer Kompanie and 2 Medium Panzer Kompanien.
1.6.43 2. Kompanie, I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3 is equipped with 14 Panzer IV, same as 5 Kompanie, II/SS.Pz.Rgt 3, on the 5.6.43. I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3 is attached to Kampfgruppe Baum. Continuation training continues until the end of June in readiness for Operation Zitadelle.


5.7.43 to 17.7.43

Combat operations in the KURSK Salient.


29.7.43 to 3.8.43 Combat operations against the Soviet Mius bridgehead.


21.9.43 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 entrains in POLTAWA. The remaining Panzers are handed over to II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3. The Abteilung arrives in GRAFENWOEHR on the 28.9.43.
27.9.43 The wheeled vehicles of I/SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 are under the command of the Abteilung TFK. The column moves to KREMENTSCHUG were they have to wait 2 days before crossing the bridge over the Dnjepr River. After crossing the bridge, the column moves into the area of Alexandria for loading onto rail transports. The rail journey is from ALEXANDRIA-KRIWOJ-ROG-KISCHINIEW(Romanie)-JASSY-BUDAPEST-WIEN and finally arriving in GRAFENWOEHR on the 7.10.43. Also during October 1943, 4 Kompanie is formed in GRAFENWOEHR.
13.10.43 SS-Stubaf E. Meierdress awarded the Oakleaves to the Knightscross.


1.11.43 Gen.In.d.Pz.Tr. plans to re-issue I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 with the Panthers returned by I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 1. Instead these Panther are issued to other units.


31.12.43 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 reports its manpower level is at full strength with 1000 men.


 


 

 

 

1944
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13.1.44 The first 4 Panther arrive. The Abteilung in terms of manpower is at full strength. Through out February 1944, the Abteilung has difficulties with the supply of new Panther. Also during January, SS-Ustuf. Kaden is appointed commander of the Versorg.Komp.


3.3.44

6 Panther arrive, each Kompanie has 2 Panther for training purposes. On the 25.3.44 it’s reported that the Abteilung is still missing it’s allocation of 89 trucks, the Gen.Ins.d.Pz.Tr. expects these trucks to be provided via an exchange with another SS-Division.



31.3.44

The Abteilung is still situated in GRAFENWOEHR under the command of SS-Sturmbannführer E. Meierdress. With immediate effect I./SS.Pz.Rgt. 3 is ordered by SS-FHA to be transferred to ARCIS-SU-AUBE and report to to the staff of Panzerbrigade 10 (REIMS) for further unit training. During March 1944, the Abteilung is again having trouble with the supply of new tanks.

1.4.44 I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3 entrained in GRAFENWOEHR for rail transport to France.
10.4.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 reports to the staff of Panzer Brigade 10 at MAILLY-LE-CAMP. Various training detachments are sent to the Panther Lehrgang in ERLANGEN for training courses, transport is via SEDAN. At the end of April 1944, by order of Gen.Ins.d.Pz.Tr., I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is ordered to hand over 5 Panther to SS-Pz.Rgt. 1.


1.5.44

Status  Report. 1.5.44, I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3

Under the command of Pz.Brig. 10

Manpower.

Officers. Authorised 33, shortfall 3

NCO’s. 364/ 15

OR’s. 679/ 31

Total. 1076/ 49


Replacements. Off 2, NCO and OR 2

Casualties, from 1.4.44 to 30.4.44. 1 dead, 1 in Hospital.


Vehicles.

AFV.

Panther. Authorised 76/ Operational 4/ In repair 1

SPW. 5/-/-.


Motorcycles.

Ketten. 6/-/-.

B.Wg. 1/1/1.

Solo. 28/13/1


Field Cars.

Off Road. 54/3/1

On Road. -/2/-


Trucks.

Maultiere. 7/5/1.

Off Road. 95/3/-

On Road. 15/29/3.


Prime Movers.

1-5t. 9/-/-.

8-18t. 14/-/-

RSO. -/-/-


Weapons.

Rifles. 510/510

Pistols. 476/476

Sub.Mg. 114/110

MG 34. 169/34

2cm Flak. 3/-

7.5cm Kwk. 76/5


Commanders Comments.

Status of Training.

With the return of those elements that attended the Demostration Team at Erlangen, on the 30.4.44, the greater part of the training of the Abteilung has been completed.

On the 6.5.44, within the Abteilung, the one on one training for the Panther should be completed, the following week, Platoon training should commence and will be finished by the end of May.


Status of Equipment.

By order of the Gen.Insp.d.Pz.Tr., the Abteilung with 10 Pz V on hand, has had to hand over 5 Pz V to 1 SS.Pz.Div, L.A.H. Just as the Abteilung was to begin Platoon training, the inventory of 5 Pz V is not sufficient nor satisfactory for future training at the Platoon level.

A new delivery of wheeled vehicles has not yet arrived. The vehicles brought back with the Abteilung have been ready since November 1943 after a complete overhaul in various maintenance depots and need transportation.

With repairs, there is a protracted shortage of spare parts and specialised vehicles. With the current training and organisation, a scarce shortage of workshop vehicles is particularly noticeable. The moral and health of the troops is good.

Signed. Meierdress.


Pz.Bde 10 Commander´s Comments.

In agreement with the valued judgement of the Abt.Kdr.


The tank one on one training for the combat crews and combat sections is primarily completed. Presently the crew training is at the Platoon level and the performance so far is satisfactory. With 5 Pz V on hand, it is not ideal for training purposes, a new allocation of at least 5 Pz V is reasonable for future Platoon training. The shortage of spare parts and repairs is effecting further proposed combat training.


Signed. Oberst Streit, Kdr Rgt.Ausb.Stab



23.6.44 A collection party is sent to HZA BRESLAU and MAGDEBURG to collect new Panther


1.6.44

Status Report. 1.6.44, I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3.

Under the Command of Pz.Brig. 10.


Manpower.

Off. 36/3

NCO. 358/8

OR. 683/26.

Total. 1077/37


Replacements.

Off. 2

NCO and OR. 2

Convalesed. 1


Casualties, 1.5.44 to 1.6.44

6 in Hospital, 2 others sick.


Away on Courses for 12 to 18 months. 1 man.


Vehicles.


AFV

Panther. 76/3/2

SPW. 5/-/-


Motorcycles

Ketten. 6/-/-

B.Wg. -/1/-

Solo. 28/13/-


Field Cars.

Off Road. 54/3/-

On Road. 1/1/-


Trucks.

Maultiere. 7/5/1

Off Road. 104/2/1

On Road. 8/30/6

Trailers. 9/2/-

Prime Movers

1-5t. 14/-/2

8-18t. 14/-/-

RSO. -/-/-


Weapons.

Rifles. 516/510

Pistols. 559/575

Sub.Mg. 124/98

MG 34. 124/98

MG 42. 152/9

2cm Flak. 3/3/-


Commanders Comments.

At present the Abteilung has 5 Pz V on hand, another 5 Pz V that has been allocated has not yet arrived. The stock of wheeled vehicles on strength is still unchanged. From the last status report, about 50% of the vehicle stock is still in the HKP and need transporting.

Due to transport problems the maintenance vehicles could arrive any week, as yet a new allocation has not taken place. The personnel requirements of the Abteilung and Pioneer Platoon are at full strength.

The Abteilung is still conducting Platoon training and also target practise, with MG and main gun. Due to a shortage of tanks, fuel and training ammunition, this has impaired the skill level significantly.


Signed, Meierdress.


Pz.Brig. 10 Commanders Comments.

I agree with the Abt.Kdr. The Abteilung has had to carry external security duties in the HML area of Troyes, and has caused a loss of 8 to 10 days training, therefore training has been stepped up.


Signed, Koppenburg



1.7.44

Status Report, 1.7.44. I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3

Under the Command of. Pz.Brig. 10


Manpower.

Off. 34/1

NCO. 353/-

OR. 597/-

Total. 984/1


Casualties 1.6.44 to 1.7.44. None

Replacements. None

Away for 12-18 months. 1 man


AFV

Panther. 76/6/4

BPz V. 2/2/-

SPW. 5/-/-


Motorcycles.

Ketten. 16/-/-

B.Wg.-/1/-

Solo. 5/12/2

Field Cars.

Off Road. 37/2/-

On Road. 1/-/-.


Trucks.

Mauliere. 8/6/-

Off Road. 96/2/1

On Road. 4/27/5


Prime Movers

1-5t. 9/-/2

8-18t. 10/-/-

RSO. -/-/-

Trailers. 8/2/-


Weapons.

Rifles. 420/512

Pistols. 414/574

Sub.Mg. 109/103

MG 34. 152/9

MG 42. 25/17

2cm Flak. 3/3


Commanders Comments

The Abteilung now has 10 Pz V and 2 BPz V, another allocation of 10 Pz V has not yet arrived. 50% of the Abteilungs vehicles are still in the HKP, maintenance vehicles are enroute. A new allocation of vehicles that was due to have taken place, have still yet, not arrived.

Personnel levels in the Abteilung and Pioneer Platoon are at full strength. The Abteilung is still conducting Platoon training. On the Gunnery range at least 3 KwK main guns have been used for target practise.

Again, fuel shortages for tactical training are still affecting training. With regards to the supply of ammunition, no problems or difficulties.


Signed, Meierdress.


Pz.Brig. Commanders Comments.

I agree with the Abt.Kdr, there is a slim chance of larger scale training exercises, only if more fuel is released.


Signed, Koppenburg



1.7.44 The Abteilung reports it has only 50% of its wheeled vehicles and is still waiting for a new allocation from HVP.


1.7.44

Officer Positions, Stand 1.7.44

Kdr. SS-Stubaf. Meierdress.

Adj. SS-Ostuf. Strobl

Ord.Off-SS-Ustuf. Stege

Stab.Kp-SS-Ostuf Nadel

1 Kp. SS-Hstuf. Riefkogel

2 Kp. SS-Hstuf. Geiling

3 Kp. SS-Hstuf. Zech

4 Kp. SS-Ostuf. Lummitsch


Versorg.Kp. SS-Ustuf. Kaden.



7.7.44

I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is ordered to GRAFENWOEHR to complete equipping with Panther. The remaining vehicle allocation is to be supervised by WK XIII.
While at Grafenwohr, limited exercises are completed. 



19.7.44 Orders are issued for I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 to be transported by rail and rejoin SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf, which is now under the command of Hgr Mitte.


22.7.44

The first rail transport leaves GRAFENWOEHR for Hgr Mitte, GFM Model is informed that the Abteilung is en-route with 78 Panther.



24.7.44

At 22.30 hrs the first transport arrives with 8 Panther in Warsaw East railway station. Unloading is carried out in total darkness due to the Russian air threat. At 01.05 am on the 25.7.44, the first 7 Panther are formed as an advance party with elements of the Motorised II./Gren.Rgt. 170, 73 Inf.Div. At 01.00 am on the 25.7.44 the advance party depart WARSAW for SIEDLCE and enters the town at 04.00 am. During the march 2 Panther are left behind in WENGROW and later rejoin the Abteilung on the 26.7.44 along with 6 other wheeled vehicles. At 23.45 hrs on the 24.7.44 the second transport arrives with 10 Panther and begins unloading. At 23.35 hrs the Ia Hgr Mitte informs the Ia A.O.K 2 that the first transport has arrived and another 70 Panther are expected.



25.7.44 By 07.30 am another 4 rail transports have arrived in Warsaw East railway station. By 09.30 am it’s reported that a total of 6 transports have arrived and unloaded. At midday some 43 Panther are assembled and ordered to proceed to SIEDLCE. During the early morning the Battle Commander for SIEDLCE reports that the first 10 Panther have been a great help. At 07.25 am only 5 Panther remain operational with another 5 Panther requiring a new allocation of fuel. At 08.25am another 5 Panther roll into SIEDLCE from WARSAW. At 08.30 am the Ia of the 73 Inf.Div. reports that 1 Panther-Kompanie and all of II./Gren.Rgt. are in place. The 5 Panther without fuel receive a new allocation of fuel between 10.30 to 10.45 am. During the afternoon at 13.27pm the last 2 rail transports arrive in WARSAW EAST railway station carrying the last battle elements. The Panther depart WARSAW at 15.30 hrs. At 19.55 hrs 20 Panther are used for an attack on MIEDZYREC, 1 Kp encounters strong Russian anti-tank gun fire from the reverse slop of a railway embankment, the attack is called off and 1 Kp returns to SIEDLCE. Later that night elements of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 are used near GOLICE until the early hours of the 26.7.44

 

 

 


 


1944
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26.7.44

At 09.00 am the last 2 transports of the Abteilung arrive in WARSAW EAST carrying the Pz.Werkstatt Zug and the Versorg.-Kompanie. At 19.50 hrs 20 wheeled vehicles depart WARSAW for SIEDLCE from the Pz.Werkstatt Zug, 6 more wheeled vehicles follow on at 20.00 hrs. 32 wheeled vehicles from the Versorg.-Kompanie leave WARSAW for SIEDLCE. Arrival and unloading of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is completed. On the 26.7.44 1 Kp with 20 Panther is assembled and placed under the command of VIII. A.K., SS-Totenkopf requests their return by 02.45 hrs on the 27.7.44, VIII. A.K. issues 300 round of 7.5 cm KwK and 100,000 rounds of 7.92 belt ammunition. The Panther depart for LOSICE, during its time with VIII. A.K, 1 Kp is situated in the woods North West of MSZANNA, the Panther actually return to Divisional control at 01.50 hrs on the 27.7.44. While I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is under the command of SS-Hstuf. Riefkogel, he is given orders to free up the roads around MORDY. Riefkogel plans to use 3 Kp to advance along the road to MIEDZYREC, 2 Kp to advance North on BORKI and after that, North East to GOLICE. Elements of 4 Kp to attack South West towards SKOZEC, later XX. A.K. reports that all attacks have been repelled with strong Russian tank and anti-tank gun fire. The Abteilung returns to SIEDLCE during the early hours on the 27.7.44.


27.7.44 During the day the Abteilung remains inactive due to on going fuel shortages. A new allocation of fuel is promised during the afternoon. 1 Kp is used as the Divisional reserve, while the bulk of the Abteilung is moved into the area of MSZANNA.

28.7.44 During the afternoon Battlegroup Meierdress is formed with the Stabs.Kp and 1 Kp, along with 2 Kpn from III./SS-Pz.Gr.Rgt. 5 Totenkopf. Their task is to advance on MORDY. The Battle group has 23 Panther. At 13.00 hrs, the Battlegroup departs the East exit road of SIEDLCE, where it comes under heavy Russian artillery fire. The operation is too completed by midnight on the 29.7.44, but due to the combat situation the Battlegroup has to fight its way back to SIEDLCE during the early morning hours on the 29.7.44. During the afternoon of the 28.7.44, 8 Panther and 1 Panzer IV are fighting on the Eastern outskirts of SIEDLCE.

29.7.44 At around midday Russian Forces try to enter SIEDLCE, but the Panther and Panzer IV of SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 launch counter attacks. At 17.45 hrs, the first Russian tanks enter SIEDLCE, but are pushed back by elements of 2nd and 4th Kompanie.

30.7.44

During the day the Panther of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 are engaged in street fighting with Russian tanks, as Russian Forces try to enter the town from the West and East. Later that night SIEDLCE is given up by 03.00 hrs on the 31.7.44. I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 withdraws to the North towards SOKOLOW.

From the 25.7.44 to the 30.7.44, I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 lost a total of 25 Panther and suffered around 110 casualties.


31.7.44

The Abteilungs Kompanien are placed in various locations, 1 Kp is near SUCHOZERBY.


1.8.44 1 Kp is attached to I./SS-Pz.Gr.Rgt. 5 Totenkopf
3.8.44 Between BANACHOWIZNA, east of NADBIEL the bulk of the Abteilung is assembled in readiness to counter attack the on going Russian attacks along the KOLNO-ZABRANIEC road. During the afternoon the Panther engage the Russian 50th Tank Brigade, in the area of RECZAJA-ZABRANIEC, other elements of the Panther Abteilung are engaged in the area of GORKI.
4.8.44 Late evening elements of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 are in the area of KRUBKI-GORKI, a single Panther Kompanie is attached to a battle group from the 5 SS-Pz.Div. Wiking. Those elements in KRUBKI are later involved in action with elements of  the 4 Pz.Div in the area North East of GORKI and MALKOW.
5.8.44 The Panther Kompanie attached to SS-Wiking are in action in the area of WOLOMNI

10.8.44 Defensive actions as the Russians try to breech the front line of SS-T, between LUDWINOW-NATOLIN, I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 comes under heavy Russian artillery fire.

12.8.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 involved in defensive actions in the area of RADZYMIN and REMBERTOW.
14.8.44 Elements of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 in REMBERTOW come under Russian artillery fire.
18.8.44 Elements in RADZYMIN and REMBERTOW moved into the area of WOLA-ROSZCZEP.
19.8.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 attacks a Russian anti-tank gun front in the area East of WOLA-ROSZCZEP, with 1 Komp. in the lead, the Russian anti-tank gun front is breeched and the Russians withdraw.
20.8.44 1 Kp in action in the wooded area of KRUSZE repelling Russian infantry attacks.
22.8.44 1 Kp still located in the wooded area near KRUSZE , later the Kompanie becomes involved in action near TROJANY and Hill 94.
23.8.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is spread over the following area, in the woods East of ZWIERZYNIEC and Hill 94. Later the Abteilung becomes involved in counter attacks near WOLA-RASTOWSKA.
26./27.8.44 The bulk of the Abteilung is in the area of RADZYMIN. 3 Panther are attached to 5 SS-Pz.Div. Wiking, they return on the 1.9.44.
29.8.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 near BENJAMINOW just to the South East, a Russian tank assembly is spotted in the woods near MORKRENOWE. Artillery fire from SS-Pz.Art.Rgt. 5 shells the tank assembly, later the Panther from I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 open fire as well. Later I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 withdraws to the East near BENJAMINOW.
1.9.44 During the day elements of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 move into the area of NADMA and SLUPNO.
2.9.44 Panther from I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 provide support to a battle group from the 1 Hungarian Cavalry Division during an attack on NADMA.
6.9.44 1 Kp assembles near STRUGA and then sent as fast as possible to support the 5 SS-Pz.Div. Wiking near SEROCK. The Panther are placed North West of SEROCK and West of DEBINKI.
10.9.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is fighting defensive action near Hill 104. 1 Kp is sent to the 73 Inf.Div, the Kompanie returns 12.9.44.
11./14.9.44 The Abteilung sees intensive combat in the area of Hill 104; other elements see action in the area of ELSNEROW and WOLA-RADYMINSKA. On the 14.9.44 Hill 104 is given up.
16.9.44 Defensive actions East of ROZOPOLE.
18.9.44 Defensive actions in the area of ROZOPOLE, Hill 101 and Hill 103.
19.9.44 Defensive actions against Russian attacks along the heights of Hill 96, 101 and 103.
21.9.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 in the area of Hill 101, the Abteilung comes under heavy Russian artillery fire.
25.9.44 to 10.10.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 still in the sector of Hill 101 and ROZOPOLE. On the 10.10.44, I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is heavily engaged along the heights of Hill 101 and 103 while attached to SS-Pz.Gr.Rgt. 6 Eicke.
12.10.44 Heavy fighting near ROZOPOLE.
13.10.44 to 16.10.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt.  3 still located in the area of ROZOPOLE.
17.10.44 Elements of the Abteilung are engaged in defensive actions in the area of JOSEFOW.
22.10.44 The Abteilung is now situated in JABLONNA-LEGJONOWO.
1.11.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 based in JABLONNA-LEGJONOWO and SZYBALIN comes under heavy Russian artillery fire.
6.11.44 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is moved and assembled in the area of LOMNA-NIEMICKI and put into A.O.K. 9 reserve.
19.11.44 Near the Bug mouth, the Abteilung´s Werkstatt Zug carries out over due repairs. For the rest of November 1944, the time is spent quietly.
2.12.44 Move from LOMNA-NIEMICKI to the area of MODLIN. During December a lot of wounded personnel who have recovered return to the Abteilung. Again the Abteilung moves location, this time into the area of OKUNIN.
24.12.44 Orders issued for departure and rail transport to Hungary. Loading takes place in the railway station of Nasjelske near Modlin.

26.12.43 Arrival and unloading in RAAB (GYOR). The Panther are given a winter whitewash coating for use as camouflage

 


1945
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1.1.45 Officer Positions. Stand

Abt.Kdr. SS-Stubaf Meierdress.
1 Kp. SS-Hstuf Balzer
2 Kp. SS-Ostuf v.Kogel
3 Kp. SS-Herbatschek
4 Kp. SS-Ostuf v.Kleist
2.1.45
Advance along the Danube bank road during the early morning hours.  Later I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 enters DUNAALMAS, were SS-Stubaf Meierdress is killed when a concealed SU-85 SPG from the 1438 SP.Art.Rgt, attached to the 170 Tank Brigade (18th Tank Corps), fires a round into the rear of the turret killing all the turret crew, only the driver and radio operator survive. Panther I03 from the Stabs.Kp fires one round into the SU-85, setting the vehicle on fire. Panther I01 is later recovered and towed to ACS for repairs.
3.1.45
The Panther Abteilung advances along the NYERGESFJALA-BAJOT road comes under Russian air attack from IL-2 of the 10th Assault Air Corps(17th Air Army).
4.1.45
SS-Ostuf. Ernst takes command of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3. During the day the Abteilung advances along the road from BAJNA to SZOMOR.
5.1.45
Attack on SZOMOR from the North West.
6.1.45
The Abteilung takes up defensive positions South West of SZOMOR.
7.1.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 with 10 Panther tries to outflank Russian positions to the South of SZOMOR. The Panthers reach FELSO-ENES, MANY road junction. The advance stops due to very heavy Russian defensive fire.
10./14.1.45
The Abteilung remains in the area of SZOMOR until the 14.1.45, where it is redeployed into the area of BERHIDA on the 17.1.45.
17.1.45
Assembly in the area of BERHIDA .
18.1.45
The Panther of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 try to cross the SARVIZ Canal at the first attempt near FALUBATTYAN, but are forced back due to heavy Russian anti-tank gun fire
19.1.45
A bridge is built over the SARVIZ Canal allowing the Panther and Tiger of SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 to continue the advance from the area of SEREGELYES.
20.1.45
After another day of heavy fighting I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 enters DINNYES.

21.1.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 advances from DINNYES South East towards AGARD, before heading North West towards GARDONNY, the Abteilung comes under Russian anti-tank gun fire from the outskirts of AGARD. Later while crossing the open terrain South of GARDONNY, the Panther come under murderous Russian anti-tank gun fire from the South and South East of their positions. During the day GARDONNY and KISVELENCE are taken.
22.1.45
The Panther immobilised from the 21.1.45 are recovered and towed to the workshops for repairs, those Panther still in working order become involved in heavy fighting for KAPLOSNASNYEK.
24./25.1.45
The few remaining Panther are situated in KAPLOSNASNYEK. On the 25.1.45 I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3comes under sporadic Russian air strikes.
29.1.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 involved in defensive combat along with 9 Kp Tiger, North of KAPLOSNASNYEK.
30.1.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 situated in KAPLOSNASNYEK.
31.1.45
SS-Ostuf Ernst ordered to take 210 men without tanks and form a collection party and collect new Panther in SENNELAGER. The group is sent to VESZPREM and awaits rail transport. SS-Stubaf Berlin takes command of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3.
3.2.45
No operational Panther, all 17 tanks are in for repair.
4.2.45
Elements of 4 Kp are involved in some limited action.
7.2.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 along with elements of 1 Pz.Div. launch a local counter attack to the North West of JANOS MJR in order to close a gap in the Margareten Line.
8./9.2.45
The Abteilung goes over to the defensive, South West of DINNYES in readiness for a Russian attack.
13.2.45
SS-Stubaf Berlin takes command of SS-Pz.Rgt. 3. The Abteilung is again without a commander.
18.2.45
SS-Ostuf Ernst and the 210 man collection party depart VESZPREM for SENNELAGER in Germany.
22.2.45 Redeployment to the North West of SZEKESFEHERVAR, in the area of MAGYARALMAS. A rest area for the Abteilung is set up in FEHERVARCSURGO.
6.3.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is still situated in MAGYARALMAS. In MOR, rail transports arrive carrying new spare parts for the Panther.
8.3.45
SS-Hstuf Martins takes command of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3. Crews without Panther are formed into Infantry Squads.
9./14.3.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is involved in limited actions, straightening the Divisional front line.
16.3.45
I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 is placed under the command of I./SS-Pz.Gr.Rgt. 5 Totenkopf, by Divisional order, as the Russian start a huge attack to the North of SZEKESFEHERVAR.
17.3.45
Limited counter attacks in the direction of BORBALA, during the early morning. Later the Abteilung withdraws into MAGYARALMAS were it is forced into all round defence. The Abteilung´s command post is destroyed by a direct hit from Russian artillery fire, killing the Abteilung temporary commander Htpm Haas, SS-Hstuf Martins had some point been appointed commander of II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3. During the afternoon, MAGYARALMAS is given up. The remaining elements of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 withdraw into FEHERVARCSURGO.
18.3.45
The tankless crews, now fighting as Infantry suffer heavy losses, during the fighting for FEHERVARCSURGO.
19.3.45
Withdrawal from FEHERVARCSURGO, in the direction of ISZTIMER.
23.3.45
The wheeled elements of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 are forced to abandon or blow up their vehicles in the area of PENZESKUT, due to the lack of fuel and mechanical brakedowns.
31.3.45 After a week of fighting on foot the Abteilung along with Versorg.Kp regroups in LANDZENKIRCHEN. At this time the Abteilung is still lacking a commander. By Divisional order, it is decided to disband I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 and integrate those remaining elements (including the Versorg.Kp) into II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3. At this time SS-Pz.Rgt 3. could field, 4 Pz IV, 2 Panther, 3 Tiger, 1 Stug III and 2 Bergepanther. SS-Pz.Jg.Abt. 3 last Assault Gun had been knocked out on the 28.3.45. Thus I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 operational life had come to an end.
1.4.45
The collection party sent to SENNELAGER, is placed under the command of Pz.Brig. Westfalen in Germany. On paper at least, SS-Hstuf Leibl is named as the new commander for I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3.
25.4.45 The remaining Panzers of SS.Pz.Rgt 3 are consolidated into Kampfgruppe Neff, with 2 Panthers and 3 Panzer IVs. 2 Panthers and 2 Panzer IVs are operational.
2.5.45 2 Panthers are in reserve, situated in the village of WIESELBURG.
8.5.45
The remaining Panzers of Kampgruppe Neff (including the 2 Panthers) are assembled in WEITERFELDEN. There, the Panzers drive onto a sports field, and blown up by the crews, using Panzerfauste. Attempts are made to surrender to U.S Forces, but later the Americans turn over SS-T personnel to the Russians. For many former members of I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3 this starts a long period of imprisonment in the Russian Prison Camp system. The first release of Personnel formally of I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3, takes place in 1951

 


 

Operational status 1944-1945.

Key. Operational/Short term repair/Long term repair.

23.3.44.  10 Pz V
20.4.44.  7 Pz V/3
1.5.44 . 4 Pz V/1
15.544. 4 Pz V/1
1.6.44 . 3 Pz V/2
1.7.44. 6 Pz V/4
24.7.44. 7 Pz V
25.7.44. 10 Pz V at 06.35 am, at 07.25 am  5 Pz V, at 15.30 pm 42 Pz V.
26.7.44. At 06.50 am 35 Pz V, at 10.30 am  37 Pz V, ( 20 Pz V with VIII A.K )
27.7.44. 4 Pz V reported during the morning, at 14.35 hrs only 3 Pz V are reported operational.
28.7.44. 8 Pz V
29.7.44. 14 Pz V
30.7.44. 14 Pz V
31.7.44. 18 Pz V/23/6. ( 1 Kp with 10 Pz V attached to III/SS.Pz.Gr.Rgt 5 Totenkopf ).
1.8.44. 22 Pz V/30/5
2.8.44. 18 Pz V, later 19 Pz V are reported operational
3.8.44. 8 Pz V, later 21 Pz V are reported operational
4.8.44.  24 Pz V/25/8
5.8.44. 28 Pz V/18/6
6.8.44. 32 Pz V
7.8.44. 32 Pz V
8.8.44. 34 Pz V
9.8.44. 36 Pz V/15/2
10.8.44. 34 Pz V/18/2
11.8.44. 33 Pz V/20/2
12.8.44. 30 Pz V/23/2
13.8.44. 24 Pz V/30/3
14.8.44. 30 Pz V/24/3
15.8.44. 32 Pz V/22/3
16.8.44. 33 Pz V/21/3
17.8.44. 40 Pz V/14/3
18.8.44. 40 Pz V
19.8.44. 44 Pz V
20.8.44. 36 Pz V
21.8.44. 33 Pz V
23.8.44. 32 Pz V
24.8.44. 32 Pz V
25.8.44. 32 Pz V
26.8.44. 33 Pz V
27.8.44. 27 Pz V ( 3 Pz V from 1 Kp, attached to 5 SS-Pz.Div Wiking until 1.9.44  )
29.8.44. 23 Pz V
30.8.44. 21 Pz V
31.8.44. 26 Pz V
1.9.44. 20 Pz V/8/22
2.9.44 . 26 Pz V
3.9.44 . 31 Pz V
4.9.44 . 24 Pz V
6.9.44. 25 Pz V
7.9.44. 23 Pz V
9.9.44. 27 Pz V
10.9.44. 25 Pz V
11.9.44. 25 Pz V
12.9.44. 20 Pz V
13.9.44. 14 Pz V
14.9.44. 14 Pz V
15.9.44. 15 Pz V
16.9.44. 12 Pz V
17.9.44. 12 Pz V
18.9.44. 15 Pz V
19.9.44. 13 Pz V
20.9.44. 17 Pz V
21.9.44. 15 Pz V
22.9.44. 17 Pz V
23.9.44. 15 Pz V
24.9.44. 17 Pz V
25.9.44. 17 Pz V
26.9.44. 17 Pz V
27.9.44. 21 Pz V
28.9.44. 21 Pz V
30.9.44. 22 Pz V
1.10.44. 22 Pz V/8/6
2.10.44. 22 Pz V
3.10.44. 22 Pz V
4.10.44. 22 Pz V
5.10.44. 22 Pz V
6.10.44. 24 Pz V
7.10.44. 25 Pz V
8.10.44. 27 Pz V
9.10.44. 27 Pz V
10.10.44. 19 Pz V
11.10.44. 10 Pz V
12.10.44. 12 Pz V
13.10.44. 11 Pz V
14.10.44. 13 Pz V
15.10.44. 13 Pz V
16.10.44. 11 Pz V
17.10.44. 11 Pz V
18.10.44. 15 Pz V
19.10.44. 16 Pz V
20.10.44. 18 Pz V
21.10.44. 15 Pz V
22.10.44. 14 Pz V
23.10.44. 14 Pz V
24.10.44. 17 Pz V
25.10.44. 16 Pz V
26.10.44. 17 Pz V
27.10.44. 15 Pz V
28.10.44. 15 Pz V
29.10.44. 15 Pz V
30.10.44. 15 Pz V
31.10.44. 15 Pz V
1.11.44. 15 Pz V/12/2
2.11.44. 14 Pz V
3.11.44. 14 Pz V
4.11.44. 14 Pz V
5.11.44. 15 Pz V
6.11.44. 17 Pz V
7.11.44. 15 Pz V
8.11.44. 16 Pz V
9.11.44. 16 Pz V
10.11.44. 16 Pz V
11.11.44. 19 Pz V
12.11.44. 20 Pz V
13.11.44. 20 Pz V
14.11.44. 20 Pz V
15.11.44. 20 Pz V
16.11.44. 20 Pz V
17.11.44. 20 Pz V
18.11.44. 22 Pz V
19.11.44. 21 Pz V
20.11.44. 22 Pz V
21.11.44. 23 Pz V
22.11.44. 22 Pz V
23.11.44. 22 Pz V
24.11.44. 21 Pz V
27.11.44. 9 Pz V
1.12.44. 22 Pz V/5/2
2.12.44. 22 Pz V
3.12.44. 27 Pz V
4.12.44. 27 Pz V
5.12.44. 27 Pz V
6.12.44. 27 Pz V
7.12.44. 27 Pz V
8.12.44. 27 Pz V
9.12.44. 27 Pz V
10.12.44. 27 Pz V
11.12.44. 27 Pz V
12.12.44. 27 Pz V
17.12.44. 21 Pz V
22 12.44. 21 Pz V
30.12.44. 21 Pz V

1945.

1.1.45. 20 Pz V/7/2
2.1.45. 24 Pz V
3.1.45. 6 Pz V
5.1.45. 10 Pz V
6.1.45. 10 Pz V
7.1.45. 10 Pz V
11.1.45. 9 Pz V
13.1.45. 12 Pz V
15.1.45. 7 Pz V
16.1.45. 9 Pz V
17.1.45. 4 Pz V
19.1.45. 10 Pz V
20.1.45. 1 Pz V
21.1.45. 1 Pz V
22.1.45. 3 Pz V
23.1.45. 5 Pz V
24.1.45. 1 Pz V
25.1.45. 0 Pz V
26.1.45. 1 Pz V
27.1.45. 3 Pz V
30.1.45. 3 Pz V
1.2.45. 3 Pz V/11/3
2.2.45. 3 Pz V
3.2.45. 0 Pz V
5.2.45. 0 Pz V
7.2.45. 3 Pz V
10.2.45. 7 Pz V
12.2.45. 2 Pz V
13.2.45. 10 Pz V/5/1
15.2.45. 11 Pz V/3/2
17.2.45. 12 Pz V
18.2.45. 12 Pz V
19.2.45. 12 Pz V/2/2
20.2.45. 12 Pz V
21.2.45. 12 Pz V
24.2.45. 9 Pz V
26.2.45. 9 Pz V
28.2.45. 9 Pz V
1.3.45. 9 Pz V/5/2
2.3.45. 9 Pz V
3.3.45 . 9 Pz V
4.3.45. 9 Pz V/4/3
5.3.45. 9 Pz V/6/1
6.3.45. 5 Pz V
10.3.45. 8 Pz V
11.3.45. 8 Pz V/6/2
12.3.45. 8 Pz V
15.3.45. 8 Pz V/6/2
17.3.45. 8 Pz V
20.3.45. 0 Pz V
25.3.45. 0 Pz V
1.4.45. 0 Pz V/0/2
5.4.45. 0 Pz V
10.4.45. 0 Pz V/1
12.4.45. 1 Pz V
15.4.45. 1 Pz V/0/1
25.4.45. 2 Pz V.





Total losses 1944-1945

25.7.44 minus 1 Panther. Knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire, near the SIEDLCE-MORDY railway line, during an attack to free the SIEDLCE-MIEDZYREC road, South East of SIEDLCE.

26.7.44 minus 4 Panther. 1 Panther is destroyed by Russian artillery fire at the East exit of
SIEDLCE, the Panther rolls off the road. Another 2 Panther are knocked out along the SIEDLCE-MORDY road. 1 Panther is knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire near BORKI.

28.7.44 minus 13 Panther. 8 Panther are knocked out in the general area of SIEDLCE. SS-Battle Group Meierdress suffers 5 total losses near PRUSZYN-PIERKI after the Panther drive over anti-tank mines; this is reported at 17.15 hrs.

29.7.44 minus 1 Panther. The Panther is knocked out by Russian tank fire on the outskirts of
SIEDLCE.

30.7.44 minus 6 Panther. 1 Panther is destroyed by Russian  tank fire during the street fighting for
SIEDLCE. Another 5 Panther are abandoned by the Pz.Werkst.-Zug, North of SIEDLCE along the road to SOKOLOW-PODLASKI, during the withdrawal from SIEDLCE. The Werkstatt Zug had been situated in the woods along the road just outside SOKOLOW-PODLASKI.

19.8.44 minus 1 Panther. Knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire, East of ROSZCZCEP.

20.8.44 minus 4 Panther. All 4 Panther are knocked out in the area of KLEMBOW-KRASZEW.

27.8.44 minus 1 Panther.  The Panther catches fire after sustaining fuel line damage during a road march. The Panther is a complete burnt out wreck.

30.8.44 minus 1 Panther. Destroyed by Russian artillery fire in RADZYMIN.


2.9.44 minus 4 Panther. While in support of a Battle Group from the 1st Hungarian Cavalry Division during the fighting for NADMA, all 4 Panther are knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire.

12.9.44 minus 2 Panther. Both Panthers are knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire during the fighting for Hill 104.

13.9.44 minus 1 Panther. Abandoned after being immobilised by Russian anti-tank gun fire near Hill 104.

14.9.44 minus 5 Panther. 2 Panther are knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire near ELSNEROW. 3 Panther are knocked out during the withdrawal from Hill 104.

15.9.44 minus 2 Panther. Both Panther brake down due to technical trouble. Both Panther are abandoned due to the combat situation. Later the crews return and blow up both Panther, the wrecks are left near LEWICPOL.

10.10.44 minus 1 Panther. Destroyed by a direct hit from Russian artillery fire East of ROSOPOLE.

11.10.44 minus 5 Panther. All 5 Panther are knocked out during the fighting in the area of JOSEFOW-HENRYKOW, Hill 90.1 and Hill 103.

17.10.44 minus 1 Panther. Destroyed by Russian artillery fire near JOSEFOW.

3.1.45 minus 2 Panther. While advancing along the NYERGESUFJALNA-BAJOT road, a column of SS-T tanks comes under Russian air attack, 1 Panther is destroyed by a direct hit from a bomb. 1 Panther is knocked out by Russian tank fire (18th Tank Corps)during the attack on BAJAN.

5.1.45 minus 2 Panther. Both Panther are knocked out by Russian anti-tank fire North West of
SZOMOR, both tanks quickly catch fire.

7.1.45 minus 1 Panther.  Knocked out in the woods South of SZOMOR by a SU-100 SPG
(382nd Guards SPArtillery Reg of 1st Guards Mechanized Corps), during the advance 9 other Panther receive heavy battle damage.

18.1.45 minus 2 Panther. During the first attempt to cross the SARVIZ Canal near FALUBATTYAN, both Panther are knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire.

21.1.45 minus 3 Pz.Bef.Wg. Panther and 1 Panther. Along the AGARD-GARDONNY advance route, 3 Pz.Bef.Wg. Panther are knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire in the open terrain just South of
GARDONNY . Earlier in the day another Panther had been knocked out by anti-tank gun fire on the Southern outskirts of AGARD. The Russian anti-tank gun had been concealed in a back garden of a house.

30.1.45 minus 1 Panther. Just outside KAPLOSNASNYEK a single Panther is struck by a bomb during a Russian air strike. The bomb hits the rear of the Panther penetrating the engine and fuel compartments, blowing all the hatches, the Panther quickly catch fire.

7.2.45 minus 1 Pz.Bef.Wg. Panther.  A Pz.Bef.Wg. Panther is knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire just North West of JANOS MJR.

16.3.45 minus 1 Panther. The Panther is destroyed by Russian artillery fire in the open terrain just East of
MAGYARALMAS.

17.3.45 minus 1 Pz.Bef.Wg. Panther, 4 Panther and 1 Bergepanther. During the morning 5 Panther and a single Kompanie of Infantry, attack the right flank of the 296th Guards Rifle Rgt, from the direction MAGYARALMAS-BORBALA. During the attack, 4 Panther from 1,3 and 4 Kp are knocked as follows.
1 Panther knocked out by Russian anti-tank gun fire. The shell penetrates the hull just above the left side track.
1 Panther abandoned after suffering engine failure.
1 Panther knocked out after being repeatedly struck with Molotov cocktails, the Panther catches fire.
1 Panther abandoned after the left side track becomes bogged down in the thick mud, attempts to pull the tank free fail.
1 Panther set on fire by Molotov Cocktails thrown onto the engine deck. The Panther at the time was withdrawing back into MAGYARALMAS.
The Berge-Panther is abandoned along the road to Bodajk while towing a Tiger I. During the attack II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 had launched an attack from the direction Sarkeresztes-Borbala, II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 lost 6 Pz IV’s in this attack, leaving the tanks in the open terrain.

19.3.45 minus 2 Panther. Both Panther are abandoned just outside ISZTIMER, they are later found at 18.30 hrs (Moscow time) by elements of the Soviet 346th Guards Rifle Rgt (104th Guards Rifle Division of 9th Guards Army).

22.3.45 minus 6 Panther and 3 Bergepanther. The Pz.WerkSt.Kp is forced to abandon 6 Panther and 3 Bergepanther in HAJMASKER, after Russian forces capture
HAJMASKER in the morning.

12.4.45 minus 1 Panther. Knocked out by Russian tank fire near the Reichsbridge in VIENNA.

8.5.45 minus 2 Panther and 2 Bergepanther. The last remaining Panther and Bergepanther are assembled in WEITERFELDEN. The tanks are driven on to a sports field were the crews blow them up using Panzerfäuste.





I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3, Panther issue.

4 Panther with I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 on the 13.1.44.
6 Panther with I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 on the 3.3.44.
5 Panther with I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 on the 8.6.44, also 2 Bergepanther arrive.
On the 30.4.44, 5 Panther handed over to I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 1, by order of Gen.Insp.d.Pz.Tr.
8 Panther sent 11.7.44, 2 Panther sent 17.7.44, no personnel.
2 Panther sent 12.7.44, 1 Panther sent 14.7.44. All 3 Panther handed over from I./Pz.Rgt. 27.
59 Panther issued as follows.
8 Panther sent 11.7.44
8 Panther sent 14.7.44
8 Panther sent 14.7.44
8 Panther sent 15.7.44
8 Panther sent 16.7.44
8 Panther sent 14.7.44
5 Panther sent 17.7.44, exchanged for 5 other Panther ( Pz.Bef.Wg. )
1 Panther sent 21.7.44

1 Panther sent 21.7.44
4 Panthersent 25.7.44, handed over from I/Pz.Rgt 27. (Transported from GRAFENWOEHR on the 26.7.44, place of arrival Bf LOCHOW on the 31.7.44)
1 Panther collected from the VIENNA Arsenal on the 8.4.45.

Bergepanther.
2 BPz V sent 30.4.44, arrive 8.6.44.
2 BPz V sent 4.10.44, arrive 13.10.44
2 BPz V sent 15.11.44, arrive 24.11.44

MSPW.
5 MSPW sent 21.7.44.

I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 leaves Grafenwohr by rail on the 22.7.44 with 78 Panther, GFM Model is informed.

 

K.St.N. for I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 3 Panther.

1.4.44
Stab. 1107
Stabs.Kp 1150a
1-4 Pz.Kpn 1177
Wkst.Zug 1185a

1.5.44
Stab. 1107
Stabs.Kp 1150a
1-4 Kpn 1177
Wkst.Zug 1185a

1.6.44
Stab 1107
Stabs.Kp 1150a
1-4 Kpn 1177
Wkst.Zug 1185a

1.7.44 (fG)
Stab. 1107a (fG)
Stabs.Kp 1150(fG)
1-4 Kpn 1177 (fg)
Vers.Kp 1151a (fG)
Wkst.Zug 1185a (fG)

(fG) Freie Gliederung, as per FHA. Amt II.ORG.Abt Ia/II Tgb Nr 1526/44g Kdos 5.6.44.

 

The tanks

I/SS.Pz.Rgt 3 had the Deathshead painted in white on the front left and right rear of their tanks. The numbering system seems to be the standard numbering, ie 122, 1Kp, 2 Zug, 2 Panzer. The 1 Kompanie numbers were painted in red with a white out line. 2 and 3 Kompanie had solid white painted numbers, 4 Kompanie had solid white numbers with a black out line. The Stabs.Kp. had a white out lined number painted on the turret sides. Now, the symbols painted on the turret rear escape hatch, personally I think these ID which tank came from which Kompanie, I know Panther 111 had a huge Deathshead painted in white on the escape hatch. Meierdress Panther, had a black square, with a white out line and in the centre, a white painted Deathshead. The Regimental Bef.Wg, from one photo I've seen had a white painted R followed by the standard 01, etc. As for camouflage patterns, the tanks seemed to be coated in green/brown over coat on top of the factory yellow. All Panthers had the Zimmert coating as well.

The Abteilungs Kompanien are placed in various locations, 1 Kp is near Suchozerby.