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SS-Panzer-Regiment 1

History An organic part of the 1. SS-Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler".
Organization Rgts.Stab and II.Abt. (three med Kp.) were formed on 14 Oct 42 for SS-Div. LssAH. I.Abt. was formed from renamed SS-Pz.Abt.1 in Oct 42. 13 (s).Kp/ss-Pz.Rgt.1 was formed on 15 Nov 42. In Apr 43 13 (s).Kp. was renamed 3.Kp./s.Pz.Abt.Gen.Kdo.SS-Pz.Korps and on 1 Jun 43 it was renamed 1./Kp. s.Pz.Abt.Gen.Kdo.I.SS-Pz.Korps, but it remained with the regiment as 13 (s).Kp. until Oct 43.

On 1 May 43 I.Abt. was sent back to Germany to convert to Panthers and II.Abt. was reorganized with four med Kp.I.Abt. rejoined the regiment in Nov 43.On 4 Dec 43 the regiment formed a Pz.Abt with one Kp. ea of Panthers, Pz.IV and Pz.VI. This Abt. remained in the East as part of 1.ss Pz.Div.(Kampgruppe) while the rest of the division transferred to the West for rest and refit. On 11 Apr 44 the Kampfgruppe was ordered to rejoin the Division in the West.

The regiment was decimated in the Falaise pocket in Aug 44. It was reformed as a single Abt. with two Pz.V and two Pz.IV Kp. in Sep 44.