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Independent Panzer Brigades


1. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 1.10.35 in Erfurt as Stab for the panzer units of the 1. Panzer-Division.
  • Disbanded 1.11.42
  • Replacement units were provided by the Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 1 in Erfurt

2. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 15.10.35 in Wien as Stab for the panzer units of the 2. Panzer-Division.
  • Disbanded 1.11.42
  • Replacement units were provided by the Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 4 in Wien-Mödling

3. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 15.10.35 in Berlin as Stab for the panzer units of the 3. Panzer-Division.
  • On 15.1.41 redesignated Stab/5. leichte Division.
  • Replacement units were provided by the Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 5 in Neuruppin

4. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 10.11.38 in Stuttgart as an independent unit. 1.9.39 to 15.10.39 known as Stab/Panzer-Division Kempf (with Panzer-Regiments 7 and 8).
  • From 15.10.39 belonged to the 10. Panzer-Division.
  • Disbanded Winter 41/42.
  • Replacement units were provided by the Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 7 in Böblingen

5. Panzer-Brigade

Replacement units were provided by the Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 35 in Bamberg, from 21.1.41 5 in Neuruppin

6. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 10.11.38 Würzburg as Stab for the independent Panzer-Regiments 11 and 25.
  • 1.4.39 attached to the 2. leichte Division.
  • Disbanded 1939.

8. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 10.11.38 in Sagan as Stab for the panzer units of the 5. Panzer-Division.
  • In 1.3.41 redesignated Stab/Panzer-Brigade 100.

Replacement units were provided by the Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 15 in Sagan

10. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 27.6.43 from Stab/Panzer-Regiment 10.
  • Subordinated directly to OKH.
  • 5.44 in Reims (Ausbildungsstab 2).
  • 1945 in Döberitz, and became Stab/Panzer-Division Döberitz.

30.6.43 in Heeresgruppe Süd with:

  • Stab/10. Panzer-Brigade
  • Stab/Panzer-Regiment 39
  • Panzer-Abteilung 51
  • Panzer-Abteilung 52
  • Panzer-Abteilung 503

with a total of 45 Tiger and about 200 Panther for Operation Citadel

18. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 15.5.42 from Stab/Panzer-Regiment 18.
  • Heerestruppe under the 18. Panzer-Division.
  • Disbanded 4.1.43.

21. Panzer-Brigade

  • Formed 25.6.43 at Orel from Stab/Panzer-Regiment 21 as Heerestruppe.
  • 10.43 redesignated Stab/Panzer-Division Norwegen.

30.6.43 in Heeresgruppe Mitte with:

  • Stab/21. Panzer-Brigade
  • Panzer-Abteilung 505
  • Panzer-Abteilung 216

with a total of 111 tanks (incl. 45 Tiger) and 8 StuG for Operation Citadel

Panzer-Brigade 100


Was created as a Stab (HQ) from the Stab of Panzer Brigade 8 for control of various Beute-Panzer Regiments (Captured tanks).

Formed 1.3.41 in France from Stab/8. Panzer-Brigade. Controlled the following units:

  • Panzer-Regiment 201
  • Panzer-Regiment 202
  • Panzer-Abteilung 301
  • Kompanieführerschule für Panzer-Truppen, Versailles (from 1943)
  • and other various Panzer units formed in France

In 1943 redesignated General der Panzertruppen bei OB West (later Panzergruppen-Kommando West).

Replacement troops were provided by (to Stab/Brig. 100 only):

Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 100 in Schwetzingen, 28.4.42 Versailles

5.41 to 12.41 reserve under 1. Armee
6.42 under XXV. Corps/7. Armee
7.42 reserve under 7. Armee
all other dates in reserve OB West/Heeresgruppe D

Panzer-Brigade 101

Formed 5.7.41 in France (Reserve under 1. Armee, 7.41 - 9.41) from Arbeitsstab für Aufstellung von Beute-Panzerverbänden, with:

  • Panzer-Regiment 203
  • Panzer-Regiment 204

21.9.41 redesignated Stab/23. Panzer-Division.

Reformed 21.7.44 in Wehrkreis I, with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2101 (4 coys.)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2101 (3 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten (Pi. Kp.) 2101

In 10.44 used to rebuild the 20. Panzer-Division in Arys (Wehrkreis I): Brigade Stab became Stab/Panzer-Regiment 21, the Pz. Abt. became II./Panzer-Regiment 21 and the Pz.Gren.Btl became a Jagd-Kommando in the 20. Pz. Div.

Schematische Kriegsgliederung:

Date Designation* Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 Gruppe Oberst v. Lauchert Armee-Abteilung Narwa Nord Estonia
9.44 Panzer-Verband Lauchert I 16. Armee Nord Lithuania

* The designation Panzer-Brigade 101 was not used.

Replacement troops were provided by (only to the Stab/Brig. 101):

Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 100, Schwetzingen, 1941
Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 5, Neuruppin, 1944

Panzer-Brigade 102

Formed 20.7.44 in Wehrkreis XI, with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2102 (4 coys.) from parts of Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 5
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2102 (3 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten (Pi. Kp.) 2102

Disbanded 27.11.44 and was absorbed by the 7. Panzer-Division in Arys. Stab/102 and the Panzer-Abteilung went to Neuruppin for disbanding, after having transferred all its tanks to Panzer-Regiment 25.

Schematische Kriegsgliederung:

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 - 9.44 Reserve 2. Armee Mitte Narev (Ostrolenka)
10.44 XXIII 2. Armee Mitte Narev (Ostrolenka)
5.11.44 Reserve 3. Pz. Armee Mitte East Prussia
26.11.44 Reserve 4. Armee Mitte East Prussia

Replacement troops were provided by Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 5 in Neuruppin.

Panzer-Brigade 103

Formed 26.7.44 in Wehrkreis XIII, with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2103 (4 coys.) from Panzer-Abteilung Norwegen
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2103 (3 coys)

In 11.44 the Brigade left East Prussia, the Pz.Gren.Btl. was disbanded and the Pz.Abt. went to Bielefeld, and on 17.12.44 became I./Panzer-Regiment 39 (17. Pz. Div.), this transition was completed 20.1.45.

The Brigade Stab went to 19th Armee (Oberrhein) on 26.11.44, was at Truppenübungsplatz Grafenwöhr on 11.1.45, and on 26.1.45 went to Schlesien for front-line service.On 8.3.45 the Stab became Stab/Pz.Div. Müncheberg

Schematische Kriegsgliederung:

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 Reserve 3. Pz. Armee Mitte Lithuania
9.44 - 10.44 Reserve 4. Armee Mitte East Prussia
11.44 Reserve 3. Pz. Armee Mitte East Prussia
2.45 - 3.45 (Stab) LVII 17. Armee Mitte Schlesien

Replacement troops were provided by Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 35 in Bamberg

Panzer-Brigade 104

Formed 18.7.44 in Wehrkreis XI, with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2104 (4 coys.)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2104 (3 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten (Pi. Kp.) 2104

Disbanded 6.11.44 and was absorbed by the 25th Panzer-Division, Panzer-Abt. 2104 became I./Pz.Rgt. 9 and the P.Gren.Btl. 2104 became I./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 147.

Schematische Kriegsgliederung:

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 Kavallerie Korps 2. Armee Mitte Narev (Ostenburg)
9.44 XX 2. Armee Mitte Narev (Ostenburg)
10.44 - 11.44 XXIII 2. Armee Mitte Narev (Ostenburg)

Replacement troops were provided by Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 11 in Bielefeld

Panzer-Brigade 105

Formed 28.7.44 in Mielau, Wehrkreis I, with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2105 (4 coys.) from Wehrkreis XIII
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2105 (5 coys) from the remnants of the 18. Pz.Gren.Div.
  • Brigade-einheiten 2105

On 31.8.44 left Mielau for Belgium. Disbanded 23.9.44 and was absorbed by the 9th Panzer-Division, the Pz.Gren.Btl. 2105 became II./Pz.Gren.Rgt 11, while the Pz.Btl. 2105 shortly thereafter became II./Pz.Rgt. 10 in the 8th Panzer-Division (Slovakia)

Schematische Kriegsgliederung:

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 forming BdE Mielau
9.44 LXXXI 7. Armee B Niederrhein

Replacement troops were provided by Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 35 in Bamberg

Panzer-Brigade 106 "Feldherrnhalle"

Formed 28.7.44 in Mielau, Wehrkreis I, from the remnants of the Pz.Gren.Div. Feldherrnhalle and its replacement units, with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2106 (4 coys.)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2106 (5 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten (incl. Pi.Kp.) 2106

On 31.8.44 left Mielau for the Trier area.

Schematische Kriegsgliederung:

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 forming BdE Mielau
9.44 XIII. SS 1. Armee G Luxembourg
10.44 LXXXV 19. Armee G Kolmar/Elsass
11.44 - 1.45 LXIV 19. Armee G Kolmar/Elsass
2.45 Reserve 15. Armee B Eifel
3.45 Reserve 1. Fallsch. Armee H Niederrhein
4.45 LXXXI 15. Armee B Ruhr pocket

Replacement troops were provided by Ersatz-Brigade Feldherrnhalle in Danzig

Panzer-Brigade 107

Formed 28.7.44 in Mielau, Wehrkreis I, from the remnants of the 25th Pz.Gren.Div., with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2107 (4 coys.)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2107 (5 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten (incl. Pi.Kp.) 2107

Disbanded 7.11.44 and was absorbed by the 25th Pz.Gren.Div. in Baumholder, Stab and the Pz.Gren.Btl. became Stab and I./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 119, and the Pz.Abt. became Panzer-Abteilung 5.

Schematische Kriegsgliederung:

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 forming BdE Mielau
9.44 - 10.44 LXXXVI 1. Fallsch. Armee B Niederrhein
11.44 LXXXVI 5. Pz. Armee B Niederrhein

Replacement troops were provided by Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 7 in Böblingen

Panzer-Brigade 108

Formed 7.44 at Truppenübungsplatz Grafenwöhr, Wehrkreis XIII. The Stab/108 was to have been formed from Stab/ss-Brigade Gross, but was instead formed in 8.44 from Stab/Panzer-Regiment 39. The Brigade consisted of:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2108 (4 coys.)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2108 (5 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten 2108

On 16.9.44 left Grafenwöhr for Gerolstein. Disbanded 11.44, the Brigade Stab became Stab/Pz.Rgt. 39 again, the Pz.Abt. was used to form the Panzer-Regiment Coburg, and the Pz.Gren.Abt. was absorbed by the 116. Panzer-Division.

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 forming BdE Grafenwöhr
9.44 II. Fallsch. Korps 1. Fallsch. Armee B Venlo
10.44 I. SS 7. Armee B Aachen

Replacement troops were provided from Wehrkreis X?

Panzer-Brigade 109

Formed 19.7.44 at Truppenübungsplatz Estergom (Hungary) from renmants of the 25. Panzer-Division and from parts of the 233. Reserve-Panzer-Division. Formation was completed 25.9.44 with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2109 (4 coys.), formed through Wehrkreis XVII
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2109 (5 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten (incl. Pi.Kp.) 2109

In 10.44 used to form the Panzer-Division Feldherrnhalle

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 forming Hungary - -
9.44 forming Hungary - Budapest

Replacement troops were provided by Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 4 in Wien.

Panzer-Brigade 110 "Feldherrnhalle"

Formed 19.7.44 at Truppenübungsplatz Oerkeny (Hungary) from parts of the Ersatz-Brigade Feldherrnhalle (men only). The Panzer-Abteilung was formed through Wehrkreis IV, V, VIII and XI. The Brigade consisted of:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2110 (4 coys.)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon 2110 (5 coys)
  • Brigade-einheiten (incl. Pi.Kp.) 2110

In 9.44 used to reform the 13th Panzer-Division (later Feldherrnhalle 2).

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
8.44 forming Hungary - -
9.44 forming Hungary - Budapest

Replacement troops were provided Ersatz-Brigade Feldherrnhalle in Danzig

Panzer-Brigade 111

Formed 4.9.44 as Walküreeinheit des Wehrkreis VI, through Kommandeur der Panzertruppen VI with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2111
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 2111 (I., II.)
  • Brigade-Einheiten 2111 (incl. Pz.Aufkl.Kp., Fla-kp. and StuG-Abt.)

I./Panzer-Regiment 16 (Panther) of the 116. Pz.Div. was attached to the Brigade. The Brigade left Wehrkreis VI for Remiremont/Lothringen on 6.9.44.

Was to have been absorbed by the 15. Pz.Gren.Div. on 25.9.44, but was instead absorbed by the 11. Panzer-Division on 1.10.44. The Pz.Abt. 2111 went to Wehrkreis VI, and in 12.44 became II./Pz.Rgt. 9 (25th Pz.Div.)

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
9.44 XXXXVII 5. Pz. Armee G Lunéville

Replacement troops were provided from Wehrkreis VI.

Panzer-Brigade 112

Formed 4.9.44 as Walküreeinheit des Wehrkreis V, through Kommandeur der Panzertruppen V with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2112
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 2112 (I., II.)
  • Brigade-Einheiten 2112 (incl. Pz.Aufkl.Kp., Fla-kp. and StuG-Abt.)

The Brigade left Wehrkreis V for Epinal on 6.9.44. Disbanded 23.9.44 and was absorbed by the 21. Panzer-Division.

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
9.44 XXXXVII 5. Pz. Armee G Lunéville

Replacement troops were provided from Wehrkreis V.

Panzer-Brigade 113

Formed 4.9.44 as Walküreeinheit des Wehrkreis XII, through Kommandeur der Panzertruppen XII with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung 2113 (from Wehrkreis XIII)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 2113 (I., II.)
  • Brigade-Einheiten 2113 (incl. Pz.Aufkl.Kp., Pi.Kp. and StuG-Abt.)

I./Panzer-Regiment 130 (Panther) of the Panzer-Lehr-Division was attached to the Brigade. The Brigade left Wehrkreis XII for Kolmar on 6.9.44, and on 16.9.44 to Saarburg.

Was to have been absorbed by the 11. Panzer-Division on 23.9.44, but was instead absorbed by the 15th Pz.Gren.Div. on 1.10.44. The Pz.Abt. 2113 went to Wehrkreis XII, and in later became II./Pz.Rgt. 10 (8th Pz.Div.)

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
9.44 XXXXVII 5. Pz. Armee G Lunéville

Replacement troops were provided from Wehrkreis XII.

Panzer-Brigade Norwegen

Formed 13.7.44 in Norway to replace Panzer-Division Norwegen, with:

  • Panzer-Abteilung Norwegen (4 coys.)
  • Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon Norwegen (from Sturm-Bataillon Norwegen)

7.44 - 12.44 under Armee Norwegen
1.45 - 4.45 under XXXVI. Corps/20. Gebirgs-Armee

Replacement troops were provided by Panzer-Grenadier-Ersatz-Bataillon 215 in Reutlingen