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3.Panzergrenadier-Division

Unit Emblems


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Lineage


    • Wehrgauleitung Frankfurt
    • Kommandant von Frankfurt
    • 3.Infanterie-Division
    • 3.Infanterie-Division (mot)
    • 3.Panzergrenadier-Division

History


The 3.Panzergrenadier-Division was formed in June of 1943 from the 386.Infanterie-Division (mot) and the 3.Infanterie-Division (mot) that was lost in the Stalingrad Pocket.

After formation, the 3.Panzergrenadier was sent to Italy in July, 1943 where it took part in the Battles for Salerno, Cassino, the Bernhard Line, the Anzio beachhead, and then in the general retreat to Rome in May and June, 1944.

The 3.Panzergrenadier-Division was transfered to Florence in late June, 1944, and then was sent to the Western Front near Paris in August, 1944 where it was engaged by the Allies before taking part in the general withdrawl across France, operations in and near Nancy, and then in the Battles for Metz.

The 3.Panzergrenadier-Division saw action in Aachen in November, 1944 and was then rested behind the lines shortly before the Ardennes counter-offensive in December, 1944, and the operations for Eifel in January, 1945.

The 3.Panzergrenadier-Division was in action defending near Cologne when it was trapped by the Allies in the Ruhr Pocket where it surrendered in April, 1945.

Organization


General Composition
Panzergrenadier-Regiment 8
Panzergreadier-Regiment 29
Artillerie-Regiment 3 (mot)
Panzer-Bataillon 103
Panzer-Aufkälrung-Abteilung 103
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 3
Pionier-Abteilung 3 (mot)
Nachrichten-Abteilung 3 (mot)
3rd Divisional Support Units

Knights Cross Holders




War Service


Date Corps Army Army Group Area
6.43 Reforming D Lyon (Charbonnieres)
7.43 XIV (arriving) OB Süd Upper Italy
8.43 - 10.43 Reserve OB Süd Upper Italy
11.43 XIV 10. Armee OB Süd Volturno (Italy)
12.43 Reserve C Italy (north of Rome)
1.44 - 3.44 LXXVI 14. Armee C Aprilia (Italy)
3.44 - 6.44 I. Fallsch. Korps 14. Armee C Aprilia (Italy)
7.44 (remnants) XIV 14. Armee C North Italy
8.44 XXXXVII 1. Armee B Maas, Mosel
9.44 XIII. SS 1. Armee B Metz
10.44 Reserve 7. Armee B Metz
11.44 - 12.44 LXXXI 5. Pz. Armee B Aachen, Ardennes
1.45 XXXIX 5. Pz. Armee B Ardennes
2.45 LXXIV 5. Pz. Armee B Ardennes
3.45 LVIII 15. Armee B Köln, Remagen
4.45 LXXIV 15. Armee B Sauerland, Ruhr

German Bibliography


  • Die deutschen Infanterie-Divisonen, Band 1-3, by Werner Haupt
  • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
  • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen... der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Band 1-4, by Schmitz/Thies
  • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS..., Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
  • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
  • Die Deutsche Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Ihre Kommando. u. Grossverbände... im Zweiten Weltkrieg, author unknown
  • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown
  • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Suchdienst, Divisionsschicksale, author unknown

English Bibliography (Available on Amazon)