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Panzer-Division Müncheberg


Lineage

  • 103.Panzer-Brigade
  • Panzer-Brigade Müncheberg (??)
  • Panzer-Division Müncheberg

History

Orders to form Panzer-Division Müncheberg were issued on 3.05.45, and it was offically formed on 3.08.45 in the Müncheberg area. Records indicate that a "Panzerbrigade Müncheberg" existed prior to March, 1945, being formed one month earlier in February, 1945, although many sources are not able to confirm this fact (Wolfgang Schneider). Initially, Panzer-Abteilung Kummersdorf was transfered to the newly forming Division. On 03.14.45, Panzer-Abteilung Kummersdorf was fully intergrated into I./Panzer-Regiment 29 (Some sources seem to indicate that this unit was also known as "Panzer-Abteilung Müncheberg"), the main armored unit of the Division. The Stab (HQ) of the Division was formed from parts of the Stab Pz.Brig.103. In total, the Division formed a total of 4 Kompanien in the I./Panzer-Regiment 29, the only fully armored unit of the entire Division. Records indicate that orders were given to send to the Division 2 Kompanien of infrared equiped tanks, but no there is no indication if these units actually reached the Division.

Panzer-Division Müncheberg was quickly sent to the collapsing Eastern Front and would see action in a series of swift and fierce operations that would drive it westward from the Oder River into Berlin in a little under a month and a half.

The Panzer-Division first saw action as a part of 9.Armee under Armeegruppe Weichsel, fighting against the Soviet forces attacking across the Oder River near Küstrin, taking part in the fight against the advance spearheads of Soviet Armor. The Division managed to fight the Soviet armor spearhead to a virtual stand-still on the hills west of the Oder River, and later fought in the Seelow Heights region. The Division then saw action in the area of the city of Müncheberg. Constantly pushed back by the Soviets, new defensive lines were taken up in the "Hardenberg Positions".

Pushed back once more by the Soviet onslaught, the Division made its way towards Berlin where it took part in the bloody and bitter fighting for the city itself. The operation to defend Berlin consisted in part of dividing the city into 10 defensive sectors A-H and number 9, each of which was defended by specific units and groups of troops and auxiliary forces. Panzer-Division Müncheberg was at first located in the southeastern suburbs of Berlin, but on the night of April 26th, was forced into the city in the eastern defensive sectors of A and B. Panzers of the Division fought near the Zoobunker and the Tiergarden, and the last Panzer of the Division - a Tiger Tank - is said to have been abandoned a few hundred meters from the Brandenburg gate. Most of the crew of the Panzers fought on as infantry in the fierce battles for the city.

Panzer-Division Mücheberg was never fully formed, and those units that were formed, were finally destroyed in bloody fighting in the city of Berlin. Those few suriviors of the fighting surrendered to the Russians.

Organization

General Composition
Stab
I./Panzer-Regiment 29
Panzergrenadier-Regiment Müncheberg (w/ I & II Btl.)
Panzer-Abteilung Kummersdorf (intergrated into I./Pz.Reg 29 on 3.14.45)
Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment Müncheberg (Stab & I Abt.)
Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung Müncheberg
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 682
Panzer-Spähwagen-Kompanie Mücheberg
Panzer-Pioneer-Kompanie Müncheberg
Panzer-Nachrichten-Kompanie Müncheberg
Heeres-Flak.Artillerie-Abteilung 301
Feldersatz-Bataillon Müncheberg
Müncheberg Divisional Support Units

The Panzer-Division did not fully form, and many of its organic units were never completed.

Commanders

Generalmajor der Reserve Werner Mummert 3.09.45 - 5.08.45

War Service

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
4.45 - 9. Armee Weichsel Oder
5.45 LVI - - Berlin