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The 11th Panzer Division at Remagen, March 1945

Updated on June 3, 2013

In June, 1944, the 11th Panzer Division held the region of Bordeaux and now reconstituted with a majority of raw recruits. It now had 89 Panzer IVs, 26 Panzer III and StuG III 8, as well as some new Panzer V and Wirbelwind Möbelwagen. Because of its position, for most of the battle of Normandy, the division remained in reserve in idle pending possible new Allied landings.It was moved in mid-August to the region to cover the Rhone Provence where it gave feeble resistance to Americans. In autumn, 1944, it had only 31 Panzer IV, 47 Panzer V and eight self-propelled anti-aircraft. It was no longer a fighting machine.

One of the last reinforcements to arrive at Remagen by mid-March to fight the Americans crossing the Rhine River was the once mighty 11th Panzer Division. By this date, it was a former shell of its strength and its TO&E was threadbare. It provided problems for the US troops but it would soon be swept away by the sheer force of American strength.

According to the records kept by the quartermaster general (Gen.Qu.) the 11. Pz.Div. had available on 15.1.1945:

Tanks and assault guns (status as of 15.1.1945)
Pz. II = 3 on hand (1 operational)
Pz.Bef.Wg. III = 2 (2)
Pz. III(50 lg) = 1 (1)
Pz. III(75 kz) = 3 (3)
Pz. IV L/48 = 44 (25)
Pz. V = 64 (47)
Flakpz. IV (Möbelwagen & Wirbelwind) = 14 (7)
StuG III = 7 (3)
Bergepz. V = 5 (4) [in addition to that divisional records also show 2 Bergepz. III]

Self-propelled artillery and a/t guns (status as of 30.12.1944)
Jagdpz. IV L/48 = 14 (10)
Marder II (7,5 cm) = 5 (2)
Wespe = 6 (3)
Hummel = 4 (3) [actually entered in wrong column as s.FH 13 on Lorraine Schlepper]
Grille = 2 (2)

Recce cars and APCs (status as of 30.12.1944)
le.Pz.Späh-Wg.(MG) = 5 (3) [Sd.Kfz. 221 and/or 223]
le.Pz.Fu.Wg. = 2 (2) [I'm not exactly sure what these were]
Sd.Kfz. 222 = 6 (5)
Sd.Kfz. 234/1 = 12 (8)
Sd.Kfz. 234/3 = 3 (2)
[In addition to that divisional records also show two capured American 6-wheeled recce cars]
Sd.Kfz. 250/5 = 2 (1)
Sd.Kfz. 250/6 = ? (2)
Sd.Kfz. 250/10 = 3 (2)
other Sd.Kfz. 250 = 26 (20) [most of them likely 250/1]
Sd.Kfz. 251/7 = 13 (9)
Sd.Kfz. 251/8 = 3 (3)
Sd.Kfz. 251/9 = 16 (9)
Sd.Kfz. 251/16 = 5 (4)
other Sd.Kfz. 251 = 77 (52) [most of them likely 251/1]
[In addition to that divisional records also show 3 capured American half-tracks]

Actual combat troops amounted to 3000, compared to 12,000 men in 1941. After Remagen, it made its final retreat to the south-east to escape the march US armor and assigned to the Seventh Army of Army Group “G”. It fought fought in the Bavaria area until May 4, 1945, when it surrendered to Gen. Patton. Most of its AFVs had ran out of fuel and it only comprised of a few thousand men.

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