Panzergrenadiere 1944: Mission & Cooperation with Tanks

Let’s look at a manual for Panzergrenadiere (gepanzert (armored)) from 1944. I will discuss the differences between the Panzergrenadiere and their origin as Motorschützen (motorized riflemen) and then taking a closer look at their mission and cooperation with tanks according to the manual. Additionally, there is a short look at a weapon description about the Infantergiegeschütz 33 from the manual as well.

Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-801-0664-37, Berlin, Unter den Linden, Schützenpanzer.jpg
The Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) half-track was a WW2 German armored fighting vehicle designed by the Hanomag company, based on its earlier, unarmored Sd.Kfz. 11 vehicle. The Sd.Kfz. 251 was designed to transport the panzergrenadiers (German mechanized infantry) into battle. Sd.Kfz. 251s were the most widely produced German half-tracks of the war, with at least 15,252 vehicles and variants produced by various manufacturers, and were commonly referred to simply as “Hanomags” by both German and Allied soldiers.

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