The Panzergrenadier Commandments

The 30 Commandments of the Panzergrenadier Company Commander published in July 1943 by the Generalinspekteur der Panzerwaffe. These commandments cover a wide range of topics like tactics, combat, marching, camouflage, reconnaissance, communications and many more aspects.

Military History Visualized

Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-801-0664-37, Berlin, Unter den Linden, Schützenpanzer.jpg

Why Halftracks? Why limited to WW2 only?

Panzergrenadiere 1944: Mission & Cooperation with Tanks

Encirclements – Panzergrenadier on the Eastern Front

German Infantry Anti-Tank Tactics 1941/1942

German Squad Tactics in World War 2

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Sd.Kfz. 251, Ausf. C in Russland 1942

The Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251half-track was a World War II 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 Panzergrenadier (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 seven manufacturers. Some sources state that the Sd.Kfz. 251 was commonly referred to simply as “Hanomags” by both German and Allied soldiers after the manufacturer of the vehicle; this has been questioned, and may have been only a postwar label. German officers referred to them as SPW (Schützenpanzerwagen, or armored infantry vehicle) in their daily orders and memoirs.

Variants were produced for specialized purposes, including with anti-aircraft guns, light howitzers, anti-tank guns and mortars or even large unguided artillery rockets, as well as a version with an infrared search light used to spot potential targets for associated Panther tanks equipped with infrared detectors.

Mass 7.81 tonnes (8.61 short tons)
Length 5.80 m (19 ft)
Width 2.10 m (6 ft 10 in)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Crew 2 + 10 passengers

Armor 6-14.5 mm (0.24-0.57 in)
MG 34 or MG 42
MG 34 or MG 42
Engine one Maybach HL42 6-cylinder petrol engine
100 PS (99 hp, 74 kW)
Power/weight 12.8 hp/tonne
Suspension Overlapping torsion bar (track) Leaf spring (wheels)
300 km (186 mi)
Speed 52.5 km/h (32.5 mph)

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  2. Tar Baby · December 25, 2019

    Perhaps the #1 reason why Germany lost the war was the fact that it did not possess the necessary motorized transports and the fuel to power them. I’ve read a whole book on this subject. The German army used TWENTY MILLION horses during the war. The need to transport food for the beasts, veterinary care, and other demands made by the use of horses, was a HUGE burden on the Wehrmacht. The supply of food and ammunition, for the soldiers, was adversely affected by this situation.

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    • Viking Life Blog · December 25, 2019

      I believe, that you are right. They did become more motorized as the war went on, but the fuel problem was there even before the war started. I believe, they had fuel for a few months of war.

      The allies bombed Germany’s synthetic fuel plants (IG Farben), which only made it worse.
      IG Farben:

      Hitler decided to launch the largest bike theft in Denmark’s history in 1944.

      And battle ships stayed in their ports, later in the war. Lack of fuel was a big part of the reason.

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  3. The Tactical Hermit · December 26, 2019

    The Soviet Union was in the same boat with the use of horses (in particular to move artillery) and without America bailing them out with the Lend/Lease act and providing them with hundreds of thousands of Studebaker US6 Deuce and a Half Trucks they would have been screwed.👎

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