Organisation of a SS Panzer Division

The SS Panzer Division (GermanSS-Panzerdivision, short: SS-PzDiv) was an SS formation during World War II. The table below shows the organisation structure that an “SS Panzer division” aspired to contain.

Designation (lang-en: …) Designation (lang-de: …)
Division Headquarters Divisionsstab
  • commander of the division
  • general staff officer
  • cartographical unit
  • communications unit
  • division escort
  • military police
  • Divisionskommandeur (DivKdr)
  • Generalstabsoffizier
  • Kartorgaphieeinheit
  • Fernmeldeeinheit
  • Divisionsbegleitschutz
  • Militärpolizei
quartermaster Quartiermeister (Qu)
  • Waffenzug
  • Mechaniker
  • Stabsarzt
  • Stabszahnarzt
Panzer regiment Panzerregiment (PzRgt)
battalion I. Abteilung
  • 4 Kompanien (1–4)
  • Werkstattkompanie
II battalion
  • 5 companies (5–9)
  • workshop platoon
II. Abteilung
  • 5 Kompanien (5–9)
  • Werkstattzug
antitank battalion Panzerjägerabteilung (PzJgAbt)
3 companies of assault guns (1–3) 3 Kompanien von Sturmgeschützen (1–3)
SS Panzergrenadierregiment.svg Panzer grenadier regiment Panzergrenadierregiment (PzGrenRgt)
I battalion 4 companies (1–4) I. Bataillon 4 Kompanien (1–4)
II battalion 4 companies (5–8) II. Bataillon 4 Kompanien (5–8)
III battalion
  • 4 companies (9–12)
  • heavy infantry gun company (13)
  • anti-aircraft company (14)
  • reconnaissance company (15)
  • engineer company (16)
III. Bataillon
  • 4 Kompanien (9–12)
  • schwere Infanteriegeschützkompanie (13)
  • Flakkompanie (14)
  • Aufklärungskompanie (15)
  • Pionierkompanie (16)
Panzer grenadier regiment (as above) Panzergrenadierregiment (wie oben)
Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion Panzeraufklärungsabteilung (PzAufklAbt)
  • 2 Panzer scout companies
  • 2 Panzer reconnaissance companies
  • 1 heavy company
  • 2 Panzerspähkompanien
  • 2 Panzeraufklärungskompanien
  • 1 schwere Kompanie
Panzer artillery regiment Panzerartillerieregiment (PzArtRgt)
I battalion
  • 3 batteries
I. Abteilung
  • 3 Batterien
II battalion
  • 3 batteries
II. Abteilung
  • 3 Batterien
III battalion
  • 4 batteries
III. Abteilung
  • 4 Batterien
Rocket launcher battalion Werferabteilung
  • 4 batteries (1–4)
  • 4 Batterien (1–4)
anti-aircraft battalion Flakabteilung (FlakAbt)
  • 5 batteries (1–5)
  • 5 Batterien (1–5)
Armoured engineer battalion Panzerpionierabteilung (PzPiAbt)
  • 1 (armoured) company (on IFV)
  • 3 engineer companies
  • bridge convoy B
  • 1 (gepanzerte) Kompanie (auf SPw)
  • 3 Pionierkompanien
  • Brückenkolonne B
Armoured Signals Battalion Panzernachrichtenabteilung
  • 1 communications company
  • 1 Radio company
  • 1 Fernmeldekompanie
  • 1 Funkkompanie
divisional supply troops Divisions-Nachschubtruppe
  • 6 vehicle companies
  • 1 supply company
  • 6 Kraftfahrkompanien
  • 1 Nachschubkompanie
Panzer maintenance battalion Panzer-Instandsetzungsabteilung
  • 3 workshop companies
  • 1 (weapon) workshop company
  • 1 spare and repair part company
  • 3 Werkstattkompanien
  • 1 (Waffen-)Werkstattkompanie
  • 1 Ersatzteilkompanie
provisioning battalion Wirtschaftsbataillon
  • bakery company
  • butcher company
  • divisional food services office
  • military post office
  • Bäckereikompanie
  • Schlächtereikompanie
  • Divisions-Verpflegungsamt
  • Feldpostamt
medical battalion Sanitätsabteilung
  • 2 medical companies
  • 1 ambulance company
  • 1 medical supply company
  • 2 Sanitätskompanien
  • 1 Krankenkraftwagekompanie
  • 1 Versorgungskompanie
replacement battalion Feldersatzbataillon

The structure and organisation of the 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” is equivalent to the table above and served as a standard for all other “SS Panzer Divisions” during World War II. The average complement was approximately 19,000. However, only two out of 7 SS Panzer Divisions contained that strength. In the second half of the war in Europe, in particular close to the end of war, some divisions achieved only the complement of regiment sized units.

List of Waffen-SS divisions

Source

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