Timo wrote:On 24.07.1944, following the order of OKH/Gen.Insp.d.Pz.Tr./Abt.Org./Nr. 2100/44 g.Kdos. of 18.07.1944, formation of Panzer-Brigade 107 is ordered.

Formation of Panzer-Brigade 107 starts on 28.07.1944 at Truppenübungsplatz Mielau (Wehrkreis I) from the remnants of the 25.Panzergrenadier-Division. This division had been virtually destroyed earlier that summer in the Minsk area as part of Heeresgruppe Mitte. Major Berndt-Joachim Freiherr von Maltzahn (Grimmen/Vorpommern, 09.02.1903 - Oldenburg, 27.12.1964) is assigned as commander with Hauptmann Spiegel as his adjutant.

The Stab for Panzer-Brigade 107, its Stabskompanie, Aufklärungszug and Nachrichtenzug are formed from remnants of the 25. Panzergrenadier-Division. They are supposed to receive 18x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 12x leichte Pkw, gl. (4-sitzig), 1x mittlerer Pkw, gl., 1x Lkw 2t, offen, gl., 3x Lkw 3t, offen, 7x Lkw 3t, offen, gl., 1x Lkw 3t, geschlossen, gl., 1x Zgkw 8t (Sd.Kfz. 7), 3x Sd.Kfz. 251/1, 6x Sd.Kfz. 251/3, 4x Sd.Kfz. 251/5 and 3x Sd.Kfz. 251/11. However, the Brigade-Stabskompanie received commercial cars instead of Kettenkräder.

Panzer-Abteilung 2107 is created from remnants of 25.Panzergrenadier-Division and replacement troops from Wehrkreis V. Commander of the Panzer-Abteilung is Major Hans-Albrecht von Plüskow (26.10.1909 - 23.09.1944). The Abteilung is organized with:

Stab with 3x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl. (4-sitzig), 2x mittlere Pkw, gl., 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/8, 4x Flakpanzerkampfwagen IV (3,7cm Flak 43)(Sd.Kfz. 161/3) and 3x Panzerbefehlswagen "Panther" (Sd.Kfz. 267)

1., 2., and 3.Panzer-Kompanie, each with 2x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl. (4-sitzig) and 11x "Panther" Ausf. G (Sd.Kfz. 171)

4. (Panzerjäger-)Kompanie with 2x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl. (4-sitzig) and 11x Panzerjäger IV L/70 (Sd.Kfz. 162/1)

The Versorgungskompanie is to receive 2x le Krad. 350ccm, 10x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 1x Lkw 2t, offen, 4x Lkw 2t, offen, gl., 2x Lkw 2t, geschlossen, gl. (of which 1 is an ambulance), 16x Lkw 3t, offen, gl., 39x Lkw 4,5t, offen, gl., 3x Werkstattkraftwagen, 1x Lkw 4,5t, gl., als Drehkrankraftwagen (Kfz. 100), 1x Gleisketten-Lkw 2t, offen, (Sd.Kfz. 3), 9x Zgkw 1t (Sd.Kfz. 10) and 1x Anhänger

Panzergrenadier-Batallion 2107 is created with five Kompanien (Sd.Kfz.251) from remnants of 25. Panzergrenadier-Division and Hauptmann Kurt Wild (06.04.1914 - 23.09.1944) is given as its commander.

Stab with 4x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 4x Sd.Kfz. 251/3, 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/8 and 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/11

1. and 2.Kompanie with 5x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 9x Sd.Kfz. 251/1, 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/2, 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/3, 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/9 and 6x Sd.Kfz. 251/21

3. Kompanie with 5x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 8x Sd.Kfz. 251/1, 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/3 and 12x Sd.Kfz. 251/21

4. Kompanie with 6x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/3 and 18x Sd.Kfz. 251/21

5. (schw.) Kompanie with 7x Kettenkraftrad (Sd.Kfz. 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 2x Lkw 3t, offen, gl., 15x Sd.Kfz. 251/1, 2x Sd.Kfz. 251/3, 6x Sd.Kfz. 251/9 and 1x Sd.Kfz. 251/11.

Versorgungskompanie with 3x Kettenkraftrad (SdKfz 2), 5x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 6x Lkw 2t, offen, gl., 1x Lkw 2t, geschlossen (Krankenkraftwagen), 5x Lkw 3t, offen, 33x Lkw 3t, offen, gl., 1x Lkw 3t, geschlossen, gl., 3x Werkstattkraftwagen, 5x Gleisketten-Lkw 2t, offen, 7x Zgkw 8t (SdKfz 7) and 3x Anhänger.

Creation of Panzer-Pionier-Kompanie 2107 from 3./25. Panzer-Pionier-Batallion is also ordered, with 3x le Krad. 350ccm, 4x Krad. mit Seitenwagen, 3x Kettenkraftrad (SdKfz 2), 2x leichte Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 1x mittlerer Pkw, gl., 1x Lkw 2t, offen, gl., 2x Lkw 3t, offen, 8x Lkw 3t, offen, gl., 1x mittlerer Zgkw 8t (SdKfz 7) 2x SdKfz 251/1, 1x SdKfz 251/3, 14x SdKfz 251/7 and 6x SdKfz 251/16.

A leichte Panzer-Kompanie is to be formed with men from PaK-Ersatz-und-Ausbildungs-Bataillon 33

The Panzer-Werkstatt-Kompanie is to be formed with men from 25. Panzergrenadier-Division with 2x le Krad. 350ccm, 3x Krad. mit Seitenwagen, 2x leichter Pkw, 4x leichter Pkw, gl., (4-sitzig), 1x Lkw 2t, offen, gl., 1x Lkw 2t, geschlossen, 3x Lkw 3t, offen, 4x Lkw 3t, offen, gl., 11x Lkw 4,5t, offen 3x Werkstattkraftwagen, 1x Lkw 4,5t, offen, gl. (Kfz. 100), 3x SdKfz 9, 1x SdKfz 9/1, 3x Bergepanther (SdKfz 179) and 6x Anhänger. But the maintenance units of the Panzer-Abteilung and the Panzergrenadier-Batallion were never actually formed. This has very serious consequences, because all vehicles needing repair now have to be send to the Tank Maintenance Detachment, which was normally far behind the front.

In total, the Brigade is given six weeks for formation and training, including a week for vehicle familiarization. This wasn't much time, but much more than was afforded the other Brigades raised during the same period.

During the following weeks the equipment for the Panzer-Brigade arrives at the Truppenübungsplatz in Mielau:

- 20x m.SPW (Sd.Kfz. 251) are assigned on 14.08.1944 (transported to Mielau on 19.08.1944)

- 21x m.SPW on 20.08.1944 (15.08 and 26.08.1944)

- 11x Pz.Kpfw. V (Panther) and 2x Bergepanther on 21.08.1944 (24.08.1944)

- 8x Pz.Kpfw. V on 23.08.1944 (27.08.1944)

- 32x m.SPW on 23.08.1944 (30.08.1944)

- 16x m.SPW on 24.08.1944 (30.08.1944)

- 17x Pz.Kpfw.V on 25.08.1944 (28.08.1944)

- 42x m.SPW on 26.08.1944 (30.08.1944)

- 22x m.SPW on 27.08.1944 ( 01.09.1944)

- 4x m.SPW on 29.08.1944 (01.09.1944)

- 11x Pz.Kpfw.IV/70(V)) on 30.08.1944 (08.09.1944)

On 30.08.1944 creation starts of a Panzer-FlaK-Zug for Panzer-Abteilung 2107, 4x Flakpanzerkampfwagen IV (3,7cm Flak 43)(Sd.Kfz. 161/3) from 3./Panzer-Ersatz-und-Ausbildungs-Abteilung 204 and personnel from Wehrkreis XII, as well as a Panzer-FlaK-Zug with Sd.Kfz.251/21 "Drilling" for the Brigade-Stab, also from men from Wehrkreis XII.