Panzer Jägers

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Panzer Jägers

Post by Eightball » 22 Mar 2003 13:29

I was wondering. What kind of units were given the title of "Panzer Jäger"?
Was it only tank destroyers? Or could any tank be given this title?

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Post by Madsen » 22 Mar 2003 14:06

wasn't the tank destroyer troops (troops eq with weapons for tank hunting, like Jagdpanther) the only one to be called Panzerjägers

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Post by Polynike » 22 Mar 2003 16:31

yes usually the self propelled tank destroyer troops carried the title panzer jager..dont know if your standard run of the mill PAK troops adopted the same title though?

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Post by Christoph Awender » 22 Mar 2003 19:32

Hello!

At the beginning of the war all anti tank units were called Panzerabwehr-.
On 16.März 1940 (hope the date is correct) all Panzerabwehr units were renamed Panzerjäger as Abwehr was a too defensive expression and hunter was more proper to boost morale.
Panzerjäger were all self propelled as well as drawn anti tank guns.

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Post by Eightball » 22 Mar 2003 21:41

I see, so ordinary tanks weren't given this title.
How about Stukas? I mean, they were fitted with Flaks for primarily tasks of tank destroying?

thanks for the response all.

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