Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

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Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Bernd R » 28 May 2008 17:17

http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=1315

Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark"

was formed on 30.01.1945 as Kampfgruppe [Brigade] Langkeit first from Panzergrenadier-Ersatz-Brigade "Großdeutschland". It was sent immediately into combat eastwards Frankfurt/Oder. After that first fightings it was restructured and strenghened in the area Cottbus in the first days of Feb 1945. With Führerbefehl the unit was named PGD "Kurmark" on 01.02.1945. Since 7 Feb 1945 the division was ordered to hold a defensive position with a length of around 18km in the line Frankfurt/Oder - Reitweiner Sporn [south of Küstrin]. It was strenghened with several Fahnenjunker-Grenadier-Regimenter here and there to cover those expanded frontline. Also attached for a short time in the first half of Feb - when Kurmark was overtaking the frontline - was III./SS-Art.-Lehr-Rgt. as III. Abt. (7.-9.) of the Art.Rgt., coming from Division Raegener (Div.Stab Raegener), where it was attached immediately in the beginning of Feb. (released from attachment presumably mid Feb at the latest)
At the turn of march/april 1945 the unit was recalled into reserve. Back in frontline on 16.04.1945 the division had to retreat, beginning on 19.04. Ending up in the Halbe pocket a part of the division after successful breakout went into US captivity near Jerichow on 5 May 1945.

In many sources it is incorrectly listed as Panzer-Division Kurmark. These are post-war misinterpretations ; with regard to the difficult late war situation is also might have happened that is was addressed as Panzer by superior or other commands.


Commanders
Oberst / Generalmajor (20.04.45) Willy Langkeit (23 Feb 1945 - 5 May 1945)

Operations Officers
Ia
Major i.G. Hans-Joachim von Hopffgarten ( 1 Feb 1945 - 25 Mar 1945)
Major Gerd Dittmar ( 25 Mar 1945 - May 1945)

IIa
Major Schreiner 00.00.1945 - 00.00.1945


Ib
Major i.G. Edel-Heinrich Zachariae-Lingenthal ( 1 Feb 1945 kdrt (from Führerreseve OKH) - 28 Feb 1945 )
( 1 Mar 1945 - end ? )



Area of operations
Eastern Germany (Jan 1945 - May 1945)
[Oder-Front , Seelower Höhen , Halbe-Kessel)


Order of Battle (April 1945)

Stab

Panzer-Regiment Kurmark [Kdr: Major Helmut Hudel, until feb ; Major Frotscher]
I. Abteilung [Kdr : Olt Wolf-Dieter Lützow]
1. - 4. Kp [with 1./Panzer-Jagd-Abt. 1551]
attached :
II.(BR) Abteilung
= I.(Panther)/Pz.Rgt. Brandenburg (ex I./Pz.Rgt. 26)
5. - 8. Kp
[Kdr: Major d.R. Hans-Siegfried Graf von Rothkirch und Trach (POW 5.2.) ; Hptm d.R. Wilhelm Knauth (KIA 25.4.) ; Hptm Ernst-Jürgen von dem Bussche (WIA 14.4.) ; Olt Petersen

Panzergrenadier-Regiment Kurmark [Kdr: OTL Max Klüver (WIA 5 Feb), Major René de l'Homme de Courbiére]
I. Bataillon (ex Alarmverband Schmelter = I./Kgr. Langkeit) [Kdr: Maj Petereit, WIA 5.2. ; Hptm Pollmann]
1. - 3. , 4.(MG), 5. (Granatwerfer)
II. Bataillon [Maj Karl-Friedrich Schöttler, WIA 2.2. ; Hptm Alois Windeck, WIA 6.2. ; Hptm Vehse]
6. - 8. , 9.(MG), 10. (Granatwerfer)
11.(IG)Kp , 12.(Pi)Kp

Panzerfüsilier-Regiment Kurmark [/u][Kdr : Major Herbert Pfeill (first days) , Hptm Walter Papenhagen (MIA/KIA Apr 45)]
april 45 from Fhj-GR 1235 (KS Dresden)

[u]Panzerartilerie-Regiment Kurmark
[Kdr: Maj Willi Hammerich]
I. Abteilung [Kdr: Hptm Ulrich Bubholtz , MIA/KIA? april 45]
1. - 3. Bttr.
II. Abteilung
4. - 6. StuG

Panzerjäger-Abteilung Kurmark
1 Kp

Panzeraufklärungs-Schwadron (gemischt) Kurmark
[Kdr: Major Otto-Christer Graf von Albedyll (KIA 1.5.)

Pionier-Bataillon Kurmark
1. Pz.Pi.Kp
2. Pi.Kp

Nachrichten-Kompanie

Heeres-Flak-Batterie

Kommandeur der Div.Nachschubtruppen 151

attached :
Fahnenjunker-Grenadier-Regiment 1234 , 1235 , 1239 , 1241 , 1242

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Bernd R » 28 May 2008 17:25

Any add & corr welcome !

Someone with a jan/feb OOB (Kgr. Langkeit) perhaps ?

The above new entry is compiled on base of the sources mentioned here :
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=1213471#p1213471
some re-check with Tessin, Verbände und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht
and
evaluating the vast info and knowledge found over at the Panzer-Archiv forum, explicitely the "late war divisions" thread they have there ; thanks, dear colleagues !
[not touched so far the early composition of the unit, as it really appears to be complex - and : the focus was to have one solid OOB here first)

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Endzeit Jan » 29 May 2008 11:57

Hi
IIa Major Schreiner 00.00.1945-00.00.1945

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Bernd R » 29 May 2008 14:59

new = blue , thanks Jan !
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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Marcus Wendel » 29 May 2008 20:17

Thanks.

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Gast » 06 Sep 2008 11:00

Oha. A very good work. What is the source???

http://www.seelow-1945.de/Pz.Gren.Div.%20Kurmark.htm

From CD-Rom "1945 - Von Küstrin über Seelow" / by Torsten Fudel

Commander of Pz.Gr.Rgt.Kmk...
Oberstleutnant Max Klüver (WIA 05.Feb.1945), Major Rene von Courbiére


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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Bernd R » 06 Sep 2008 13:42

Gast,

sources and references as provided above already :

The above new entry is compiled on base of the sources mentioned here :
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=1213471#p1213471
some re-check with Tessin, Verbände und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht
and
evaluating the vast info and knowledge found over at the Panzer-Archiv forum, explicitely the "late war divisions" thread they have there ; thanks, dear colleagues !


With the above link you are connected to a posting in another AHF thread, which contains this passage :
[...]
Sources which are based on first hand accounts of surviving participants and inhabitants of the region / sources in general :
Bildungswerk Brandenburg der Jakob-Kaiser-Stiftung e.v. (overtaking articles of german magazine "Stern" from sept 2005) -> Militärischer Zusammenbruch - Die letzten Tage von Klessin :
http://www.bildungswerk-jks.de/Meine_Bilder_und_Dateien/2005.08C%20-%20Deutschland%201945-48.pdf
Heimat-Lexikon LEBUS :
http://www.thate.info/lexikon/gloss01/kamp.html

The "Gedenkstätte Seelower Höhen" unfortunately is not yet ready with an online presentation of the battel (hopefully this will be an interesting and accurate presentation when ready :) )
http://www.gedenkstaette-seelower-hoehen.de/
This private "Seelow 1945" site has some good sections :
http://www.seelow-1945.de/Inhaltsverzeichnis.htm
especially this Panzergreandier-Division "Kurmark" page with OOB and Stellenbesetzung :
http://www.seelow-1945.de/Pz.Gren.Div.%20Kurmark.htm
and this highly interesting and useful page with persons involved (military personnel with posts!) :
http://www.seelow-1945.de/Personenregister.htm


So, on base of Tessin and "seelow-1945.de" several bits and pieces are gathered in attempting to get a compilation with more than any of the single sources used has (except unit history text which wasn't the task here). The detail with Olt Lützow, comanding only 1. Kompanie/Batterie / Pz.-Jagd.Abt. 1551, before it became part / was upgraded to the I. Abt. of the Kurmark Pz.Rgt. was discussed and a work result by the colleagues of the Panzer-Archiv.de .

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Gast » 07 Sep 2008 08:25

Is ok, Mister Bernd R.

Please, to add to...

III./SS-Artillerie-Lehr-Regiment [Kdr: SS-Stubaf. Hermann Schünemann, Feb 45 ; SS-Stubaf. Karl Bracht] *

* The III.SS-Art.-Lehr-Rgt. is at Feb.1945 displaced to the 32.SS-Div.

SS-Frw.-Artillerie-Regiment 32
Kommandeur : SS-Obersturmbannführer Huffmann (bei Verkehrsunfall Anfang † März 1945 ), *
SS-Sturmbannführer Hermann Schünemann, SS-Obersturmbannführer Lorenz

· I.Abt. / SS-Art.Rgt.32 SS-Sturmbannführer Ulrich Ernst

· II.Abt. / SS-Art.Rgt.32 SS-Hauptsturmführer Zenker

· III.Abt. / SS-Art.Rgt.32 SS-Hauptsturmführer Günter Partouns (im † April/Mai 1945 im Lazarett),
SS-Obersturmführer Friedrich Odoj (im † April 1945 vermisst / gefallen)

* Huffmann (not Hoffmann), see: Migge, Georg (Oberst): „Aus meinem Kriegstagebuch als stellvertretender Höherer Artilleriekommandeur bei der 9.Armee“

And to commander of the Füsilier-Rgt.Kmk, Major Pfeill...

Panzer-Füsilier-Regiment „Kurmark“
(im April aus dem Grenadier-Regiment 1235 gebildet)
Kommandeur: Major Herbert Pfeill (übernahm noch im April das Gren.Rgt.302 in der 303.Inf.Div.),
Hauptmann Walter Papenhagen (im † April 1945 vermisst / gefallen)

Grenadier-Regiment 302
Kommandeur : Major Dr. Bruno Wagler, Major Benno Weber (am † 14.April 1945 vermisst / gefallen im Raum Sachsendorf), Major Herbert Pfeill

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Gast » 07 Sep 2008 08:50

Excuse, any more.

See… http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=1315

Sorry, but with these sources and references alone…

Sources used
François de Lannoy & Josef Charita - Panzertruppen: German armored troops 1935-1945 ???

Reference material on this unit
Horst Scheibert - Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland
Helmuth Spaeter - The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland Vol 1-3

You don't say so!!!

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby histan » 08 Sep 2008 00:05

Some info on the 1b from Zweng

Zacharias-Lingenthal
01.02.1945 FR OKH kdrt Stb Pz Gren Div "Kurmark" (1b)
01.03.1945 Stab Pz Gren Div "Kurmark" (1b)

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Bernd R » 09 Sep 2008 16:31

Marcus,

please note the additions and edit in blue. The entry of III./SS-Art.-Lehr.Rgt. in the OOB for April is to cross out. I've made a short hint on that unit in the unit intro text.

John and Torsten,
thanks for the adds ! Those by Torsten covering other divisions will be used there.

Torsten,
many thanks for your cooperation ! Sorry for the omission with the source ! This has been done now.

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Marcus Wendel » 14 Sep 2008 09:24

Thanks everyone.

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Endzeit Jan » 15 Nov 2008 09:00

Hi
Ia Maj.Spaeter (?? ?? 1945- 31 Jan 1945)

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Re: Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark" - addition

Postby Jan-Hendrik » 04 Feb 2017 11:23

= I.(Panther)/Pz.Rgt. Brandenburg (ex I./Pz.Rgt. 26)
5. - 8. Kp
[Kdr: Major d.R. Hans-Siegfried Graf von Rothkirch und Trach (POW 5.2.) ; Hptm d.R. Wilhelm Knauth (KIA 25.4.) ; Hptm Ernst-Jürgen von dem Bussche (WIA 14.4.) ; Olt Petersen


v.d.Bussche-Haddenhausen took over already on 5.2.44 and was wounded the next day.
v.Rothkirch got POW on 6.2.44
Knauth seems to be a short time leader, Hauptmann Erberhard Heitzig lead the Abteilung until v.d.Bussche was back in action in mid March 1945.

Jan-Hendrik

Sources:

BAMA on Knauth, rest is from

Die Panther-Abteilung 'Brandenburg' 1945 und ihre Vorgeschichte als I.Abt Pz.Rgt.26

by Wolfgang Ockert and Axel Urbanke


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