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Old 02-06-2014, 04:53 AM   #1
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Hermann Goering Para-Panzer Pzkw 2 in Italy?

I was reading strength reports from the HG Panzer for 1944, 1July.
Type. ---------- Authorized. ----- Available.
Assault gun. ------- 31. ---------- 0
Pz II ----------------- 3. ----------- 2
PZ IV---------------- 98. ----------- 12
PZ V.------------------3. ---------- 0
Pz 38t.---------------12. ---------- ?
AC&APC.-------------341.---------- 118
SP/AT---------------- 28. ----------0

Officers.-------------- 655.-------------495
NCOs.--------------- 5126------------3285
Men.---------------- 15368----------13148
Aux volunteers. ------- 972------------140

Total. -------------- 22157---------- 17045

So, what model Pz II would these have been, and where were they assigned? Recon? HQ Security?
And Pz 38t? In 1944?
This also shows that a paper division was much less powerful than one might think.

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Old 04-26-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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Re: Hermann Goering Para-Panzer Pzkw 2 in Italy?

Seeing as nobody has offered any answer, i'll offer my educated guess....

I would say they were issued to the panzer reconnaissance platoon attached to the headquarters company of the panzer regiment, probably to be used until newer models such as the Lynx were issued.

The reconnaissance platoons attached to headquarters companies of the panzer and infantry regiments respectively should not be mistaken for the dedicated reconnaissance battalion (Aufklarungs Abteilung).
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:52 PM   #3
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Re: Hermann Goering Para-Panzer Pzkw 2 in Italy?

hello,
nice work my friend!!!


I heard some people just found Hermann Goering's personnel Horch two door car in a farm in west Virginia..
Nice car he had...
thanks
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Re: Hermann Goering Para-Panzer Pzkw 2 in Italy?

Just a side note, follow up... from reading diaries etc...
Pzkw II in Italy were not Luchs model, which went to East and later West front.
Pzkw II usually worked in pairs, usually with a platoon of medium tanks.
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