1st Panzer Division (Bundeswehr)

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Intervention Force Division / 1st Panzer Division
1. Panzerdivision
1. Panzerdivision (Bundeswehr).svg
1st Armoured Division insignia
Active 1956–present
Country Germany
Branch Army
Type Division
Role Conventional warfare, peacekeeping
Size 18,000 soldiers
Part of German Army
Garrison/HQ Hanover
Nickname The first one
Die Erste
Motto Roughly: Go! Let's tackle it!
Man drup - man to! (Low German)
Anniversaries July 1st 1956
Engagements Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan
Commanders
Current
commander
Major General Carsten Jacobson
Notable
commanders
General Henning von Ondarza, COMAFCENT 1991–1994
General Helge Hansen, COMAFCENT 1994–1996
General Wolf-Dieter Langheld, COMJFC-B 2010–2012

The 1st Panzer Division (German: 1. Panzerdivision) is an armoured division of the German Army. It also bears the designation Intervention Force Division (Division Eingreifkräfte). Its staff is based at Hanover. In the course of the current reorganisation of the Bundeswehr it will become the backbone of Germany's newly formed intervention forces which will have a manpower of 35,000 soldiers in total. This division is equipped and trained for high intensity combat operations against militarily organized enemies as well as peacekeeping missions. The majority of all German troops assigned to EU-Battlegroups and Nato Response Forces will come from this division. It also represents Germany's permanent contribution to the binational I. German/Dutch Corps.

Intervention Force Division / 1st Panzer Division is Germany's last full-scale conventional division.

History[edit]

This division was formed on July 1, 1956, the day of the official inauguration of the Bundeswehr. It was the first fully operational unit of the new German Army. At first referred to as 1st Grenadier Division, it was reorganized in the 1980s and made fully armoured in 1981. During this period it was part of I Corps of the Bundeswehr Heer, in turn part of NATO's Northern Army Group, Allied Forces Central Europe.

1st Panzer Division has deployed to the Balkans, Afghanistan and to several peacekeeping operations. Troops of this division were also deployed to the support of civilian agencies during large natural disasters such as the Hamburg Floods of 1962, disastrous wild fires in Northern Germany in the 1970s and the 2002 Floods in Eastern Germany.

The division cultivates a partnership with the United States Army 28th Infantry Division.

Organisation[edit]

Structure 1st Armoured Division
  • 1st Armoured Division (1. Panzerdivision)[1]
    • Insignia of 1st Tank Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Armoured Division (Stab und Stabskompanie 1. Panzerdivision, Hanover)
    • Insignia of Army Band 1 Army Band 1 (Heeresmusikkorps 1, Hanover)
    • NBC Defense Battalion 7 (ABC-Abwehrbataillon 7, Höxter)
    • Insignia of Light NBC Defense Company 110 Light NBC Defense Company 110 (Leichte ABC-Abwehrkompanie 110, Sonthofen)
    • Insignia of Light Air Defense Demonstration Battery 610 Light Air Defense Demonstration Battery 610 (Leichte Flugabwehrraketenlehrbatterie 610, Panker-Todendorf)
    • Insignia of Reconnaissance Demonstration Battalion 3 Reconnaissance Demonstration Battalion 3 (Aufklärungslehrbataillon 3, Lüneburg)
    • Logistics Battalion 3 (Logistikbataillon 3, Rotenburg)
    • Insignia of Signals Regiment 1 Signals Regiment 1 (Fernmelderegiment 1, Rotenburg)
    • Insignia of Air Defense Demonstration Regiment 6 Air Defense Demonstration Regiment 6 (Flugabwehrlehrregiment 6, Lütjenburg)
    • Artillery Regiment 100 (Artillerieregiment 100, Mühlhausen)
      • Staff Battery
      • Surveillance & Target Acquisition Battalion 131
      • Rocket Artillery Battalion (MLRS) 132
    • Insignia of Engineer Regiment 100 Engineer Regiment 100 (Pionierregiment 100, Minden)
      • Staff Company
      • Armoured Engineer Battalion 1
      • Heavy Engineer Battalion 130
    • Insignia of Armoured Demonstration Brigade 9 Panzerlehrbrigade 9, Munster
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Munster)
      • Insignia of Armoured Artillery Demonstration Battalion 325 Armoured Artillery Demonstration Battalion 325 (Panzerartillerielehrbataillon 325, Munster)
      • Mechized Infantry Demonstration Battalion 92 (Panzergrenadierlehrbataillon 92, Munster)
      • Insignia of Tank Demonstration Battalion 93 Tank Demonstration Battalion 93 (Panzerlehrbataillon 93, Munster)
      • Insignia of Tank Battalion 33 Tank Battalion 33 (Panzerbataillon 33, Neustadt am Rübenberge)
      • Insignia of Logistics Battalion 141 Logistics Battalion 141 (Logistikbataillon 141, Neustadt am Rübenberge)
      • Insignia of Reconnaissance Demonstration Company 90 Reconnaissance Demonstration Company 90 (Aufklärungslehrkompanie 90, Munster)
      • Insignia of Armoured Engineer Demonstration Company 90 Armoured Engineer Demonstration Company 90 (Panzerpionierlehrkompanie 90, Munster)
    • Insignia of Tank Brigade 21 21st Armoured Brigade "Lipperland" (Panzerbrigade 21, Augustdorf)
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Augustdorf)
      • Insignia of Panzergrenadierbataillon 212 Mechanized Infantry Battalion 212 (Panzergrenadierbataillon 212, Augustdorf)
      • Insignia of Tank Battalion 203 Tank Battalion 203 (Panzerbataillon 203, Augustdorf)
      • Insignia of Armoured Artillery Battalion 215 Armoured Artillery Battalion 215 (Panzerartilleriebataillon 215, Augustdorf)
      • Insignia of Logistics Battalion 7 Logistics Battalion 7 (Logistikbataillon 7, Unna)
      • Insignia of Armoured Engineer Company 200 Armoured Engineer Company 200 (Panzerpionierkompanie 200, Augustdorf)
      • Reconnaissance Company 210 (Aufklärungskompanie 210, Augustdorf)

External links[edit]

New organisation of the Army Air Defence Troops

References[edit]

  1. ^ of the 1. Panzerdivision (German), state of 2008-01-01. Accessed 2009-09-25. Archived 2009-09-27.

Coordinates: 52°22′11.31″N 9°46′11.77″E / 52.3698083°N 9.7699361°E / 52.3698083; 9.7699361