24th Panzer Division (Wehrmacht)

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German 24th Panzer Division
Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-218-0525-05, Russland-Süd (Don, Stalingrad), Panzer III.jpg
A Panzer III of the 24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad.
Active 28 November 1941 – 8 May 1945
Country Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Branch Heer
Type Division
Role Panzer
March

World War II

Anniversaries in former East Germany
Engagements World War II
Commanders
Notable
commanders
General of the Cavalry (Germany) Kurt Feldt
Insignia
1941-1942 24th Panzer Division logo 2.svg
1943-1945 24th Panzer Division logo.svg

The 24th Panzer Division was formed in 1942 from the 1st Cavalry Division based at Königsberg.

Service[edit]

It served under the Fourth Panzer Army in Army Group South of the Eastern Front. In late December 1942 it was encircled in the Battle of Stalingrad and destroyed. It was reformed in March 1943 and served in Normandy, Italy and then went back to the Eastern Front where it suffered heavy casualties around Kiev and the Dnepr Bend. During spring-1944 it took part in the Battles of Târgu Frumos, part of the First Jassy-Kishinev Offensive. Near the end of the war it saw action in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia before it surrendered to the British in May 1945.

In keeping with the Division's mounted origins, the 24th Panzer's tank crewmen wore the golden-yellow Waffenfarbe of the cavalry rather than Panzer pink.

Legacy[edit]

The insignia of the 24th Panzer division was adopted in 1956 by the PzAufklBtl.3 of the newly created Bundeswehr.

Commanders[edit]

References[edit]

  • Panzers at war, A J Barker, 1978
  • Death of the Leaping Horseman, Jason D Mark, 2002