1st Panzer Division (Bundeswehr)
|Intervention Force Division / 1st Panzer Division
1st Armoured Division insignia
|Role||Conventional warfare, peacekeeping|
|Size||18,000 soldiers (+3000 dutch soldiers from 2019)|
|Part of||German Army|
|Nickname(s)||The first one
|Motto(s)||Roughly: Go! Let's tackle it!
Man drup - man to! (Low German)
|Anniversaries||July 1st 1956|
War in Afghanistan
|Brigadegeneral Markus Laubenthal|
|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.
The Dutch 43rd Mechanized Brigade. will be integrated into the 1st Panzer Division, and will be operational from 2019.
Intervention Force Division / 1st Panzer Division is Germany's last full-scale conventional division.
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.
- 1st Panzerdivision in Oldenburg
- HQ and Signal Company 1st Panzerdivision in Oldenburg
- 325th Artillery Demonstration Battalion (Artillerielehrbataillon 325) in Munster with 16x PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzers, 8x M270 MLRS multiple rocket launch systems, KZO drones and 2x Euro-Art COBRA counter-battery radars
- 9th Panzer Demonstration Brigade (Panzerlehrbrigade 9) in Munster
- HQ and Signal Company 9th Panzer Demonstration Brigade in Munster
- 3rd Reconnaissance Demonstration Battalion (Aufklärungslehrbataillon 3) in Lüneburg with Fennek reconnaissance vehicles and KZO drones
- 33rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Panzergrenadierbataillon 33) in Neustadt am Rübenberge with 44x Puma infantry fighting vehicles
- 91st Rifles Battalion (Jägerbataillon 91) in Rotenburg an der Wümme with GTK Boxer armored personnel carriers
- 92nd Mechanized Infantry Demonstration Battalion (Panzergrenadierlehrbataillon 92) in Munster with 44x Puma infantry fighting vehicles
- 93rd Tank Demonstration Battalion (Panzerlehrbataillon 93) in Munster with 44x Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks
- 130th Armored Engineer Battalion (Panzerpionierbataillon 130) in Minden
- 141st Supply Battalion (Versorgungsbataillon 141) in Neustadt am Rübenberge
- 21st Panzer Brigade (Panzerbrigade 21) in Augustdorf
- HQ and Signal Company 21st Panzer Brigade in Augustdorf
- 7th Reconnaissance Battalion (Aufklärungsbataillon 7) in Ahlen with Fennek reconnaissance vehicles and KZO drones
- 1st Rifles Battalion (Jägerbataillon 1), Schwarzenborn with GTK Boxer armored personnel carriers
- 203rd Panzer Battalion (Panzerbataillon 203) in Augustdorf with 30x Leopard 2A6 and 14 x Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks
- 212th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Panzergrenadierbataillon 212) in Augustdorf with 44x Puma infantry fighting vehicles
- 1st Armored Engineer Battalion (Panzerpionierbataillon 1) in Holzminden
- 7th Supply Battalion (Versorgungsbataillon 7) in Unna
- 41st Panzergrenadier Brigade in Neubrandenburg
- HQ and Signal Company 41st Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Neubrandenburg
- 6th Reconnaissance Battalion (Aufklärungsbataillon 6) in Eutin with Fennek reconnaissance vehicles and KZO drones
- 401st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Panzergrenadierbataillon 401) in Hagenow with 44x Puma infantry fighting vehicles
- 411th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Panzergrenadierbataillon 411) in Viereck with 44x Puma infantry fighting vehicles
- 413th Rifles Battalion (Jägerbataillon 413) in Torgelow with GTK Boxer armored personnel carriers
- 803rd Armored Engineer Battalion (Panzerpionierbataillon 803) in Havelberg
- 142nd Supply Battalion (Versorgungsbataillon 142) in Hagenow
- Official website of Intervention Force Division / 1st Armoured Division
- Concept of the Anti-Air Regiment 6