1st Panzer Division (Bundeswehr)

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

1. Panzerdivision
1. PzDiv
1. Panzerdivision (Bundeswehr).svg
1st Armoured Division insignia
Active1956–present
Country Germany
BranchArmy
TypeDivision
RoleConventional warfare, peacekeeping
Size18,000 soldiers (+3,000 dutch soldiers from 2019)
Part ofGerman Army
Garrison/HQOldenburg (Oldenburg)
Nickname(s)The first one
Die Erste
Motto(s)Roughly: Go! Let's tackle it!
Man drup - man to! (Low German)
AnniversariesJuly 1st 1956
EngagementsKosovo War
War in Afghanistan
Commanders
Current
commander
Generalmajor Juergen-Joachim von Sandrart
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", short: "1. PzDiv") is an armoured division of the German Army. Its headquarter is based in Oldenburg. In the course of the last reorganisation of the Bundeswehr it became the backbone of Germany's newly formed intervention forces with a manpower of 35,000 soldiers. The 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 43rd Mechanized Brigade of the Royal Netherlands Army is integrated into the 1st Panzer Division since 2019.

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.

In April 2019 the division headquarters took the role of exercise High Command (HICON) for Exercise "Allied Spirit X" at Hohenfels Training Area in Bavaria.[1] The exercise lead is routinely rotated among coalition/NATO partners. The exercise primarily involved the 21st Panzer Brigade, the Lithuanian Iron Wolf Brigade, and their subordinate units; 5,630 participants from 15 nations took part. The division already had Dutch, British and Polish officers within its ranks. The US Army's 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, took part in the exercise.[2][3] Six engineering advisor teams from 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade provided hands-on experience and testing of secure communications between NATO allies and partners.[4][5][6]

Structure May 2020[edit]

Organization of the 1st Panzer Division.

Geographic Distribution[edit]

1st Panzer Division (Bundeswehr) is located in Germany
1 Panzer Division
1 Panzer Division
1 Ops Sup. (R)
1 Ops Sup. (R)
901 Eng. (R)
901 Eng. (R)
1st Panzer Division (Bundeswehr)
*
*
1st Panzer Division (Bundeswehr)
3 Recon
3 Recon
33 PzGren.
33 PzGren.
91 Jäger
91 Jäger
130 Engineer
130 Engineer
141 Supply
141 Supply
7 Recon
7 Recon
203 Panzer 212 PzGren.
203 Panzer
212 PzGren.
1st Panzer Division (Bundeswehr)
1 Jäger
1 Jäger
921 Jäger (R)
921 Jäger (R)
1 Engineer
1 Engineer
7 Supply
7 Supply
6 Recon
6 Recon
401 PzGren.
401 PzGren.
411 PzGren.
411 PzGren.
908 PzGren. (R)
908 PzGren. (R)
142 Supply
142 Supply
413 Jäger
413 Jäger
803 Engineer
803 Engineer
414 Panzer
414 Panzer
Locations of 1st Panzer Division units:
Units: DeepPink pog.svg Panzer, Pink pog.svg Panzergrenadier, Green pog.svg Jäger (Rifles), Orange pog.svg Reconnaissance, Yellow pog.svg Artillery, Black pog.svg Engineer, Purple pog.svg Supply
*92 Panzergrenadier, 93 Panzer, 325 Artillery

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