Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle 2

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Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle 2
Active 09 March 1945 - 08 May 1945
Country  Germany
Allegiance Adolf Hitler
Branch SA
Type Panzer
Role Armoured warfare
Size Division
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Generalmajor Franz Bäke

Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle 2, commanded by Dr. Franz Bäke, was a late World War II Wehrmacht panzer division. It was formed in March 1945 of the remnants of other divisions and stationed with a home base at Wehrkreis XX. It was moved to Slovakia in 1945 where it fought its only battles (Slovakia and the upper Danube). It was later disbanded.

History[edit]

The Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle 2 was formed in March 1945 from the Replacement and Training Brigade Feldherrnhalle, which had been forced out of Danzig early that year.[1] The new division was sent to join the 8th Army which was located in Slovakia at the time.[1] In April 1945 the division fought its only battles, in Slovakia and on the upper Danube.[1]

On 08 May 1945, the division was given the order to surrender.[1] Major General Butler, commander of an American unit was contacted about accepting the surrender of the division. The Americans desired to hand the German troops over to the Soviets in the area,[1] however the Germans fooled Butler by taking him to see a HQ which the Germans placed forward of their main lines. This allowed the German unit to move into the captivity of the Americans as they headed in the opposite direction.

Units[edit]

  • Panzer Regiment Feldherrnhalle 2
  • Panzer Grenadier Regiment Feldherrnhalle 2
  • Panzer Artillery Regiment Feldherrnhalle 2
  • 13th Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion
  • Panzerjager Battalion Feldherrnhalle 2
  • Motorized Engineer Battalion Feldherrnhalle 2
  • Motorized Signal Battalion Feldherrnhalle 2
  • Army Flak Artillery Battalion Feldherrnhalle[2]

Commander[edit]

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Notes[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mitcham 2006, p. 226.
  2. ^ Nafziger, George. "Organizational History of the German Armored Formations 1939-1945" (PDF). Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library. US Army Combined Arms Center. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 

References[edit]

Books
  • Mitcham, Samuel W. (2006). The Panzer Legions: A Guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of World War II and Their Commanders. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-811733-53-X. 
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