Panzergrenadier Division Kurmark
|Panzergrenadier Division Kurmark|
|Active||February - May 1945|
|Garrison/HQ||Wehrkreis III: Frankfurt an der Oder|
The Panzergrenadier Division Kurmark, sometimes also referred to as Panzer Division Kurmark, was a semi-armoured formation of the German Army during World War II. It was raised in January 1945 as part of the defences of the German capital of Berlin. It was named after the Kurmark region of Brandenburg.
The division was part of the German 9th Army (Army Group Vistula) and was deployed around Frankfurt on the Oder. It was surrounded alongside other Wehrmacht and SS formations of the 9th Army south-east of Berlin. They abandoned and blew up their last three King Tiger tanks on 30 April 1945 after they had run out of fuel. Remnants of the Panzergrenadier Division Kurmark broke out of the pocket and reached Jerichow on the Elbe where they surrendered to the U.S. Army in May 1945.
The commander of the division during its short history:
- Generalmajor Willy Langkeit (31 January 1945 - 7 May 1945)
Order of Battle, April 1945
The divisions order of battle:
- Panzer-Regiment Kurmark
- Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment Kurmark
- Panzer-Füsilier-Regiment Kurmark (former Grenadier-Regiment 1235)
- Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment Kurmark
- Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung Kurmark
- Panzer-Pionier-Battalion Kurmark
- Panzer-Nachrichten-Abteilung Kurmark
- Versorgungstruppen Panzergrenadier-Division Kurmark
- Mitcham, p. 239
- Beevor, Antony (2002). Berlin: The Downfall 1945 p. 362. ISBN 0-670-88695-5
- Mitcham, p. 240
- Mitcham, Samuel W. (2000). The Panzer Legions. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3353-3.
- Stoves, Rolf (1986). Die Gepanzerten und Motorisierten Deutschen Grossverbände 1935 – 1945 [The armoured and motorised German divisions and brigades 1935–45]. Bad Nauheim: Podzun-Pallas Verlag. ISBN 3-7909-0279-9.