Regiment commander is requesting antitank guns and flakweapons. All of those weapons are in the regimental weapons battalion.Now three panzer grenadier companies are pinned in minefields.The Division Commander has two battalions of 150mm artillery underhis direct control. What should the division commander do? He cannotstart all over. The division is in danger of being defeated in detail.
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How should the panzer division commander have organized his strikebattalions for his advance, to begin with?
Organization of Panzer Grenadier Battalion Battle Group for BlitzCombat,
2 Rifle Companies
, each composed of: 2 rifle platoons, one sub-machinegun platoon
, composed of: Two sub-machine gun platoons, 1Engineer Platoon (on halftracks)
(on jeeps or Volkswagens) or detachment of thedivisional reconnaissance battalion (2 recon platoons to eachpanzer grenadier battalion and two recon companies to the PanzerRegiment.
: 2 Hetzers or SgIII-75, or two 75mm ATGtowed by halftracks
Intrinsic Battalion 81mm Mortar support unit
Direct Fire Artillery
: Stg42, or Brumbar, or GW38, or tractordrawn 150mm (2 weapons each)
: 2 20mm Flak Guns (anti-aircraft and anti-personnel)
Heavy Machine guns
: 1 platoon