A disadvantage was the shortage of Panzerfäuste. According to Stöber the division did not receive any untilmid-July and then only in insufficient quantities.
The division had all 42 StuG StuG it was authorized, but it lacked command vehicles. Such were notdelivered to the division until 12 August when three Pz IV (Bef.Wg.) arrived.
It seems that the divisionreceived no replacements of assault guns during the battle.Lack of transport meant that the division could not be moved immediately to Normandy after the alliedinvasion. On 6 June only reconnaissance of roads to Normandy occurred, but on 7 June the first units beganto move.
The unit that moved fastest was the Aufkl.Abt. which reached Balleroy (half-way between St. Lôand Bayeux) already on 8 June, despite being subjected to several attack by enemy fighter-bombers.
Theseattacks caused only slight losses.
Only four of the six infantry battalions began the march to Normandy on the 7th and not even these could be fully motorized. The remaining two infantry battalions had to use bicycles for their march to Normandy.On the eveneing of the 7th the artillery and 2./SS-Flak.Abt. 17 began moving north, while the assault gunsand the Marders were loaded on train.
The trains carrying the assault guns and panzerjägers were subjected to several air attacks. One StuG wasdestroyed when petrol barrels were hit and three men were killed during these attacks. The 17. SS-Pz.Gren.Div. claimed to have shot down two fighter-bombers.
At about 10.00 on 9 June the assault guns and Marders had unloaded between Montreuil and la Fleche.Thereafter they began marching towards Mayenne.
On 10 June the SS-Aufkl.Abt. 17 went into action on the sector weakly held by the 352. Inf.Div.
The sameday the most advanced elements of SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 37 had reached La Chapelle (south east of St. Lô).
One day later it was reported that parts of the division were in position south west of Carentan, ready toattack in northerly or easterly direction.
On 14 June it was reported that most of the division had arrived.One component that did not arrive in June was the engineer battalion, which remained in the Saumur area,to work on crossings over the Loire river. It was not until 10 July it began moving from Saumur to Normandy.
It arrived two days later.
The le. Brückenkolonne did however remain in the Saumur area.
The ration strength of the battalion amounted to 726 before it began the movement.
Also the Flak battalionremained near Saumur. It was not until the end of June it deployed in Normandy.
The Flak battalion had astrength of 657 men.
One battery, the 1./SS-Flak-Abt. 17, remained guarding the bridges at Saumur sinceit had no vehicles to tow its 8,8 cm guns.
Since the Flak battalion, the engineer battalion and most of the Panzerjäger battalion were missing whenthe division arrived in Normandy, it probably numbered no more than about 15 500 men. When theyarrived, the missing elements did not compensate for the losses incurred.The first major actions for the division were fought southwest of Carentan. On 13 June the SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.37, supported by assault guns attacked the US 101. Airborne Division.
Until 15 June (inclusive) the division lost 79 killed in action, 316 wounded and 61 missing. Twenty-four assault guns were still operational, while thirteen were in short term repair.