The Zustandsberichte is report made out on the first of the month by the commander of theunit being reported on (a Division, Regiment, Abteilung etc.). It was then sent to the parent unit(usually an Armeekorps or the like) for review and a statement by the commander of that unit.Basicly it is a report of the current strength of the unit in question, with a brief statement by thecommanding officer and a brief statement by the commander of the parent unit.I have decided to make this document to help out novice military historians in the readingand understanding of the Zustandsberichte. The difficulty is not in understanding what is happeningin the document but in deciphering what all of the boxes and abbreviation mean. That is the focus of this short document. It will include visual aids to make understanding a little easier.The Zustandsberichte is comprised of one sheet printed on both sides. We will start at the topof side one and work our way down, then we will look at the side two.We will be using a Zustandsberichte issued by s.Pz.Abt. 301 (Fkl) reporting on 1.12.1944 toLXXXI.Armee-Korps.On the next page will be shown the front of the document in whole. We will then break itdown into its seperate parts.I will be using the terms in their original German followed by the translation. The formatwill be thus: Original word [expanded word if an abbreviation] (translation) - followed by anexplanation if needed.Zustandsberichte from earlier in the war will differ from this example but it is read the sameway.