The Panzer-Brigade 101 was formed on 5 July 1941 and was equipped with captured French tanks. It was disbanded and used to create the stab for 23. Panzer-Division on 21 September 1941.

A new unit with this name was formed on 21 July 1944 and it was integrated into 20. Panzer-Division on 21 September 1944.

Commanders (first unit)

Oberst Botho Elster

Commanders (second unit)

Oberst von Lauchert
Major Breidenbach
Oberstleutnant Dr. Zahn

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (2)
- Brücher, Albrecht, 18.11.1944, Oberleutnant, 2./Pz.Abt. 2101
- Giese, Horst, 20.09.1944, Leutnant, 2./Pz.Abt. 2101
Holders of the Knight's Cross (2)
- Breidenbach, Friedrich-Wilhelm 30.09.1944 Major Führer Pz-Brig 101
- Reintjes, Heinz 18.11.1944 Oberleutnant d.R. Führer Pz.Gren.Btl 2101

Order of battle (1941)

Panzer-Regiment 203
Panzer-Regiment 204

Order of battle (1944)

Brigade-Stab
Panzer-Abteilung 2101
Panzergrenadier-Bataillon 2101
Panzer-Pionier-Kompanie 2101
Versorgungs- und Nachschub-Kompanie 2101

Sources used

Thomas L. Jentz & Werner Regenberg - Panzer Tracts No. 19-1: Beute-Panzerkampfwagen
François de Lannoy & Josef Charita - Panzertruppen: German armored troops 1935-1945
Werner Regenberg & Horst Scheibert - Beutepanzer unterm Balkenkreuz: Französische Kampfpanzer
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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