The Panzer-Abteilung (Fkl) 301 was formed on 9 September 1942 by the redesignation of Panzer-Abteilung (FL) 300. It was transferred to Heeresgruppe Nord where it remained until December when it withdrew for refitting. It later saw action at Kursk. In January 1944 it was sent to Italy.
After leaving France in August 1944 it was ordered to reorganize with Tiger I tanks, it was issues a total of 31 rebuilt Tiger I tanks, including 10 from schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 103. It took part in the Ardennes offensive. On 16 April it had withdrawn to Sprockhövel where it blew up its last three Tiger tanks.
The "(Fkl)" in the name was for "Funklenk", a reference to the radio-controlled demolition vehicles used.
Markus Jaugitz - Die Deutsche Fernlenktruppe (2 vol)
Thomas L. Jentz - Funklenk Panzertruppen (in AFV NEWS, Sept-Dec. 1986, Volume 21, No.3)
Thomas L. Jentz - Panzertruppen (2 vol)
Wolfgang Schneider - Tigers in Combat I
Kjell Svensson - Tyska radiostyrda pansarfordon (in Pansar #4/1997)
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
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