27. Panzer-Division

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The 27. Panzer-Division was formed in October 1942 in southern Russia from Kampfgruppe Michalik (formed from elemets of 22. Panzer-Division). It fought at Voronezh and Voroshilovgrad until it was disbanded on 15 February 1943 and absorbed into 7. Panzer-Division and 24. Panzer-Division.

Commanders

Oberst Helmut Michalik (01 Oct 1942 - 30 Nov 1942) m.d.F.b.
Oberst Hans Tröger (30 Nov 1942 - 31 Dec 1942) m.d.F.b.
Generalmajor Hans Tröger (01 Jan 1943- 25 Jan 1943)
Oberst von Kronhelm (26 Jan 1943 - 15 Feb 1943) m.d.F.b.

Area of operations

Eastern front, southern sector (Oct 1942 - Feb 1943)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (6)
- Bier, Roland, 06.11.1942, Oberleutnant, 2./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 140
- Friedrich, Alfred, 25.01.1943, Major, I./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 140
- Köhler, Hans, 07.02.1943, Oberleutnant, 1./Pz.Jg.Abt.127
- Secker, Walter, 02.04.1943, Oberleutnant, 1./Pz.Pi.Btl. 127
- Siebert, Werner, 05.04.1943, Hauptmann, I./Pz.Art.Rgt. 127
- Wehrhahn, Kurt, 13.08.1943, Oberleutnant, II./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 140
Holders of the Knight's Cross (1)
- Maempel, Rudolf 05.12.1943 Oberst Kdr Pz.Gren.Rgt 140 [awarded after division was disbanded but for actions with 27. Pz.Div]

Order of battle

Panzer-Abteilung 127
Panzergrenadier-Regiment 140
Panzer Artillerie Regiment 127
Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung 27
Panzerjäger Abteilung 127
Panzer Pionier Bataillon 127
Panzer Nachrichten Abteilung 127
Versorgungstruppen

Notable members

Herbert Zimmermann (post-war a famous football commentator on the German radio)

Sources used

Microfilm Publication A-3356, German Officer Personnel files, NARA
RKT & DKiGT karteikarten, BA/MA
Dermot Bradley, Karl-Friedrich Hildebrand, Markus Rövekamp - Die Generale des Heeres 1921-1945
François de Lannoy & Josef Charita - Panzertruppen: German armored troops 1935-1945
Wolf Keilig - Die Generale des Heeres
Andris Kursietis - Die Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945
Kurt Mehner - Die Deutsche Wehrmacht 1939-1945: Führung und Truppe
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - The Panzer Legions: A guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of WWII and Their Commanders
Peter Schmitz, Klaus-Jürgen Thies, Günter Wegmann & Christian Zweng - Die deutschen Divisionen 1939-1945 (4 Vol)
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Günther Wegmann - Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht, Teil VIII a: Panzertruppe, Band 1
Günter Wegmann & Christian Zweng - Formationsgeschichte u. Stellenbesetzung der deutschen Streitkräfte, 1815-1990, Teile IV, Abt. 1:  Die Dienststellen, Kommandobehörden u. Truppenteile des Heeres, Oct.35-May.45

Reference material on this unit

Rolf Stoves - 22. Panzer-Division, 25. Panzer- Division. 27. Panzer-Division und die 233. Reserve-Panzer-Division

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