In the summer of 1943 the former Lehr-Regiment 901 (mot) which was back home from the Southern Sector of the Eastern Front since April 1943 for refitting, was restructured and redesignated Panzergrenadier-Versuchs-Regiment 901. Parallel to the moving of Panzertruppenschule Wünsdorf to Bergen the Rgt. was stationed in Fallingbostel in August 1943. From there it was transported by train to Italy where it arrived at St. Pietro des Carso (Dalmatia) on 19 September 1943. During “Fall Achse” (with the Italian defection) it was used as a Heerestruppe unit for security tasks (roads, railways). It was engaged in heavy fightings in the area Fiume-Duga Resa-Tulza. At the turn of September/October 1943 the Rgt. moved to Slowenia where it was used for anti-partisan combat. Mid November 1943 it moved to Bosnia (Pz.AOK 2). At last located at Banja Luka the unit left the Balcan in January 1944. It was redesignated Panzergrenadier-Lehr-Regiment 901 on 10 January 1944. In France, area Nancy-Verdun-Toul-Luneville, it took part in the preparations and the formation process of the new Panzer-Lehr-Division, as it was to become one of the two Pz.Gren.Rgter of this division. Hereby its status as a Heerestruppe unit ended.

Commanders

Oberst Georg Scholze (July 1943 – 19 July 1944) (1)

Area of operations

Italy (Sep 1943 – Oct 1943)
Slowenia (Oct 1943 – Nov 1943)
Bosnia, Croatia (Nov 1943 – Jan 1944)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (1)
- Kübler, Christian, 23.03.1944, Major, Pz.Gren.Lehr-Rgt. 90
Holders of the Knight's Cross (1)
- Philipps, Karl 07.04.1944 Oberleutnant Chef 5./Pz.Gren-Lehr-Rgt 901

Order of battle

Stab
I. Bataillon
1. – 4. Kp
II. Bataillon
5. – 8. Kp
9.(s.I.G.) Kompanie [Sd.Kfz. 138/1]
10.(Pi)Kompanie

Notes

1. Georg Scholze was still Kdr. when the Rgt. was an organic part of Pz.Lehr.Div.

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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