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The Panzergruppe 3 was formed on 16 November 1940 from the XV Armeekorps. It was redesignated 3. Panzerarmee on 1 January 1942.

Commanders

Generaloberst Hermann Hoth (16 Nov 1940 - 5 Oct 1941)
Generaloberst Hans-Georg Reinhardt (5 Oct 1941 - 1 Jan 1942)

Chiefs of Staff

Oberst Walther von Hünersdorff (16 Nov 1940 - 1 Jan 1942)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberstleutnant Harald Freiherr von Elverfeldt (16 Nov 1940 - 1 Feb 1941)
Oberstleutnant Carl Wagener (1 Feb 1941 - 1 Jan 1942)

Area of operations

France (Nov 1940 - June 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (June 1941 - Jan 1942)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (1)
- Hünersdorff von, Walther, 26.01.1942, Oberst i.G., Chef d. Gen.St. Pz.Gr. 3
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (1)
- Pollex, Kurt, 03.12.1942, Oberstleutnant i.G., Qu Pz.Gr. 3
Holders of the Knight's Cross (2)
- Oakleaves
-- Hoth, Hermann 17.07.1941 [25. EL] Generaloberst Befh. Pz.Gr. 3
-- Reinhardt, Georg-Hans 17.02.1942 [73. EL] General der Panzertruppe Befh. Pz.Gr. 3

Order of battle (27 June 1941)

LVII. Armeekorps (mot)
- 12. Panzer-Division
- 19. Panzer-Division
- 18. Infanterie-Division (mot)
XXXIX. Armeekorps (mot)
- 7. Panzer-Division
- 20. Panzer-Division
- 20. Infanterie-Division (mot)
- 14. Infanterie-Division (mot)

Order of battle (Oct 1941)

XXXIX Panzerkorps
7. Panzer-Division
20. Panzer-Division
14. Infanterie-Division (mot)
20. Infanterie-Division (mot)
LVII Panzerkorps
12. Panzer-Division
19. Panzer-Division
18. Infanterie-Division
V Armeekorps
5. Infanterie-Division
35. Infanterie-Division
VI Armeekorps
6. Infanterie-Division
26. Infanterie-Division
XLI Panzerkorps
1. Panzer-Division
36. Infanterie-Division
LVI Panzerkorps
6. Panzer-Division
7. Panzer-Division

Sources used

Research by Shawn Bohannon
François de Lannoy & Josef Charita - Panzertruppen: German armored troops 1935-1945
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Hermann Hoth - Panzer-Operationen: Die Panzergruppe 3 und der operative Gedanke der deutschen Führung Sommer 1941

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