The Ersatz-Brigade Großdeutschland was formed in Cottbus in June 1942. It was sent to the front in February 1945 and in March it was used to strengthen Panzergrenadier-Division Brandenburg.
It was reformed as Panzergrenadier-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Brigade Großdeutschland and in April it was redesignated Panzer-Ausbildungs-Verband Großdeutschland (in some sources listed as Panzergrenadier-Einsatz-Brigade Großdeutschland). It was absorbed by 15. Panzergrenadier-Division in April.

Order of battle

Infanterie-Ersatz-Regiment (mot.) Großdeutschland
Artillerie-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung Großdeutschland

Order of battle (April 1945, planned)

Panzer-Ausbildungs-Abteilung Großdeutschland
Panzer-Grenadier-Ausbildungs-Regiment Großdeutschland
Offiziersbewerberschule Großdeutschland
Panzer-Artillerie-Ausbildungs-Abteilung Großdeutschland
Panzer-Pionier-Ausbildungs-Bataillon Großdeutschland
Panzer-Nachrichten-Ausbildungs-Abteilung Großdeutschland
Panzer-Ausbildungs-Abteilung 20

Order of battle (April 1945, combat troops)

Regiment Wackernagel (Panzer-Grenadier-Ausbildungs-Regiment Großdeutschland)
Regiment Poerschmann (Offiziersbewerberschule Großdeutschland)

Soldiers of Ersatz-Brigade GD with a Flakvierling 38
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Soldier of Ersatz-Brigade GD with a rangefinder
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Soldier of Ersatz-Brigade GD training with a mockup of a T-34 built over a captured Polish TK-3 tankette
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Training with a Panzer IV
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Sources used

Helmuth Spaeter - The history of Panzerkorps Großdeutschland
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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