Part of the Thumbnail Histories of the Sturmartillerie and Sturmgeschütz Units of the Heer series
by John

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 226

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 10 Apr.1941:
----- At the Old Camp at the Jüterbog Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Pritzbuer.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
29 May 1941..... Transferred to the area around Warsaw.
4 Jun.1941..... Attached to IX. Armeekorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
22 Jun.1941..... Attached to IX. Armeekorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
8 to 15 Jul.1941..... Attached to XXXVII. Armeekorps (mot.), 2. Panzergruppe, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
16 to 23 Jul.1941..... Assigned to 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
24 Jul. to 7 Aug.1941..... Attached to IX. Armeekorps, 2. Panzergruppe, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
8 to 21 Aug.1941..... Assigned to 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
22 to 23 Aug.1941..... Attached to XX. Armeekorps, 2. Panzergruppe, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
Aug.1941..... Attached to XXIV. Armeekorps (mot.), 2. Panzergruppe during the drive on Kiev from the north.
22 Sep.1941..... Assigned to 2. Armee (Reserve), Heeresgruppe Mitte.
29 Sep.1941..... Assigned to 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
5 Oct.1941..... Attached to XXXXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
19 Oct.1941..... Attached to XXXXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
20 to 21 Oct.1941..... Assigned to 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
24 Dec.1941..... Assigned to 2. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
3 Feb.1942..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.226 (minus one batterie) attached to XXXXIII. Armeekorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
Jun. to Jul.1942..... Participated in the Battle of Voronezh.
19 Jul.1942..... Transferred to Treuenbrietzen for rest and refitting.
11 Aug.1942..... Unit transferred to France to complete its refitting.
9 Sep.1942..... Transferred back to the Eastern Front.
Oct.1942..... Attached to L. Armeekorps, 11. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord, to assist in assaulting Leningrad.
14 Nov.1942..... Unit attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
24 Dec.1942..... Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
4 Jul.1943..... Assigned to 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
10 Nov.1943..... Elements of the Abteilung were attached to 58. Infanterie-Division, L. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 226.

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 228

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 10 Nov.1941:
----- At Treuenbrietzen, 21 km northwest of Jüterbog, Wehrkreis III.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Wilhelm von Malachowski.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Dec.1942..... After originally being scheduled to see service in North Afrika, Stu.Gesch.Abt.228 was, instead, sent to the area of Ostrov on the Eastern Front. It was assigned to support 8. Italian Armee in the fighting northwest of Stalingrad.
17 Mar.1943..... Unit attached to XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
4 Jul.1943..... Attached to III. Panzerkorps, Armee-Abteilung “Kempf”, Heeresgruppe Sud.
24 Aug.1943..... Attached to 6. Panzer-Division, XLII. Armeekorps, 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
5 Jan.1944..... Attached to XXXXVII. Panzerkorps, 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud fighting around Kirovograd.
10 Feb.1944.......... Attached to XI. Armeekorps, 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud surrounded in the Korsun Pocket.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 228.

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 232

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 10 Nov.1941:
----- At the Treuenbrietzen Truppenübungsplatz, 21km northeast of Jüterbog in Wehrkreis III, within the Artillerie-Lehr-Regiment.
----- Unit completed formation Dec.1942.
First Commanding Officer: Major Gottfried Geissler.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Dec.1942..... Unit originally intended to be sent to North Afrika and was even outfitted with tropical uniforms.
24 Dec.1942..... Alerted for transfer to the Eastern Front.
Late Dec.1942..... After arriving in the Kalmucken Steppes area of southern Russia the unit was offloaded at Sailz and immediately thrown into action as a part of the forces gathered to assist the breakout of 6. Armee’s encirclement at Stalingrad. The attempt failed due to the fact that 6. Armee had been forbidden to breakout.
19 Feb.1943..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.232 successfully attacked Molodejkoje.
Mar.1943..... Unit participated in the bitter defensive battles in the Mius-Donez area for most of the month.
4 to 20 Jul.1943..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.232 assigned to 1. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Sud, and was used as Heeresgruppe Sud’s “fire brigade” in attempting to halt the Soviet advances in the central Don River area of operations.
25 Aug.1943..... Unit attached to XXXXII. Armeekorps, 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
Fall 1943..... The almost decimated Stu.Gesch.Abt.232 was ordered back to Patschkau for rebuilding and reorganization. It was then immediately sent back to the fighting on the Eastern Front.
20 Jan.1944..... Unit possibly assigned to Heeresgruppe Nord for a short time.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 232.

Notable members
Fritz Lang  (usually credited with 113 destroyed tanks but the exact number is unknown)

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 236

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 1 May.1943:
----- One batterie formed from 3.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Abt.189 at the Jüterbog Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III.
----- The other two batteries came from Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz-Abteilung 300 at the Neisse Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis VIII.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Rolf Brede.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Apr.1943..... Unit scheduled to be transferred to the Eastern Front in Russia.
4 Jul.1943..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.236 still forming at Jütebog.
17 Jul.1943..... Assigned to 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
Aug.1943..... Unit took part in the Mius River battles.
Mid-Aug.1943..... Unit transferred to the Izyum area.
Sep.1943..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.236 took part in the battles around the Zaporozhye Bridgehead.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 236.

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 1 Jul.1943:
----- At Jüterbog Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Paul Hofrichter.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
Oct.1943..... Reported to be in action in the central section of the Eastern Front.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 237.

Notable members
Freidrich Arnold (usually credited with 51 destroyed tanks but the exact number is unknown)
Bodo Spranz (usually credited with 76 destroyed tanks but the exact number is unknown)

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 239

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 1 Jul.1943:
----- In Baruth, south of Berlin.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Reppenhagen.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Early Aug.1943..... Transferred and attached to 10. Panzergrenadier-Division, XXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, for operations in the area around Bryansk.
19 Aug.1943..... Transferred south and assigned to Heeresgruppe Sud for duties during the Fourth Battle of Kharkov, serving in the Poltava area.
8 Nov.1943..... Assigned to XXIV. Panzerkorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Sud, operating in the area of the Dnepr River near Kiev.
1 Jan.1944..... Attached to VII. Armeekorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
8 Feb.1944..... Attached to XXXXII. Armeekorps, 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 239.

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 242

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 13 Nov.1942:
----- At Zinna (most of the Abteilung) and Gruna (3.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Abt.242), in Saxony, Wehrkreis XI, near Jüterbog. Most of its personnel came from Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz-Abteilung 300, at Neisse, and were fitted out for tropical duties in North Afrika.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Ernst Benz.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
31 Dec.1942..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.242 was reorganized and fitted for service in North Afrika but only the 1.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Abt.242 actually was sent to Heeresgruppe Afrika, where it was renamed Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 90. The rest of Stu.Gesch.Abt.242 gave up its tropical gear and headed for the Don River region of the Eastern Front where it was eventually shattered in the vicinity of Stalingrad.
22 to 27 Feb.1943..... The remaining remnants of the unit were returned to Jüterbog Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III, to be completely rebuilt as a new unit.
12 Mar.1943..... Unit reorganized and refitted for tropical duties in North Afrika.
11 May 1943..... 1.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.242 was captured by the British while fighting in North Afrika.
May 1943..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.242 transferred to Italy.
4 Jul.1943..... Assigned to Oberbefehlshaber “Süd” (Reserve).
2 Feb.1945..... Attached to 1. Fallschirm-Korps, 10. Armee, Armeegruppe “Ligurien”, Heeresgruppe C.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 242.

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 243

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 10 May 1941:
----- At the Old Camp at the Jüterbog Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III.
First Commanding Officer: Oberstleutnant Hesselbarth.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
22 Jun.1941..... Attached to IV. Armeekorps, 17. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
15 Jul.1941..... Attached to XXXXIX. Gebirgs-Armeekorps, 17. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
15 Sep.1941..... Attached to LI. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
22 Sep.1941..... Attached to XXXXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Oct.1941..... Attached to LIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
24 Dec.1941..... Assigned to 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
4 Jun.1942..... Attached to LV. Armeekorps, Armeegruppe “von Weichs”.
10 Aug.1942..... Attached to XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe B.
24 Aug.1942..... Attached to 24. Panzer-Division, XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe B.
17 Sep.1942..... Assigned to 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe B.
1 Nov.1942..... Attached to IV. Armeekorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe B.
17 Nov.1942..... Attached to IV. Armeekorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe B.
Jan.1943..... Unit shattered in the fighting around Stalingrad. The remnants of Stu.Gesch.Abt.243 were withdrawn from the front and reformed as a new unit.
2 Feb.1943..... Unit attached to LVII. Panzerkorps.
16 Feb.1943..... Unit attached to XXIX. Armeekorps.
4 Jul.1943..... Assigned to the reformed 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 243.

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 13 Jun.1941:
----- At Zinna, near Jüterbog, in the district of Torgau, in Saxony, Wehrkreis XI.
First Commanding Officer: Oberstleutnant Dr. Paul Gloger.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
8 Jul.1941..... Assigned to 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
13 Jul.1941..... Attached to XXIX. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
14 Jul.1941..... Attached to LII. Armeekorps, 17. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
19 Jul.1941..... Attached to XXIX. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
30 Jul.1941..... Attached to XXIX. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
15 Sep.1941..... Attached to XVII. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
18 Jan.1942..... Attached to LI. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
29 Jan.1942..... Attached to LI. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud, minus 3.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Abt.244 which was attached to Gruppe “Dostler”, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
20 Mar.1942..... Attached to LI. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud, minus 1 platoon assigned to Korpsgruppe Sud, 6. Armee.
12 May 1942..... Unit assigned to Heeresgruppe Sud (Reserve), minus  part of 3.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Abt.244 which was attached to VIII. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
Jul.1942..... Attached to 113. Infanterie-Division, XVII. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud.
6 Nov.1942..... Attached to LI. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Armee Group B.
Jan.1943..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.244, along with Stu.Gesch.Abt.245, was destroyed at Stalingrad, along with the rest of  6. Armee.
27 Mar.1943..... A new Stu.Gesch.Abt.244 was reformed at the Jüterbog Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III.
30 Jun.1943..... Transferred back to the Eastern Front and attached to XLI. Panzerkorps, 9. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte in anticipation of the Kursk Offensive.
4 Jul.1943..... Attached to XLI. Panzerkorps, 9. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, in the Orel sector.
16 to 25 Aug.1943..... Attached to 4. Panzer-Division, XXXV. Armeekorps, 9. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
24 Jan.1944..... Unit attached to XXXXI. Panzerkorps, 9. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
*14 Feb.1944..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 244.

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