schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559
- Published: 07 January 2012 07 January 2012
- Last Updated: 03 August 2013 03 August 2013
The schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559 was formed on 10 April 1944 from Panzerjäger-Abteilung (Sfl.) 559 and was equipped with Jagdpanther tank destroyers. It was the first heavy tank destroyer unit to be equipped with the new standard of one company with Jagdpanthers and two companies of Jagdpanzer IV or Sturmgeschütz III. It took several months for the Jagdpanthers to arrive but on 6 September it had arrived on the western front and was ready for action despite lack of training. On 29 September it had only 3 Jagdpanthers ready for action with 6 in need to repair and 8 Sturmgeschütz that all needed repair. On 4 October it had 3 Jagdpanthers and 5 Sturmgeschütz ready for action.
Knocked-out Jagdpanther tank destroyer near Gheel, 13 September 1944
(Courtesy of Imperial War Museum)
Walter J Spielberger, Hilary L. Doyle & Thomas L. Jentz - Heavy Jagdpanzer: Development, Production, Operations
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
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Jack Didden & Maarten Swarts - Autumn Gale
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