The Schwere Panzer-Abteilung Feldherrnhalle was formed from Schwere Panzer Abteilung 503 as Heerestruppe for Panzerkorps Feldherrnhalle. It ended in the area of Budweis on 10 May were the unit was dissolved and one March group decided to march south to Austria, one marched west into Bavaria.

Commanders

Hauptmann Dr. Nordewin von Diest-Koerber (21 Dec 1944 - 10 ? May 1945)

Area of operations

Hungary (Jan 1945 - ? Feb 1945)

Honor title

The Feldherrnhalle units received the honor title because of the initially high number of volunteers from the SturmAbteilung (SA).

Campaign New issue Transfers in Transfers out Combat loss Type of tank
Eastern Front 134 17 24 127 Tiger I
Western Front 33 0 3 30 Tiger I
Eastern Front 50 2 2 50 Tiger II
Western Front 26 0 2 24 Tiger II

Note. This table covers both Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503 and Feldherrnhalle

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (3)
- Beyer, Otto, 18.03.1945, Leutnant, 2./s.Pz.Abt. FHH
- Ewen, Nikolaus, 27.04.1945, Oberfeldwebel, 2./s.Pz.Abt. FHH
- Rosen Freiherr von, Richard, 28.02.1945, Oberleutnant, 3./s.Pz.Abt. “FHH”
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (1)
- Hänsel, Otto, 29.04.1945, Hauptfeldwebel, 2./s.Pz.Abt. Feldherrnhalle
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (1)
- Linkenbach, Paul, 05.03.1945, Leutnant, s.Pz.Abt. “FHH”

Tiger II of Schwere Panzer-Abteilung Feldherrnhalle in Budapest
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(Courtesy of Hjalmar)

Sources used

Ron Klages - Trail of the Tigers
Dr. Franz-Wilhelm Lochmann, Alfred Rubbel & Richard Freiherr von Rosen - The Combat History of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503: In Action in the East and West with the Tiger I and II
Wolfgang Schneider - Tigers in combat (2 vol)
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Dr. Franz-Wilhelm Lochmann, Alfred Rubbel & Richard Freiherr von Rosen - The Combat History of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503: In Action in the East and West with the Tiger I and II
Franz W. Lochmann, Richard von Rosen, Alfred Rubbel & Rolf Sichel - Erinnerung an die Tiger-Abteilung 503: Die schwere Panzerabteilung 503 an den Brennpunkten der Front in Ost und West (Flechsig Verlag 2009)

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