The Panzer-Division Tatra was formed from training and replacement troops in Slovakia around a cadre from 1. Panzer-Division to fight the expected uprising in Slovakia. The troops were split into two battle groups, Kampfgruppe von Ohlen (Panzer-Grenadier- und Ausbildungs-Regiment 82 with additional troops) entered from Austria and Kampfgruppe von Junck (Panzer-Grenadier- und Ausbildungs-Regiment 85 with additional troops) entered from Silesia. It was the main Heer unit in Slovakia and proved to be a capable unit.
It was redesignated Panzer-Ausbildungs-Division Tatra in December 1944.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm von Loeper (?? Aug 1944 - ?? Dec 1944)

Area of operations

Balkans (Oct 1944 - Dec 1944)

Order of battle

Panzer-Grenadier- und Ausbildungs-Regiment 82
Panzer-Grenadier- und Ausbildungs-Regiment 85
Artillerie-Abteilung Tatra
Panzerjäger-Kompanie Tatra
2 x Pionier-Kompanie
Feldersatz-Bataillon Tatra
Versorgungstruppen

Sources used

Microfilm Publication A-3356, German Officer Personnel files, NARA
RKT & DKiGT karteikarten, BA/MA
Mark W.A. Axworthy - Axis Slovakia: Hitler's Slavic Wedge 1938-1945
Dermot Bradley, Karl-Friedrich Hildebrand, Markus Rövekamp - Die Generale des Heeres 1921-1945
Wolf Keilig - Die Generale des Heeres
Charles K. Kliment & Bretislav Nakládal - Germany's First Ally: Armed forces of the Slovak state 1939-1945
Andris Kursietis - Die Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945
Kurt Mehner - Die Deutsche Wehrmacht 1939-1945: Führung und Truppe
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - The Panzer Legions: A guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of WWII and Their Commanders
Peter Schmitz, Klaus-Jürgen Thies, Günter Wegmann & Christian Zweng - Die deutschen Divisionen 1939-1945 (4 Vol)
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Günther Wegmann - Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht, Teil VIII a: Panzertruppe, Band 1
Günter Wegmann & Christian Zweng - Formationsgeschichte u. Stellenbesetzung der deutschen Streitkräfte, 1815-1990, Teile IV, Abt. 1:  Die Dienststellen, Kommandobehörden u. Truppenteile des Heeres, Oct.35-May.45

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