The Panzer-Division Clausewitz was formed in April 1945 from a mix of sources including the Panzer-Division Holstein, surviving elements from Panzer-Brigade 106 Feldherrnhalle, Ersatz-Brigade Feldherrnhalle and boys from the Hitler Jugend. Its formation was not complete when the war ended but some elements of it fought well against the Allied forces despite the hopeless situation.

See also the Report on the Commitment of the Panzer-Division Clausewitz written by Martin Unrein in 1947.

Commanders

Generalleutnant Martin Unrein (6 Apr 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Area of operations

Berlin & western Germany (Apr 1945 - May 1945)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Knight's Cross (3, including two unofficial/unconfirmed)
- Anding, Friedrich 08.05.1945 Leutnant Adjutant Pz.Jäg.[Ersatz-]Abt „GD“
[Adjutant of Walle ; was proposed together with his Kdr and the Kdr-Fahrer Stützle for the destruction of more than 20 tanks and recon vehicles on 14./15.04.1945 by OB Nordwest via three seperate proposals ; his awarding procedere was unfinished at war's end as well as the ones of Walle and Stützle but he was awarded the KC based on a DKiG proposal dated 01.05.1945 [!] which was changed into a KC procedere because the DKiG Sachbearbeiter recognized that A. had destroyed 6 tanks with Panzerfaust -> officially awarded : procedere via Oberst Goecke / Keitel / Dönitz]
- Stützle, (Johann-)Nepomuk 08.05.1945 Obergefreiter i. d. Pz.Jäg.[Ersatz-]Abt „GD“
[proposal presumably was sent via Fernschreiben, is not existing anymore ; HPA proposal was prepared for signing ; supported by OB Nordwest and Chef HPA/A ; signature of Dönitz is lacking ; accepted by OdR in accordance with so-called "Dönitz-Erlass"]
- Walle, Gustav 08.05.1945 Major Kdr Pz.Jäg.[Ersatz-]Abt „GD“
[proposal arrived at HPA/A on 02.05.1945 (destruction of 9 tanks with Panzerfaust) ; no hints in the files on a handling or an ordinary procedere resulting in an award ; FRG Ministry of Defense wasn't able to find a confirmation for an award (1963) ; on a KC proposallist of IIa/OB Nordwest W. is crossed out with the remark : "verl." [without date] -> most probable meaning = "verliehen" which is a hint on a possible award ; accepted by OdR in accordance with so-called "Dönitz-Erlass" ; award date determined by Fellgiebel]

Order of battle

Panzer Brigade 106
Panzer Grenadier Regiment 42
Panzer Artillerie Abteilung (mot) 144
Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung Doring
Panzer Pionier Bataillon
Panzerjäger Abteilung Grossdeutschland
Panzer Nachrichten Kompanie
Panzer Werkstatt Kompanie
Panzer Versorgungstruppen

Sources used

Microfilm Publication A-3356, German Officer Personnel files, NARA
RKT & DKiGT karteikarten, BA/MA
Dermot Bradley, Karl-Friedrich Hildebrand, Markus Rövekamp - Die Generale des Heeres 1921-1945
Wolf Keilig - Die Generale des Heeres
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

Reference material on this unit

Klaus Voss & Paul Kehlenbeck - Letzte Divisionen 1945: Die Panzerdivision Clausewitz und die Infanteriedivision Schill

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