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

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 177

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 17 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 177.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Leonhardt Hilgers
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
29 Feb.1944..... Attached to 3. Kavallerie-Brigade
12 Jul.1944..... Unit attached to XXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
15 Jul.1944..... Attached to “Group Harteneck”, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
*Aug.1944..... Reorganized and redesignated Panzerjäger-Abteilung 69 then re-attached to 3. Kavallerie-Brigade.

Reference material on this unit
Max Georg Bose - Die Chronik der Strumgeschützbrigade 177: Später Panzerjäger–Abteilung 69 In der dritten Kavallerie-Brigade

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 184

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 184.
First Commanding Officer: Major Ernst Schmidt
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Assigned to 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
2 Apr.1944..... Unit attached to XXVIII. Armeekorps, Heeresgruppe Nord.
2 May to 2 Aug.1944..... Assigned to 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
*16 Oct.1944..... Redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 184.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 185

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis unknown at this time.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 185.
First Commanding Officer: Major Griffel
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Unknown at this time.

UNIT HISTORY:
19 Feb.1944..... 1.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.185 attached to XXXV. Armeekorps.
19 Feb.1944..... 2.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.185 attached to LV. Armeekorps.
15 Mar.1944..... 3.Bttr./StiG.Bde.185 attached to XXXXI. Panzerkorps.
25 Mar.1944..... Unit attached to XXXV. Armeekorps.
Jun.1944..... Attached to XXXIX. Panzerkorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
Jul.1944..... Still serving with 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
*10 Jul.1944..... Redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 185.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 189

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 10 Jun.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 189.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
10 Jun.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Abt.189 (78. Sturm-Div.) was renamed Stu.Gesch.Bde.189 (78. Sturm-Div.). It later fought in the desperate defensive battles between Orscha and Minsk during the Soviet summer offensive (“Operation Bagration”) that commenced on 22 Jun.1944 and was intended to completely destroy Heeresgruppe Mitte. The unit was almost completely destroyed east of the Beresina River while trying to escape the pursuing Russian hordes.
29 Jul.1944..... The remnants of Stu.Gesch.Bde.189 (78. Sturm-Div.), which escaped across the Beresina River, were detached from being an organic part of 78. Sturm-Division (since 29 Dec.1942) and returned to Heerestruppe status. The unit (now designated Heeres- Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 189) was ordered to Burg (bei Magdeburg) Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis XI, for refitting.
8 Aug.1944..... The remaining personnel of the unit (minus 3.Bttr./H-Stu.Gesch.Bde.189) were diverted to Mielau, instead of Magdeburg, and reconstituted as the newly formed Panzerjäger-Abteilung 70, which was then attached to 4. Kavallerie-Brigade. With this act H-Stu.Gesch.Bde.189 was officially disbanded.
Note..... Aug.1944..... 3.Bttr./H-Stu.Gesch.Bde.189 continued on to Theesen, near Burg, where it became 3.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.244 of the newly forming Stu.Gesch.Bde.244. This unit was virtually destroyed, itself during the fighting around Bobruisk in July.

leichte-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 190

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Jan.1944:
----- Formed by renaming leichte Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 190.
First Commanding Officer: Major Wilhelm Kröhne
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
26 Jan.1944..... Unit attached to VI. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
25 Feb.1944..... Unit ordered to the Kovel area of the Eastern Front.
15 Mar.1944..... Unit in transit to I. Armeekorps.
26 May 1944..... Assigned to 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte stationed in the Mogilev area.
2 Sep.1944..... Attached to XX. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to XXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
9 Nov.1944..... Ordered transferred to the Heeresgruppe rear area for replacements and refitting.
15 Jan.1945..... Assigned to 2. Armee and transferred back to the Eastern Front near Danzig.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 191

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 28 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 191.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Alfred Müller
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Attached to V. Armeekorps in 17. Armee (Reserve), Heeresgruppe A.
2 Apr.1944..... Attached to V. Armeekorps in 17. Armee (Reserve), Heeresgruppe A.
May 1944..... Assigned to 17. Armee stationed in the Crimea.
May 1944..... Unit evacuated from Sevastopol in the Crimea and transferred to Constanza in Romania.
6 Jun.1944..... Unit transferred to the Schieratz Truppenübungsplatz, in the Warthgau, for refit.
*29 Jul.1944..... Reorganized and redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 191.

schwere-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 197

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis unknown at this time.
Date of Formation: 15 Jan.1943:
----- Formed by upgrading Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 197 to a heavy (schwere) unit and renaming it schwere-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 197.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Unknown at this time.

UNIT HISTORY:
20 Jan.1943..... Sent back to Jüterbog Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III, for conversion to a schwere (heavy) Sturmgeschütz-Brigade.
*Apr.1943..... Reorganized and redesignated schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 653.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade (Feld) 200

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis unknown at this time.
Date of Formation: Feb.1944:
----- Formed from parts of the armoured artillery brigade at OB “West”, consisting of four batteries.
First Commanding Officer: Major Becker
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 400.

UNIT HISTORY:
6 Jun.1944..... Attached to 125. Panzergrenadier Regiment, 21. Panzer-Division, 7. Armee, Heeresgruppe B, for the purpose of attacking the British 6th Airborne Division’s landing sites on the east bank of the Orne River, in Northern France.
Dec.1944..... Attached to the Fuhrer-Begleit-Brigade, for the Ardennes Offensive Stu.Gesch.Abt.200 participated in the battles of St.Vith and Bastogne.
Dec.1944 – Jan.1945..... When the Fuhrer-Begleit-Brigade was elevated to division status Stu.Gesch.Bde.200 was permanently attached to it and renamed Stu.Gesch.Bde.Fuhrer-Begleit-Division “Grossdeutschland”.
1 Feb.1945..... Reorganized and redesignated as 5./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 673 (Panther).

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 201

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 201.
First Commanding Officer: Major Dietrich Langel
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
19 Mar.1944..... Attached to Kampfgruppe “Hildebrandt”, XXII. Gebirgskorps, Heeresgruppe F stationed in the former Yugoslavia.
2 Aug.1944..... 3.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.201 attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
Aug.1944..... 2.Bttr./StuG.Bde201 assigned to 2. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe F stationed in the former Yugoslavia.
2 Oct.1944..... Unit attached to LVI. Panzerkorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe A.
1945..... Remnants of Stu.Gesch.Bde.201, after heavy fighting with 9. Armee on the Oder River, were amalgamated with Stu.Gesch.Bde.210 after it, also, was shattered

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 202

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 202.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Gerhard Essigke
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Easter 1944..... Sent from the Eastern Front to Ziegenhals, near Danzig, for a badly needed refit.
Jul.1944..... Transferred to the Daugvapils region.
18 Jul.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.202, along with Stu.Gesch.Bde.261 and other units attached to XXXXIII. Armeekorps, Heeresgruppe Nord, were ordered to attack through Lithuania in a desperate effort to regain contact with 3.Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Aug.1944..... Assigned to 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
2 Sep.1944..... Attached to “Gruppe Kleffel”, 16. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
Sep. to Oct.1944..... Transferred to Ösel Island, in the Gulf of Riga.
Oct.1944..... Transferred to Tukkums, in the Kurland Pocket, under Heeresgruppe Nord.
*Redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 202 sometime in 1945.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 203

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 203.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
1945..... Reported to have been assigned to 1. Panzerarmee in Silesia.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 209

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 209.
First Commanding Officer: Major Wilhelm Launhardt
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Unit was assigned to 6. Armee (Reserve), Heeresgruppe A, while undergoing refit in Silesia.
02 Jul.1944..... Attached (along with Stu.Gesch.Bde.1028) to 28. Jager-Division in an attempt to defend the Slutsk sector of 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, during the Russian’s massive summer offensive (“Operation Bagration”).
16 Jul. 1944..... Unit transferred back to the Eastern Front and attached to LV. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Sep.1944..... Attached to XXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to XXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
1945..... Reported to have been attached, for a time, to 14. Infanterie-Division in East Prussia.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 210

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 210.
First Commanding Officer: Major Herbert Sichelschmidt
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to LVI. Panzerkorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe A.
Jan.1945..... Destroyed in the Vistula bend while fighting for 4. Panzerarmee.
3 Feb.1945..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.210 rebuilt by consolidating the remnants of StuG.Bdes. 210, 201 and 322.
20 Mar.1945..... Assigned to III. SS-Panzerkorps, 3. Panzerarmee.
Feb. to Apr.1945..... Assigned to 3. Panzerarmee, fighting along the line of the Oder River north of Berlin.

Reference material on this unit
Albert Hame - Bildband: Der Sturmgeschützabt / Brig 210
Karlheinz Münch - StuG.Abt./Brig. 210

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 226

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 226.
First Commanding Officer: Major Herbert Keysler.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
15 Feb.1944..... Unit (minus 2.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.226) attached to II. Armeekorps.
15 Feb.1944..... 2.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.226 attached to XXXXIII. Armeekorps.
15 Mar.1944..... Unit attached to X. Armeekorps.
Mid Mar.1944..... Unit fighting in the Narva sector of Heeresgruppe Nord.
2 Apr.1944..... Attached to XXVIII. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
*Apr.1944..... Redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 226.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 228

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 228.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Wilhelm von Malachowski.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
2 May 44 4th Rumanian Armee reserve, Heeresgruppe Sud Ukraine
28 to 29 May 1944..... Unit attached to 1. Rumanian Infantry-Division, V. Rumanian Armeekorps, 4. Rumanian Armee, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine.
15 Aug.1944..... Attached to IV. Armeekorps, 8. Armee, Armee-Gruppe “Woehler”, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine, where it was destroyed (along with 6 other StuG.Abteilungen) during the Soviet invasion of Rumania on 20 Aug. (“Black Sunday”) 1944.
Early 1945..... After being rebuilt the unit was assigned to 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud, fighting in Slovakia.
1 Apr.1945..... Assigned to “Feldherrnhalle” Panzerkorps, 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sud. and fighting as a StuG.Abteilung.
9 May 1945..... Assigned to Heeresgruppe Ostmark.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 232

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 232.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Paul Franke.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.232 assigned to 6. Armee (Reserve), Heeresgruppe A, while refitting.
16 Jul.1944.....  Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte
2 Sep.1944..... Unit attached to IX. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
*Jan.1945..... Redesignated Sturmgeschütz-Brigade “Samland”

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade “Samland”

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis unknown at this time.
Date of Formation: Jan.1945:
----- Formed by renaming Stu.Gesch.Bde.232 (sometimes referred to as the “Geissel Brigade”).
First Commanding Officer: Major Alfred Hinze.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Early Jan.1945..... Unit reached Heilingbeil, in East Prussia.
7 to 10 Jan.1945..... Stu.Gesch.Bde. “Samland” took part in the attempts to relieve “Fortress Konigsberg”. At one point the unit fought its way close enough to allow 5. Panzer-Division to breakout from the city.
8 May 1945..... The unit was enroute from Hela to the mainland when Germany officially surrendered.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 236

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 236.
First Commanding Officer: Major Fritz Scherer (i.V.).
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar. 1944..... Assigned to 6. Armee (Reserve), Heeresgruppe A, to await refitting.
Mar. 1944..... Unit transferred to Altengrabow Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III, east of Magdeburg, to complete its refit.
*10 Jun.1944..... Reorganized and redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 236.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 237

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237.
First Commanding Officer: Major Paul Schaupensteiner.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
Early 1944..... Assigned to 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
Jun.1944..... Attached to VIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
Jul.1944..... Unit transferred to Möckern, near Magdeburg, Wehrkreis XI, to be rebuilt after the participating in the savage battles against the Soviet summer offensive, “Operation Bagration”.
30 Sep.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.237 disbanded and, with 4.Bttr./Sturmpanzer-Abt.216, used to create Sturmpanzer-Abt.219 at Döllersheim.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 239

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 239.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Feb.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.239 was completely shattered in the Korsun Pocket relief attempt.
Mar. to Jun.1944..... After the disaster at Korsun the unit was reorganized and rebuilt at Deba-Sud (Demba), Generalgouvernement, as the first Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade. At this time it received a batterie of Panzer IIs (later withdrawn) and Grenadier-Begleit-Batterie, which now gave the Brigade a total of five batteries.
*10 Jun.1944.....  Reorganized and redesignated Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 239.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 242

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 242.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Ernst Benz.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
Mar.1945..... Attached to LXXVI. Armeekorps, 10. Armee, Heeresgruppe C.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 243

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 243.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Georg Mayer.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Attached to XXIX. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe A.
26 Apr.1944..... Unit attached to LII. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine.
Jun. 1944..... Assigned to 6. Armee, in the Kishniev area of operations.
15 Aug.1944..... Attached to LII. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Armee-Gruppe “Dumitrescu”, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine.
20 Aug.1944..... “Black Sunday” as referred to by the Germans saw the Third Ukrainian Front of the Soviet Armee stationed south of Tiraspol attack deep into the 6, Armee defences on the first day of their offensive and completely surrounded and destroyed Stu.Gesch.Bde.243.
Aug.1944..... After the unit was destroyed fighting in the Kischniev area of operations the remnants of the Brigade (minus all their equipment) made their escape through Hungary and was sent back to German of rebuilding and refit.
Fall 1944..... StuG.Bde 243’s remnants were posted to Tuchheim in the Altengrabow Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis III, and rebuilt (for the 3rd time during the war).
16 Dec.1944..... Attached to Panzer-Lehr-Division, XLVII. Panzerkorps, 5. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe B, for the Ardennes Offensive.
*Winter of 1944/1945..... Reorganized and redesignated Heeres-Sturmgartillerie-Brigade243.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 244

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244.
First Commanding Officer: Oberstleutnant Friedrich Grosskreutz.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
28 Feb.1944..... Parts of Stu.Gesch.Bde.244 assigned for service with XXXXI. Panzerkorps, 9. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, in the Bobruisk area of operations.
15 Mar.1944..... Unit attached to XXXXI. Panzerkorps.
23 Jun.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.244 (now together) assigned to 9. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, which was still continuing operations in the vicinity of Bobruisk.
Jul.1944..... Unit almost completely destroyed at Bobruisk.
14 Oct.1944..... After the unit was rebuilt at the Burg (bei Magdeburg) Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis XI, it was sent to Holland and participated in the fighting around Rosendahl, Breda and Dordrecht.
16 Dec.1944..... Assigned to LXVI. Armeekorps Reserve, 5. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe B, for the Ardennes Offensive.
early 1945..... Assigned to 15. Armee, Heeresgruppe B, near Köln.
14 Apr.1945..... Unit disbanded three days before Heeresgruppe B, surrounded in the Ruhrkessel (Ruhr Pocket), capitulated to the Americans.

Reference material on this unit
Florian Freiherr von und zu Aufsess - Kriegstagebuch eines Sturmartilleristen: Sturmgeschütz Abteilung 210, Sturmgeschütz Brigade 244

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 245

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 245.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Ludwig Knupling.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
22 Mar.1944..... Unit attached to VI. Armeekorps.
Jun.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.245 destroyed at Vitebsk during the massive Soviet summer offensive (“Operation Bagration”). It was attached, at the time, to IX. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
Aug.1944..... The unit was officially disbanded and its remnants were consolidated with Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 667 at the Posen Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis XXI, with the assistance of Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500.

Notable members
Josef Rohrbacher (usually credited with 56 destroyed tanks but the exact number is unknown)

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 249

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 249.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
Jun.1944..... Unit attached to XIII. Armeekorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Nordukraine.
19 to 21 Jul.1944..... Unit shattered (losing all of its guns and vehicles) while attempting to break out of the Brody pocket. At the time it was attached to 361. Infanterie-Division, XIII. Armeekorps, Heeresgruppe Nordukraine. Stu.Gesch.Bde.249 was later reformed from the remnants that had escaped capture.
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to XXIII. Armeekorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
*Early 1945..... Reorganized and redesignated Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 249.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 259

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis unknown at this time.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 259.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Ottheinrich Tolckmitt.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 400.

UNIT HISTORY:
Jun.1944..... Assigned to 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine.
Jul.1944..... Unit transferred to the Bialystok area of Poland to assist in blunting the Soviet advances gained through “Operation Bagration”.
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to LV. Armeekorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
Jan.1945..... Assigned to 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, fighting in East Prussia.
Feb.1945..... Assigned to 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord (previously named HGrp.Mitte), still battling in the area of East Prussia.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 261

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XXI.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 261.
First Commanding Officer: Major Gunter Kokott.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500.

UNIT HISTORY:
May-Jun.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.261 transferred to the Posen Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis XXI, for refit after the heavy losses incurred during the winter/spring battles.
18 Jul.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.261 (along with Stu.Gesch.Bde.202 and other units) was attached to XXXXIII. Armeekorps, Heeresgruppe Nord, and ordered to attack, through Lithuania, to regain contact with 3.Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Aug.1944..... Attached to XXXVIII. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
2 Sep.1944..... Unit attached to X. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to L. Armeekorps, 18. Armee, Heeresgruppe Nord.
Oct. to Nov.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.261, after again being shattered, was returned to Burg (bei Magdeburg) Truppenübungsplatz for rebuilding and refitting.
*Dec.1944..... Redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 261.

Notable members
Johann "Hans" Schmitt (usually credited with 75 destroyed tanks but the exact number is unknown)

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 270

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 10 Jun.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 270.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
9 Aug.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.270 was reorganized and redesignated Panzerjäger-Abteilung 152. It was then attached to 1. Skijäger-Division, serving with 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Nordukraine.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 276

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XX.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 276.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Norbert Braun.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500.
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 600.

UNIT HISTORY:
Early 1944..... Unit stationed it the Vinnitsa-Korosten area of the Eastern Front.
Apr.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.276 shattered in the battle around the Kamenets-Podolskii Pocket.
8 May 1944..... Remnants of the original Abteilung were used to rebuild Stu.Gesch.Abt.276 at the Deutsch-Eylau Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis XX, in Northern Poland.
1 Aug.1944..... Unit transferred to the area of East Prussia – Lithuania.
2 Sep.1944..... Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, now with 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
29 Jan.1945..... Attached to XXXXVI. Panzerkorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
8 Mar.1945..... Attached to XXXXVI. Panzerkorps, 2. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.

Reference material on this unit
J.Wijers - Chronik der Sturmgeschütz Brigade 276
J.Wijers (ed.) - Einsatz der Sturmgeschütz Brigade 276 In Ost- und Westpreussen 1944/ 45


Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 277

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis unknown at this time.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 277.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 400.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Assigned to 6. Armee (Reserve), Heeresgruppe A, while undergoing refit.
Jun.1944..... Assigned to 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Nordukraine, stationed in the Cholm area of operations.
16 Jul.1944..... Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
25 Jul.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.277 ordered transferred from Heeresgruppe Nord to Heeresgruppe Mitte (along with 12.Panzer-Division and 212.Infanterie-Division) in an attempt to shore up the almost completely destroyed Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Sep.1944..... Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to XXVI. Armeekorps, now with 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
*Dec.1944..... Redesignated Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 277.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 278

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 278.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 200.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Attached to LVII. Panzerkorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe A.
15 Aug.1944..... Attached to XXIX. Armeekorps, 3. Rumanian Armee, Armee-Gruppe “Dumitrescu”, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine.
20 Aug.1944..... Referred to as “Black Sunday” by the Germans the Third Ukrainian Font, of the Soviet Armee, begins a lightning attack, from south of Tiraspol, against 3. Rumanian Armee, Armee-Gruppe “Dumitrescu”.
30 Aug.1944..... 3. Rumanian Armee is all but completely destroyed leaving the remnants of Stu.Gesch.Bde.278 (minus all its equipment) to escape into Hungary on foot.
Mid Sep.1944..... Remnants of the Brigade are sent back to Burg (bei Magdeburg) Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis XI, for rebuilding and refit, which continues into Dec.1944.
28 Jan.1945..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.278 was disbanded and merged with Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 232.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 279

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis I.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 279.
First Commanding Officer: Major Gerhard Hoppe.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500.
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 600.

UNIT HISTORY:
May 1944..... Shattered at Sevastopol, in the final battle for the Crimea, remnants of the unit were evacuated to Rumania by sea.
21 Jun.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.279 was rebuilt at the Deutsch-Eylau Truppenübungsplatz, Wehrkreis XX.
10 Aug.1944..... Assigned to 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Sep.1944..... Attached to XXVII. Armeekorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
2 Oct.1944..... Attached to XXVII. Armeekorps, 4. Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte.
1945..... Reportedly serving with 4. Armee in the battles for East Prussia.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 280

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis unknown at this time.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 280.
First Commanding Officer: Unknown at this time.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 400.

UNIT HISTORY:
8 Apr.1944..... Attached to 9. SS-Panzer-Division, XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, 4. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Nordukraine fighting around Tarnopol.
Apr.1944..... Unit decimated in the Tarnopol relief operation and had to be rebuilt.
Sep.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.280 was rebuilt at Hadersleben and Apenrade, Denmark, under the supervision of Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 400 (Headquartered at Bjerringsbro in Viborg).
18 Sep.1944..... Assigned to 15. Armee, Heeresgruppe B, stationed it the Arnhem area.
22 Sep.1944..... Attached to Kampfgruppe “Walter” (an ad hoc formation thrown together to stop the advance of British XXX. Armeekorps towards Arnhem), 1. Fallschirm-Armee, Heeresgruppe B.
28 Oct.1944..... Assigned to 15. Armee, Heeresgruppe B, during the severe fighting for the Walcheren Causeway, South Beveland Peninsula, during the Battle of the Scheldt.
20 Nov.1944..... Assigned to 1. Armee, Heeresgruppe G.
08 Jan.1945..... Attached to LXIV. Armeekorps, 19. Armee, Oberkommando Oberrhein (“Upper Rhine”).
29 Jan.1945..... Attached to LXII. Armeekorps, 19. Armee, Heeresgruppe G (Oberkommando Oberrhein deactivated 24 Jan.1945).
22 Feb.1945..... Assigned to 24. Armee Reserve, under command of 19. Armee, Heeresgruppe G.
Mar.1945..... Attached to LXXXII. Armeekorps, 1. Armee, Heeresgruppe G.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 281

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis XXI.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 281.
First Commanding Officer: Hauptmann Josef Fenkert.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500.

UNIT HISTORY:
22 Mar.1944..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.281 attached to VI. Armeekorps.
27 Apr.1944..... Unit attached to VI. Armeekorps.
1 Jun.1944..... Attached to VI. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, serving at Vitebsk.
3 Jun.1944..... 3.Bttr./Stu.Gesch.Bde.281 attached to LIII. Armeekorps, 3. Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Mitte, fighting in the Vitebsk sector.
22 Jun.1944..... Soviets launch “Operation Bagration”, their summer offensive, against the units of Heeresgruppe Mitte. Stu.Gesch.Bde.281 is shattered within the first four days and loses all of its equipment and most of its men near Vitebsk.
Sep.1944..... The remnants of Stu.Gesch.Bde.281 used to form Artillerie-Pak-Abteilung 1052.

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 286

Wehrkreis responsible for formation: Wehrkreis VIII.
Date of Formation: 14 Feb.1944:
----- Formed by renaming Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 286.
First Commanding Officer: Major Dr. Albert Bausch.
Replacement Units or Replacement & Training Units:
----- Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz [und Ausbildungs]-Abteilung 300.

UNIT HISTORY:
4 Mar.1944..... Attached to LII. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe A.
26 Apr.1944..... Unit attached to LII. Armeekorps, 6. Armee, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine.
15 Aug.1944..... Attached to LVII. Panzerkorps, 4. Rumanian Armee, Armee-Gruppe “Woehler”, Heeresgruppe Sudukraine, during the Soviet Armee’s Second Ukrainian Front invasion of northern Rumania. The unit fought its way westward (along with remnants of Stu.Gesch.Bde.228) and fought battles Tokay, Altsohl, Szeszeny and in the important Gran Bridgehead battles. It ended up halting for rest and regrouping when it reached Szolnok, Hungary.
8 May 1945..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.286 was ordered to “voluntarily demobilize” and it disbanded itself at 1200 hours on this date.
1 Apr.1945..... Stu.Gesch.Bde.286 assigned to “Feldherrnhalle” Panzerkorps, 8. Armee, Heeresgruppe Ostmark, fighting in Austria.
9 May 1945..... Unit attached to I. SS-Panzerkorps, 6. SS-Panzerarmee, Heeresgruppe Ostmark.

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