The Panzer-Abteilung 51 was formed on 13 January 1943 at Grafenwöhr from II./Panzer-Regiment 33. It was equipped with the new Panther tanks for the fighting at Kursk and was assigned to Panzer-Regiment von Lauchert. In January 1944 it again became II./Panzer-Regiment 33.

Sources used

Thomas L. Jentz - Germanys Panther Tank: The Quest for Combat Supremacy
Thomas L. Jentz - Panzertruppen (2 vol)
Maksym Kolomyjec & Janusz Ledwoch - Pantery I Tygrysy Na Luku Kurskim 1943 / Panther and Tiger Tanks at Kursk
Walter J. Spielberger - Panther & Its Variants
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

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