The schweres Panzerjäger-Regiment 656 was formed in June 1943 in St.Pölten from the staff of Panzer-Regiment 35 of 4. Panzer-Division, with schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 653, schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654 and Sturmpanzer-Abteilung 216 making up the battalions, for the Operation Zitadelle at Kursk and battalions attached to it were removed in September. In the summer of 1944 the staff was used to form Panzer-Brigade 101.


Oberstleutnant Baron Ernst von Jungenfeld

Order of battle

I./Panzerjäger-Regiment 656 (schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 653)
II./Panzerjäger-Regiment 656 (schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654)
III./Panzerjäger-Regiment 656 (Sturmpanzer-Abteilung 216)

Sources used

Karlheinz Münch - The Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653 in World War II
Wolfgang Schneider - Elefant, Jagdtiger, Sturmtiger: Rarities of the Tiger family
Walter J Spielberger, Hilary L. Doyle & Thomas L. Jentz - Heavy Jagdpanzer: Development, Production, Operations
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Waldermar Trojca & Markus Jaugitz - Sturmtiger and sturmpanzer in combat

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