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5th Panzer Division (Wehrmacht)

German 5th Panzer Division
Unit insignia
Active 24 November 1938 – 8 May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Wehrmacht
Branch Heer
Type Panzer
Role Armoured warfare
Size Division
Engagements World War II
Decorations 3 references in the Wehrmachtbericht
at Kursk

The 5th Panzer Division was an armored formation of the German Army from 1938 to 1945.


  • History 1
  • Commanding officers 2
  • Order of Battle 3
  • Inventory of Tanks 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6


The 5th Panzer Division of the German Army was formed on 24 November 1938 in Opole and dissolved on 8 May 1945. It fought in Poland, France, the Balkans and in Russia; first as part of Army Group Centre (1941–44) and then Army Group North. The division surrendered to the Russians in Gdańsk on 16 April 1945.

Commanding officers

Order of Battle

On 1 September 1939 the 5th Panzer Division was organized as follows:

  • 5th Schützen Brigade
    • 13th Schützen Regiment
    • 14th Schützen Regiment
  • 8th Panzer Brigade
    • 15th Panzer Regiment
    • 31st Panzer Regiment
  • 8th (mot) Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 116th Artillery Regiment
  • 53rd Panzerabwehr Battalion (anti tank)
  • 77th Panzer Signals Battalion
  • 89th Pioneer Battalion
  • 85th Divisional Support Units

In addition, the division had two Luftwaffe units attached to it:

  • 2nd (H)/31 Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Staffel
  • 1/38th Flak Regiment (anti aircraft)

Inventory of Tanks

On 1 September 1939 the inventory of tanks assigned to the division was as follows:



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