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Panzer-Abteilung (Tank-Division) "Müncheberg"


In the last days of the Third Reich the shortage of troops to deal with the Soviet onslaught made the German army commanders commit their last reserves by creating ad-hoc units of all available troops and material. One of these units was Panzer-Abteilung (tank division) “Müncheberg.” The orders to form the division were cut on March 5, 1945. Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” was to include several Panzer battle groups. The new division was made up from what remained of the 103rd Panzer-Brigade (Tank Brigade) of the 14th Panzer Division, the I. /Panzer-Regiment 29, Panzer-Abteilung "Kummersdorf," and Panzerregiment Stab z.b.V. “Coburg.” The division officially began to form on March 8, 1945 in the Müncheberg (thus the name of the new tank division) area, east of Berlin. Initially, Panzer-Abteilung “Kummersdorf” was earmarked for assignment to Kampfgruppe Panzer-Abteilung “Jüterbog” but this never occurred and the unit was used to form the armoured nucleus of “Müncheberg.”

Panzer-Abteilung "Müncheberg" was never a true Panzer Division in the sense of strength and equipment and many of its organic units were never fully completed. "Müncheberg" was viewed by the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) ("Supreme Command of the Armed Forces") as the last hope to stem the Soviet advance and prevent the fall of Berlin. As a result the new division received priority as far as men and material still available to the German forces. Despite the fact that it was severely under strength and an ad-hoc formation, Panzer-Abteilung "Müncheberg" eventually would receive small amounts of the latest supplies and equipment, including the “Sperber”(Sparrow Hawk) Infrared (IR) system equipped Panther ausf G's as well as a company of Panzergrenadiers equipped with the “Sperber” IR system. In addition, the division received several of the super heavy Jagdtigers, as well as several Tiger II ausf Bs, and the last five Tiger 1 ausf E's to be sent to the front.

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Jagdtiger (Hunting Tiger)

For a scratch tank divsion "Müncheberg" contained some highly decorated Commanders. In early March 1945 the I/Panzer-Regiment 29, now tank-less was refitting and reorganizing in the Hoppengarten area under the command of Major Marquad. Panzer-Abteilung “Kummersdorf“was under the command of Hauptmann Horst Zobel and was in the area of Kummersdorf. These two tank units (Panzer-Abteilung “Kummersdorf” and I/ Panzer-Regiement 29) were used to form the only armour unit of the Division, sometimes referred to as Panzer Regiement “Müncheberg”, under the overall command of Oberstleutnant Kuno von Meyer. Major General of the Reserve (Generalmajor der Reserve) Werner Mummert, whom had been awarded the Knight's Cross, until early March 1945 was the commander of 103rd Panzer Brigade, was placed in command of Panzer-Abteilung "Müncheberg." Mummert brought with him the headquarters staff from his old 103rd Brigade to form the headquarters for the new division. The 1st Adjutant (Operations Commander) in Mummert's Headquarters was Major Helmut Thoma.

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Generalmajor der Reserve Werner Mummert

Exact numbers of men and material for the division are hard to be precise due to mechanical breakdowns, new units being transferred and absorbed into the division, and the lack of accurate records remaining after the war. However, according to Whermacht Heer (German Army) records found after the war, the new division’s combat strength as of 17 March 1945 was 2,867 men. Armour strength of Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” at this time included from the 103rd Panzer Brigade’s four (4) Tiger II’s, one (1) Tiger I, and a Jagdtiger (Hunting Tiger). An additional Five (5) Tiger I’s were in transit and soon were delivered from the maintenance depot. I. /Panzer-Regiment 29 had previously been an independent Panther Battalion but on March 20, 1945, the I. /Panzer-Regiment 29 was ordered reorganized with four companies. The 1st, 2nd and 4th companies were to be organized with ten Panther tanks each, and the 3rd company was to be organized with 14 PzKwfs Mk. VI, and an Independent Heavy Tiger Company ( Tiger II’s.) However, indications are that only the Panther PzKwfs V tanks were shipped to the division.

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Knocked out “Müncheberg” Panther V in the streets of Berlin

Panzer-Abteilung "Kummersdorf" had originally been formed at the Technischen Versuchs Kompanie (Technical Test Company) and Armour Experimentation and Instructional Group located at Kummersdorf gun range. "Kummersdorf" and some armored elements of the 1.SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler which had a mixed complement of vehicles including some captured armor, was also located at Kummersdorf and was attached to the new division. According to data on February 13, 1945, the tank strength of "Kummersdorf" were four StuG III, three Pzkpfwh V, one Pzkpfw IV (A), one Pzkpfw IV/70 (A), three Pzkpfw IV, two Jagdpanzer IV, one Pzkpfw III with 50mm gun, one Pzkpfw IV with short-barrelled 75mm, one Jagdtiger, and one Bergepanther (repair-evacuation vehicle on the base of the Panther tank). By early March 1945 Panzer-Abteilung “Kummersdorf” was reported as having a staff, a staff company, a Tiger Company [formerly 3/Kummersdorf Panzer-Abteilung (tank division)], two Panther companys (2nd Panzerkompanie and 3rd Panzerkompanie which were equipped with 10 Panthers Mk V’s), and a mixed Panzer company (the 4th Medium Panzer Company) with four PzKwfs IV’s, along with it’s supply company.

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The Armour Experimentation and Instructional Group located at Kummersdorf (note captured allied armour)

During its short existence Panzer-Abteilung "Müncheberg" received various tanks and anti-tank/guns as they became available from other divisions, formations, units, and from the limited (due to allied bombing) assembly lines which including the last 5 Tiger I Auf E’s built. The German High Command understood that the division would be instrumental in preventing the soviet capture of the German capital so it was given top priority of men and material. According to German data on March 25th Panzer-Abteilung “Kummersdorf” had a total strength of 37 tanks: four Pzkpfw IV Ausf H, one Jagdpanzer 38(t) “Hetzer,” 21 Pzkpfw V Panther, Six Pzkpfw VI Tiger I, four Pzkpfw VI Königstigers II’s, and one Jagdtiger. By early April 1945 Panzer-Abteilung “Kummersdorf” was absorbed into I/ Panzer-Regiement 29, the main armored unit of the new division. The new Division had a Stab (Headquarters), a Stabskompanie (headquarters company) and two newly formed Panzergrenadier-Regiments, the 1st and 2nd. Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1"Müncheberg" was commanded by Obers Goder, and Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Müncheberg" was under the command of Oberstleutnant Werner Rodust, Each Panzer-Grenadier Regiement had a Regimental Headquarters, and a 1st and 2nd Battalion. Both Panzergrenadier Regiments were comprised of two battalions, each battalion consisted of three rifle companies (60-70 soldiers), 7-8 light machine guns, and 25-30 panzerfausts. Also, there was an attached company of heavy weapons which consisted of 100-130 soldiers, eight heavy machine guns, and six 81- mm mortars.

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Panzer-Abteilung “Kummersdorf“was under the command of Hauptmann Horst Zobel

The newly formed Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment (armored artillery regiment) “Müncheberg” was under the command of Oberstleutnant Martin Buhr. The Stab (headquarters) and all Panzergrenadierkompanien (armored infantry company) for this regiment were formed with personnel from Wachtregiment (Guard Regiment) "Berlin." On March 18th men from an infantry battalion of the 1.SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler were used to bolster the new division's strength, now reported (near normal tank division strength) at over 6,000 soldiers. Headquarters Company and the Headquarters Battery (semi-motorized) for the Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment "Müncheberg" were created on March 8, 1945 from the 412th Volks (national militia) Artillery Corps (motorized) plus additional personnel from Military District II. Its 1st Division is formed from 5th Volks (national militia) Artillery’s 411th Corps (semi-motorized) and consists of three (1st, 2nd, 3rd) Battery’s (semi-motorized) each with six 10.5cm le.FH18 guns each. The 2nd Division is formed this same day by renaming the Heeres (Army) 301st Anti-aircraft Division (FlaK-Abteilung 301) and it consists of two (1st, 2nd) Anti-Aircraft Battery’s equipped with six 8.8cm s.FlaK (motorized) and two le.FlaK (motorized) each, plus a 3rd Anti-Aircraft Battery with nine 3.7cm anti-aircraft FlaK guns (motorized).

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8.8cm s.FlaK Motorized

Panzerjägerkompanie (anti-tank) "Müncheberg" is created by renaming the 1st Company of the 682nd schwere ( heavy) Panzerjeager-Abteilung (anti-tank division- motorized) which had been tactically attached to "Müncheberg" since March 5, 1945. It is equipped with twelve 8.8cm heavy PaK43 (motorized) anti-tank guns. Additionally, a Pionierkompanie (Engineer Company) and a Divisional Versorgungstruppen (supply troops) (semi-motorized) are also created for the company from men from Wehrkreis (military district) X. The Begleitkompanie (Escort company) "Müncheberg" (motorized), is formed on March 8th with personnel from Wehrkreis (military district) III and equipped with an anti-aircraft platoon of six 2cm Flak (Sfl.) guns. Also, the 7th Heavy Field Howitzers IG (Infanteriegeschuetz) (infantry howitzer) Company (motorized), and the 8th Panzer Grenadier Pioneer (armoured engineers) Company were created for "Müncheberg." The 7th Company was equipped with four Heavy Field IGs howitzers (semi-motorized) with both the 7th and 8th Companies were staffed with men from Wehrkreis (Military Area) XIII. These units were under the direct command of the Regimental Headquarters.

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Waffentrager sent at the end of the war to "Müncheberg" and used in the anti-tank defense of Berlin

Back on March 8, 1945 an order was issued for the transfer of an Aufklärungskompanie (Reconnaissance Company) (VW) from the 10th Panzer Division “Sternberg” which now became the Panzer-Aufklärungs-Kompanie (Armoured Reconnaissance Company)"Müncheberg." The Divisional command was not satisfied with the soft-skinned Volkswagen vehicles it had received from 10th Panzer Division “Sternberg” and the Heeres Zugamt (Army Ordnance/Supply Depot) sends them four Sd.Kfz. 234/1 and four Sd.Kfz. 234/4 as additional armour. On March 11th Panzer-Aufklärungs-Kompanie (Armoured Reconnaissance Company) "Müncheberg" was renamed to Panzerspäh-Kompanie (Armoured Calvary Company) "Müncheberg" and Panzer-Abteilung "Kummersdorf" is renamed Panzer-Abteilung "Müncheberg."

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A destroyed Panzerspäh-Kompanie (Armoured Calvary Company) "Müncheberg" 234 in Berlin

The Panzer-Nachrichten-Kompanie (armoured signal company) "Müncheberg" was created on March 5th from a cadre of men from Nachrichtenzug (signal communication platoon) of Panzer-Brigade 103 and additional personnel from Wehrkreis (military district) III. The formation of the Divisionskommando (special administration division) was created as well on March 5th from Kommando/Panzer-Brigade 103. PioneerKompanie (Engineer Company) (semi-motorized) "Müncheberg" is formed with personnel sent from the Truppenübungsplatz (Troop Training Camp) at Döberitz. The Battalion Headquarters, the Headquarter Company, 1st Armoured (Panther) Company and 2nd Armoured (Panther) Company, the Supply Company, and the Armoured Werkstattzug (maintenance platoon) of the I./Panzer-Regiment 29 all arrived at the assembly area on March 8, 1945.

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German Flak Gun

On March 11, 1945, Kraftfahrkompanie (motor transport company) "Müncheberg" is formed from the Kraftfahrkomp. 3./151 of Panzergrenadier-Division "Kurmark," as is the Verwaltungskompanie (administration company) "Müncheberg" with personnel from Wehrkreis (military district) III. The Werkstatt-Kompanie (repair shop company) "Müncheberg" (motorized) is created by renaming Werkstatt-Komp. 2./87 of 25th Panzergrenadier-Division. The Feldpostamt (army post office) "Müncheberg" (motorized) is formed with men from Wehrkreis XIII, as are two companies of Sanitätstruppen (medical troops) "Müncheberg." The last element of the Headquarters Division, Feldgendarmetrupp (Military Police) (motorized) "Müncheberg," is created with elements from 1st Military Feldgendarme-Polizeiregiment (Military Police Regiment), from Wehrmachtsbesirk "Böhmen-Mahren."

Ten Panther Pzkpfw V Auf G’s entered into the division on April 5, 1945. These ten Panthers issued to I./Panzer-Regiment 29 on April 5 were equipped with Sperber (Sparrow Hawk) FG1250 IR [one 30cm infrared searchlight (with range of 600m) and image converter operated by the commander] Nacht Jager (night-vision) system. This panzer company was commanded by Oberlt. Rasim. The Panthers in the IR-company were supported by an IR equipped Panzergrenadier company with three SdKfz 251/20 Uhu (Owl) IR 60 cm searchlights and three SdKfz.251/21 Falke (Falcon) SPW's. On April 6, 1945, an order is issued for the utilization of the personnel of 3./Panzer-Regiment 26 in to the division. This company was a part of 26. Panzer-Abteilung and was sent to Germany from Italy in March 1945 and was trained with the new night-vision devices. After this reorganization was completed its personnel and equipment were sent to "Müncheberg" for deployment.

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"Sperber" equiped Panther V

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SdKfz 251/20 Uhu (Owl) equiped IR 60 cm searchlight

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SdKfz.251/20 Falke (Falcon) SPW's

Combat History

First Action – Küstrin

By the end of March 14, 1945, “Muncheberg’s” battle strength was reported as Battalions: 5, Combatant Strength: 6000, Mortars: 55, Guns: 78, and Armoured Strength: 49 (tanks + stugs). As the advancing Soviet forces neared Müncheberg, the now partly formed Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” was ordered to move east as the mobile reserve for Infantry General (General der Infanterie) Theodor Busse's Ninth Army. The Ninth Army represented a significant part of Colonel General (Generaloberst) Gotthard Heinrici's Army Group Vistula (Heeresgruppe Weichsel). Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” arrived at the front in Cottbus on March 22, 1945.

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Infantry General (General der Infanterie) Theodor Busse

The town of Küstrin lies roughly 70 km to the east of Berlin. The forces of Marshall Vasily Chuikov had reached the outskirts of Küstrin on January 31 and had immediately been committed in efforts to secure a bridgehead across the Oder. Bridgeheads were established to the north and south of Küstrin, but the Soviets could not consolidate their bridgehead until Küstrin was captured. The Soviets, hesitant to attack the well defended fortress, began attempts to surround Küstrin.

Despite repeated Soviet attacks, the narrow strip of land between Busse's 9. Armee and Küstrin, dubbed the Küstrin Corridor was kept open. On March 22, as the "Müncheberg" division reached the front, a major Soviet effort to sever the corridor went into action. The Soviet plan was complicated, consisting of an inner and outer encirclement. The inner encirclement succeeded quickly, and the corridor was cut. Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” went into action on March 22 alongside General der Panzertruppen Karl Decker's XXXIX Panzerkorps. Over the next three days, Müncheberg, together with the 25th Panzergrenadier-Division was to claim 200 enemy tanks destroyed. Despite this, by March 25 the outer encirclement was completed, trapping several German units including a platoon from Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg.”

On March 27, the Germans launched a counter-offensive aimed at re-opening the Küstrin Corridor. “Müncheberg” was subordinated to XXXIX Panzerkorps for the attack." Müncheberg" was the most formidable remaining armoured division along the Oder. The attack included the 20th Panzergrenadier Division, 25th Panzergrenadier Division, “Führer Grenadier” Panzergrenadier Division, KampfGruppe 1001 Nachts (Nights) (an ad-hoc unit itself), and SS Pz.Abt 502 along with Panzer-Abteilung“Müncheburg.” The attack was not successful and all the units sustained heavy casualties. The Soviet artillery shelling was so overwhelming that combat reports from the 20th Panzer Grenadier describe large groups of men breaking down and "fleeing in panic towards the rear.” Despite inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy, “Müncheburg” was unable to break through to the city. A Soviet counter-attack hit the 20th Panzergrenadier-Division and soon the attack was in total disarray. The Soviet artillery caused heavy casualties among the retreating Germans as well. After the failure of the Küstrin counter-attack, the exhausted Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” was pulled out of the line to be refitted.

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Battle of Seelow Heights

Before the April 1945 battle for the Seelow Heights, Panzer-Division “Müncheberg” was reinforced from training units, the Volksturm, and the 1st Panzergrenadier Battalion from the 1st SS Panzer Division’s field training Regiment. The strength of division on April 1, 1945, comprised approximately 5000 soldiers, 150 machine guns, 22 mortars, 12 anti-tank guns, 25 field guns and 45 tanks. During this refit period, a Panzergrenadier company and a company of 10 Panther ausf Gs were sent to Panzertruppenschule II at Wünsdorf to be refitted with the Sperber-IR equipment. The formations were then returned to the division on April 7, 1945. By then the “Müncheberg” divsion was dug in at the 'Hardenberg Positions' on Seelow Heights.

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A knocked out Panther V from “Müncheberg” at Seelow Heights

The new IR equipped company, part of I./29.Panzer-Regiment, was under the command of Oberleutnant Rasim. Rasim together with the supporting IR capable Panzergrenadiers under Hauptmann Steuer and platoon leader Lt Draeger, launched a night attack towards Soviet troops entrenched on the Reitwein Spur. This was one of the first uses of Infraredequipment in combat and the night attack, although limited, was still considered a success. Exact results of the IR units are unknown, but the night attack was generally successful.

One example of" Muncheberg’s" IR equipment was Panther #122, commanded by Feldwebel Hoffmann. It first saw action with the IR-equiped unit between Gusow and Seelow (east of Berlin) in early April 1945. On the engine deck that night there were two Grenadiers, protected by an armored pen and armed with IR-MP.44 (machine gun) to provide close-in protection. After the first night action with IR the I./29.Panzer-Regiment never saw action again as a whole unit. and eventually Panther 122 was destroyed and knocked out east of Berlin in late April. The crew survived, but the commander lost his arm and the others were lightly wounded. One of the I./29 Panzer-Regiment IR equipped Panthers (#121) saw action in the defense of Berlin one night in late April 1945.

Armoured Strength of Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” as of April 13, 1945 was one Panzer III Auf M, four Stugs, two Panzers IV, twenty one Panther V, ten Tiger VI, and one each Jagdpanzer (hunting panzer) IV (L) and Jagdpanther (hunting panther),one Nashorn, and one Hummel. “Muncheberg’s” combatant strength was reported now at only at 1,986 soldiers.

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Jagdpanzer IV of “Müncheberg” outside of Berlin

Zhukov, launching his attack at night, had set up searchlights which were to illuminate the German positions in the pre-dawn darkness. Instead, they silhouetted the advancing Soviet tanks and men, and enabled the entrenched Germans to hold the heights for several days. The division, equipped with several self-propelled 8.8 cm and 12.8 cm anti-tank guns, caused heavy casualties on the advancing Soviets in what was to be known as the Battle of Seelow Heights. On 16 April Marshall Georgi Zhukov launched a massive assault across the Alte Oder aimed at capturing Berlin. Over the next few days, Zhukov threw thousands of troops and tanks against the entrenched Germans, who managed to rebuff each assault. The division managed to fight the Soviet armour spearhead to a temporary standstill on the hills west of the Oder River, but inevitably was pushed back off the Seelow Heights. On April 19 the 9th Fallschirmjäger-Division, on the “Müncheberg's” right, finally cracked and the entire front collapsed. On April 20, after holding the line for eight days, Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg,” together with its neighboring formation 11th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division “Nordland" fell back into Berlin itself. From this date until the end of the war, Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” was in constant combat.[/I]


Battle of Berlin

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The division halted for a ferocious rearguard action in the village of Müncheberg, inflicting more heavy losses on the advancing Soviets. Despite this, the Soviet advance did not slow and the division was pushed back into Berlin itself. The remnants of the Panzer-Abteilung“Müncheberg”were positioned in the north-eastern sector of Berlin, north of the River Spree. By this stage, the division retained roughly a dozen tanks and about thirty halftracks. Late on April 20, 1945, the Kampfgruppe "Eisler" was subordinated to the division. This unit was a Kampfgruppe at the strength of a tank division.

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Knocked out Tiger II of Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” in Berlin

On April 25, General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling, the recently appointed commander of the defense of Berlin, ordered Mummert to take command of the LVI Panzer Corps, command of Panzer-Abteilung "Müncheberg" being handed over to Oberst (Colonel) Hans-Oscar Wöhlermann, the artillery commander (ArKo) for the city. On April 26 “Müncheberg,” along withthe “Nordland” division was ordered to attack towards Tempelhof Airport and Neukolln. With its last ten tanks, “Müncheberg” at first made good progress against the surprised Soviets, however fierce defensive fire and several local counter-attacks soon halted the advance. Around noon on April 26 Wöhlermann was released from command and Mummert was reinstated as commander of the division. On April 27, very early in the morning, Hitler ordered the flooding of the Berlin underground to slow the advancing Soviets. Hitler's order resulted in the drowning of many German soldiers and civilians who had taken refuge in the tunnels. As the "Müncheberg" division was engaged in desperate fighting in Wilmersdorf, the encirclement of Berlin was completed and the remnants of Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg” were trapped.

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“Müncheberg” Jagdpanzer IV knocked out in Berlin

On April 30, Hitler committed suicide. On this date Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg,” the German 18th Panzergrenadier Division along with a few Tiger II’s from schwere-SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503 were engaged in heavy fighting near the Westkreuz and Halensee train stations and on Kurfurstendamm. By May 1 “Müncheburg” had been pushed back to within about a block from the Fuhrer Bunker, in Tiergaden, near the Zoo Bunker which sheltered thousands of civilians, and continued the struggle until two events took place. First, radio signals stopped coming from the German government on May 1, 1945. The Reichstag building had been under direct assault since 0430 hours on April 30. Attempts to stop Soviet armoured assaults against Moltke Bridge over the Spree River, about 600 yards away from the Reichstag building, failed to prevent the crossing of Soviet armour and infantry on the evening April 29, 1945. Fighting was still going on inside the Reichstag building, even with the Communist flag placed on top of the building. The Reichstag building did not completely surrender until the morning of May 2, 1945. Second, on May 2, 1945 loud speakers on trucks began to sound the voice German General Wiedling, ordering all Germans in Berlin to surrender. Leaflets also began to fall on the Tiergaden telling the Germans to surrender which were endorsed by General Wiedling. Panzer-Abteilung “Müncheberg’s” last operating tank, a Tiger 1, was abandoned on the Unter den Linden straße, just a hundred yards from the Brandenburg Gate.

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“Müncheberg” Division Tiger I abandoned outside the Brandenburg gate

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The same Tiger I from “Müncheberg” as pictured above, #323, the last Tiger to fight in Berlin


The decision was made by Mummert to leave Berlin in order prevent Soviet capture. He was determined to lead the survivors of his division in an escape to the west, through the suburb of Spandau. Ignoring Weidling's calls for a cessation of hostilities, Mummert ordered the breakout attempt to get underway on May 2, 1945. Late in the day Mummert went missing during heavy fighting, surfacing years later in a Soviet Gulag. The “Muncheberg” Division was later joined by what was left of the XVIII Mechanized Infantry Division, and remnants of 18th Panzergrenadier. On May 3, 1945, the German divisions reached Fey Bridge crossing the Havel River, into Spandau district in North West Berlin while fighting several pitch battles while on route to Fey Bridge.

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Knocked out Tiger II in berlin from Panzer Division“Muncheberg”

The bridge was under heavy Soviet artillery fire, but the few survivors of the “Müncheberg” attempted to cross the carnage of the bridge. Those who made it across the bridge found that they were surrounded by the Soviets, and on May 5 the division, which was now the last organized formation in Berlin, disintegrated. Several small groups of men had managed to reach the Americans, but the majority of the survivors of the two units eventually entered into Soviet captivity.

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Soviet T-34 tanks advance through the heart of Berlin

Orders of battle

March 1945 – Küstrin counterattack




Panzer-Regiment Müncheberg – Oberstleutnant Kuno von Meyer

Panzer-Abteilung Kummersdorf – Hauptmann Horst Zobel
I./Panzer-Regiment 29 - Major Marquad


Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 Müncheberg – Oberst Goder
Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 Müncheberg – Oberstleutnant Werner Rodust
Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment Müncheberg – Oberstleutnant Martin Buhr
Panzerspäh-Kompanie Müncheberg
Panzer Pionier Kompanie (motorized) Müncheberg
Feld-Ersatz Battalion Müncheberg
Panzer Nachrichten Kompanie Müncheberg
Panzer Versorgungstruppen

April 1945 – Battle of Berlin


Panzer-Regiment Müncheberg

I./Panzer-Regiment Müncheberg
II./Panzer-Regiment Müncheberg


Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 Müncheberg
Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 Müncheberg
Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment Müncheberg
Panzerspäh-Kompanie Müncheberg
schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung (motorized) 682
Heeres Flak Artillerie Abteilung (motorized) 301
Panzer Pionier Kompanie (motorized) Müncheberg
Feld-Ersatz Battalion Müncheberg
Panzer Nachrichten Kompanie Müncheberg

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"Last Battle: The Classic History of the Battle for Berlin" -Cornelius Ryan

"The Wehrmacht Weapons Testing Grounds at Kummersdorf " by Wolfgang Fleischer P178, 179

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