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Don't be confused into thinking that the German divisional organization is like the "cookie-cutter" organizations of the western Allies. As Chistoph said, you have to look at the individual divisional organization at a specific period of time. The component units of the German divisional organizations were, almost, unique. It depended on what time period the unit was raised (which "wave"), and field conditions. The 21st Panzer in Normandy is an excellent example. This unit contained a whole lot of field-constructed and modified "beute" equipment, only resembling the current KStN (and 21st Panzer never did get a Panther battalion). For an informed answer on Aufklarungs Battalions see:K. Smith wrote:Thanks to both of you for the replies!
Christian, excellent suggestion. Unfortunately, I already have Zetterling's book which I believe the website is based on. BTW, I would recommend it to anyone interested in the German forces in Normandy in 1944. In addition to very detailed information on units involved he also has an interesting discussion on the combat effectiveness of airpower. Disciples of Giulio Douhet will find it very irritating!
Christoph, I have taken a look a your website , but I could use some guidance into how to interpret the data. For instance, a panzer division organized under the Type 43 tables would have which KStN for its Recon Battalion? (I assume this would the TO&E which units in Normandy would be using) Also, I do not see anything for a Recon Battalion (Panzeraufklarung Abteilung) as such. Please bear with me if I am overlooking something; I haven't studied German in about fifteen years.
If it would simplify matters, I am currently examing units involved in Operation COBRA and we could just focus on those for now.