Sorry Ron, you probably consider me a real pain in the neck by now but actually the story of Pz.Jg.Kp. 1173 was far more complicated than it looks from the records you have. Maybe I should have answered Matthias's question earlier, but I was to lazy.
According to the orders to refit the 73. Inf.Div. issued by OKH/GenStdH/Org.Abt. on 28.5.1944 and Chef H Rüst u BdE/AHA on 30.5.1944 the division was to be organized as "Inf.Div. 44" but without Stab Pz.Jg.Abt., Stu.Gesch.Abt. and Fla-Kp., i.e. initially it was to have a Div.Pz.Jg.Kp. 173 only. This company was to be armed with 12 7,5 cm Pak mot.Z. and these guns were then issued accordingly.
During the summer of 1944 the Stab Pz.Jg.Abt. 173 was added as well as a 3.(Fla) Kp.. The monthly 'Zustandsberichte' of Pz.Jg.Abt. 173 from 1.9.1944 until 1.1.1945 do show that during this time the unit consisted of Stab, 1.(Pak mot.Z.) Kp. and 3.(Fla) Kp. only.
Although according to the records of the Gen.Insp.d.Pz.Tr. the allocation of the 10 StuG III to 73. Inf.Div. was made on 27.9.1944 there must have been some changes on short notice. In the original allocation records the shipment of 10 StuG III to 73. I.D. on 1.10.1944 carries the handwritten remark "für Westen" which is an indication that the guns apparently were redirected as replacements to the Western Front. And indeed, as I already stated above the ‘Zustandsberichte’ of Pz.Jg.Abt. 173 also list no arrival of any StuG III after 1.10.1944.
Records of the OKH/GenStdH/Org.Abt. now show that the formation of the 2. Kp., i.e. Pz.Jg.Kp. 1173, in Mielau was only later ordered on 15.10.1944. No StuG were delivered and at the end of December 1944 it was decided to equip the unit with Jagdpz. 38 instead and so it was transferred from Mielau to Milowitz. Here it received the 14 Jagdpz. 38 and 1 Bergepz. 38. Training was to be completed and combat readiness to be achieved by 25.1.1945 at the latest.
But already on 19.1.1945 orders arrived to immediately prepare Pz.Jg.Kp. 1173 for train transport to H.Gr.A (Mitte) area and on the next day it left Milowitz. During the next months the company was attached to various units in the AOK 17 sector and finally on 25.4.1945 it was incorporated as new Jagdpz. Kp. 1248 into the 168. Inf.Div.
So why did Pz.Jg.Kp. 1173 never join its parent 73. Inf.Div.? After barely escaping from ‘Festung’ Modlin the 73. Inf.Div. became encircled in ‘Festung’ Thorn on 25.1.1945. There was no chance of getting Pz.Jg.Kp. 1173 there. And there was no need since already at the very end of December 1944 the Pz.Jg.Kp. 1510 (originally intended for Radf.Jg.Brig. 10) with 14 Jagdpz. 38 had been tactically subordinated to the division instead. Pz.Jg.Kp. 1510 later lost all Jagdpz. 38 during the breakout from ‘Festung’ Thorn in early February 1945.
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