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That wonderful division, still in worse condition in late 1944, as spearhead and won a great victory for German : the battle of Nyiregyhaza during 23-27 Oct 1944. Pliyev Mechanized-Cavarly Group ( 4th and 5th Guards Cavalry Corps and 23rd Tank Corps) were encircled and destroyed. 23.Panzer division was the main attacking force with the support of 1.Panzer division, crushed Russian mechanized force, ruining their dream of capturing Hungary by the end of 1944. That Russian mechanized group had 6,255 killed and 6,662 were captured and another 11,900 estimated killed, Russian also lost 358 tanks, 1954 motor vehicles, 310 guns, 247 mortars and 600 antitank gun.madmike wrote:Why the 23rd?
what does you mean ? some people downgraded or underestimated the performance of 5. Panzer division ?Helmut wrote:Servus,
I have always felt that the 5. Panzer didn't receive due credit especially towards the end of the war in East Prussia. I'm not saying it was one of the best but it certainly was awesome in this campaign.