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Panzer-Abteilung 301 (FKL)

Post by jmark » Thu Sep 18, 2003 9:14 pm

Hi there,

I'm hoping someone can give me some information about this battalion. I am mainly interested in the period October-December 1942. I found the following reference in a war diary:
"1 gem.Kp/Pz.Abt.301 (Sprengstoffträger)"

Was this Abteilung (or, more specifically, 1 gem.Kp.) with Heeresgruppe Süd in later 1942? What type and number of vehicles did this Kompanie have?

Any info will be helpful. Thanks.

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Post by Björn » Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:23 am

Hello!
I found a few links, using Google. Here are a few, the Italian is not heavy to understand even if not speaking Italian:

http://web.genie.it/utenti/p/panther/un ... 1PAFkl.htm

http://www.fprado.com/armorsite/tigers-02.htm

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Post by David Constable » Mon Sep 22, 2003 3:36 pm

Gem is an abreviation and just means mixed in German.

At this time the unit was using Pz.Kpfw.III and probably B.IV (Sd.Kfz.301).
Latter it used StuG then finally Tiger I.

Gem is most commonly seen in artillary units, but should be used even for Pz Kp's that had PzII and III.

If you need any more information on the unit I have a limited amount.

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1./Pz.Abt. 301 (FKL)

Post by Jason Long » Sun Sep 28, 2003 12:02 pm

Jason,
The Kompanie arrived in Oblivskaya on 26 Nov 42. It was equipped with about 10 Pz IIIs and a mix of B. IV and Goliath demolition vehicles. It fought in support of some of the Luftwaffe Felddivisions before being withdrawn on 30 Jan 43. It was also known as Kompanie Abendroth after its commander.

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Post by jmark » Tue Sep 30, 2003 5:16 pm

Hi guys,

Thanks for the replies.

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Jason,

You say it arrived in Oblivskaya on 26th November 1942. Do you know where it came from? From Germany or from another sector of the front? I'm trying to determine if the company could have been used in Stalingrad from 10th November onwards.

Also, do you know more about the number of B. IVs and Goliaths? Did a company such as this have a standard number of these 'vehicles' allocated?

Thanks!


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David,

Thanks for the info. You said you had a bit more information. It would be great if you could post it.


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Post by Michi » Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:54 am

@Jason Long

I have listed the Tank Coy ABENDROT with 3 T-34 and 2 T-70 as part of the battle-group von STUMPFELD on the River Chir.



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Pz.Abt. 301

Post by Ron Klages » Thu Oct 02, 2003 11:07 am

Hi Jason,

Here is some data on the unit from Marcus Jaugitz's book FUNKLENKPANZER.

On 9 September 1942 Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) was redesignated as Panzer-Abteilung 301. The unit participated in the defensive struggle south of Lake Ladoga with the 11. Armee on the northern Front. From 3 October to 30 October 1942 they participated in positional fighting in the area of operations of the 11. Armee and then from 31 October to 16 November 1942 they fought in the area of operations of the 18. Armee.
During this time the unit was re-organized as follows:

• 3./Panzer-Abteilung 302 arrived from Neuruppin on 22 October and was incorporated into Panzer-Abteilung 301 as the 2. Kompanie.

• The former 2./Panzer-Abteilung 301 was taken out of action, re-designated as the 3./Panzer-Abteilung 302 and transported to Neuruppin.

• Kompanie Abendroth was formed as a special remote-control unit. The bulk of this unit came from the 1. Kompamie with additional personnel from the 3. Kompanie and the headquarters kompanie.

During the period from 23 October to 11 December 1942, Panzer-Abteilung 301 remained with Heeresgruppe Nord in the area of the 18. Armee, with the exception of Kompanie Abendroth, which left the abteilung in mid-November.

On 12 December 1942 Panzer-Abteilun began entraining for transport to Arnswalde.

On 20 November 1942 the Heer called for the establishment of 10 radio-controlled armor units. At the same time it was ordered that existing personnel and radio-control equipment be brought together in a radio-control instructional unit of the Panzertruppen-Schule to be based at Neuruppin. In otherwords the remote-control units were to be reorganized from existing assests. Hence another re-organization,

The new Panzer-Abteilung (Fkl) 301 was formed on 25 January 1943 at Neuruppin from elements from the disbanded Panzer-Abteilung 302 and the elements of Panzer-Abteilung 301 that had returned to Arnswalde in Pomerania.

Panzer-Abteilung (Fkl) 301 consisted of the following:

• Headquarters
• Headquarters Kompanie [Oberlt. Stein]
• Maitenance Zug [Lt. Meyer]
• 2. Panzer-Kompanie [Oberlt. Hoyer]
• 3. Panzer-Kompanie [Oberlt. Krämer]
• 4. Panzer-Kompanie [Oberlt. Busse]

Abteilung Commander: Major Reinel
Adjutant: Oberlt. Guckel
Special Staff Officer: Lt. Sickendick
Radio-Control Officer: Oberlt. Voss
Abteilung Surgeon: Oberarzt Dr, Wick

The 1. Panzer-Kompanie was to be formed from Konpanie Abendroth which was employed in southern Russia. It returned to Germany in mid-March 1943 and rather than going to Neuruppin to become the 1. Panzer-Kompanie/Panzer-Abteilung (Fkl) 301 it went instead to Eisenach as a replacement battalion. It remained there until 6 July 1943 when it was disbanded and the personnel were used to form Panzer-Kompanie 315 (Fkl). This is another story so I will end this thread here.

At the beginning of September 1943 Panzer-Abteilung (Fkl) 301 reported they were ready for combat and on 11 September 1943 they received orders to transport to OB West. I will end the tail here since it is far beyond the period you are interested in. I will now go back to the period at the end of 1942 and earlier.

As I noted above Panzer-Abteilung 301 had previously been Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk). They had been formed on 9 February 1942 with the following structure:

Battalion Stab with 2 Pz III/J
Commander: Hptm. Weicke
Adjutant: Lt. Dr. Schlüter
Executive Officer: Lt. Dr. Schmidt
Remote-control Officer: Oberlt. Dipl.Ing. Hanke
Battalion Surgeon: Dr. Wirth

1./Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) with 2 Pz III/J Oberlt. von Abendroth
1. Zug Lt. unknown with 4 Pz.III/J and 20 BIV
2. Zug Lt. Schlenzig with 5 Pz.III/J
2./Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) with 2 Pz III/J Oberlt. Fritschken
1. Zug Lt. Fischer with 4 Pz.III/J and 19 BIV
2. Zug Lt. von Rhoden with 4 Pz.III/J
3./Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) with 1 Pz.III/J Oberlt. Senne
1. Zug Lt. Dettmann with 43 Goliath and 7
2. Zug Lt. Sigmund

At the beginning of May 1942 they were ordered to proceed to Sevastapol leaving Cottbus between 11 and 13 May 1942 and arriving in the Crimea a week later. After fighting in the Sevastapol battles on 4 July 1942 they were transported to the Charzyssk area and placed under the control of the 1. Panzer-Armee. Here they took part of breaching the Russia line and pursuit into the Donets Basin and toward the Lower Don until 24 January 1942. Following the Battle of Rostov and Biatsk from 21 to 26 July 1942, the battalion was assigned the task of securing the operational area. neither demo-carriers or wire controoled vehicles saw action in this area in july but the control Panzer IIIs took part in several opertions.

After a brief rest period at Uspenskaya area Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) entrained in Amvrosiyevka on 6 August 1942 for transport to the leningrad Front. After a ten day journey they arrived at Krasnogvardeysk on 15 August 1942. They then road marched to Tishkovitsi, 20 kilometers to the south, where they were billeted. On 9 September they wer re-designated as Panzer-Abteilun 301 (Fernlenk). see the beginning above. At this point the structure of the abteilung was as follows on 13 September 1942.

1./Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) with 2 Pz III/J
1. Zug with 4 Pz.III/J and 20 BIV and 3 SdKfz. 11
2. Zug with 5 Pz.III/J
2./Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) with 2 Pz III/J
1. Zug with 4 Pz.III/J and 19 BIV nd 3 SdKfz. 11
2. Zug with 4 Pz.III/J
3./Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) with 1 Pz.III/J
1. Zug with 43 Goliath and 7 modified Bren carriers

Since you are interested in the period of October/November 1942 here are some details of their operations in that time and area.

In mid-November Kompanie Abendroth received orders to transfer into the area of Heeresgruppe B, They began entraining in Gatchina on the afternoon of 17 November and the trains departed that night. They arrived 8 days later at Oblivskaja on 26 November 1942, about 100 kilometers southwest of Stalingrad. While in this area Kompanie Abendroth participated in the defensive fighting at the Don and in the Kalmuck Steppe and, after further withdrawal, in the defensive fighting in the area of operations around the Donez. Wire and radio-control demolition vehices were used in various counter attacks and defensive actions. On 30 january 1943 Kompanie Abendroth entrained in Lichaja and departed for Germany. After a journey that lasted almost six weeks because of various interruption they finally arrived in Eisenach on 13 March 1943. This segment completes the story of this element of the unit. I also suspect that this is the 1. Kompanie that you are addressing but maybe not.

Found an interesting tidbit in a soldiers diary ( Heinz Prenzlin) that I though you would find interesting about Kompanie Abendroth:

11 December 1942: 'We have been assigned a company of Infanterie-Division 'Hermann Göring' [Actually either the 7. or 8. Lw Feld-Division]. We deploy to attack, the Ivans are trying to force a breakthrough with tanks. We use "Goliaths" carried on trucks, results with them are good. Göring's Guard" runs away, the old man is furious. We collect the automatic rifles, sub-machine guns and machine guns they threw away. The machine guns areMG 42's, most of ours are still MG 34's.


That pretty much covers Panzer-Abteilung 301 (Fernlenk) from its time first as Panzer-Abteilung 300 (Fernlenk) fighting in the Sevastopol area and the Leningrad to redeignation in 1943.

I hope this provides the information you were seeking.

Just another point. I enjoyed eaping Horseman very mush and I found the detail and the aerial photos to be of great help and interest. Keep up the excellent effort on any other projects you may be pursuing. There is not enough detailed and indepth information in most publications that come out, Yours was truly the exception.

Best regards

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Post by jmark » Fri Oct 03, 2003 9:44 pm

Hi Ron,

Good to hear from you again.

Thanks VERY much for this excellent and very comprehensive answer. It was exactly the type of info I was looking for. I'd found little tidbits of info from many different sources but your reply has answered every one of my questions. Thanks again!!! I appreciate the effort you took in typing all that in.

Imagine if the B. IV and Goliath Sprengstoffträger had been used in Stalingrad! Might have made a massive difference to the Germans.

Thanks also for the kind words about my book. It's great to hear such a positive reaction from fellow researchers and historians. My goal is to conduct the highest quality research for every book I write... and I'm hard at work on the next one now!

Thanks again Ron.

Best wishes,

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » Sun May 28, 2006 1:22 pm

A short bio of Hauptmann Ferdinand von Abendroth :
Als Höchstausgezeichneter der Funklenktruppe war Ferdnand von Abendroth Träger des Deutschen Kreuzes in Gold , welches ihm für den Einsatz bei der Erstürmung der Festung Sewastopol 1942 sowie den Einsätzen im Winter 42/43 im Vorfeld Stalingrads verliehen wurde .

Geboren am 4.1.1916 in Kössern Sachsen .

Seine Kriegseinsätze lassen sich wie folgt nachzeichnen :

Vom 1.9.1939 bis zum 20.3.42 gehörte er der 3./PzRgt.31 an .

Vom 20.3.42 bis zum 6.7.32 war er KpChef der 1./PzAbt 300 bzw. 301 .

Vom 6.7.43 bis 20.5.1944 Kdr. der Panzerkompanie 315 (FKL )

Vom 20.5.44 bis zum 15.7.44 AbtKdr. der Panzerabteilung (FKL ) 301

Am Nachmittag des 15.Juli 1944 wurde Ferdinand von Abendroth schwer verwundet und in ein Lazerett in Lemberg eingelifert , wo er am 16.7.44 seinen Verletzungen erlag .

Er galt als zuverlässiger , korrekter und erfahrener Offizier .

Seine Auszeichnungen :

EK II am 22.9.39

EK I am 17.10.39

Verwundetenabzeichjen in Schwarz am 27.2.1940

Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber am 18.8.1941

Krimschild am 22.12.1942

DKiG am 3.8.1943

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:36 am

Here is a picture of von Abendroth after recieving his DKiG :

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Source :

Marcus Jaugitz' superb "Funklenkpanzer" 8)

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