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Spencer the Great

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#1 9 years ago

So what exactly is a tank division? What would the typical number of tanks in an ideal tank division be? I know that Germany often had less than 100 tanks in their panzer divisions by the middle of the war, and this number decreased. In American tank divisions today how many tanks do they have? Does it take 10000 soldiers to run 100 tanks? I've never understood the organization.




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#2 9 years ago

"The Wehrmacht Heer panzer division consisted of a single panzer regiment, two panzer grenadier regiments, one motorised artillery regiment (later panzer artillery regiment); one anti-tank destroyer battalion organised into three anti-tank companies with eight 37mm and three 50mm guns each, and a battery of anti-aircraft guns was also included that used both single and quadruple mount 20mm auto-cannons. There were also five other combat and combat support battalions: motorcycle-infantry battalion, reconnaissance battalion, pioneer battalion, signals battalion, and field replacement battalion. In all the division included 16,000 personnel and was equipped with from 135 to 209 tanks, 25 armoured cars, and 192 guns, including 53 anti-tank weapons."

Wiki pretty much sums it up perfectly as to its organization.




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#3 9 years ago

ug, muddy. you need to learn how to paraphrase, man.

Well, saying "tank division" would be incorrect. they are "armored divisions". this means they are different from infantry divisions in that they have more tanks and such.

so, to rephrase that: infantry division+a bunch of tanks=armored division

im not big on the numbers of it, im a Navy guy, so i could go into great detail about Navy divisions, but most people arent interested in that sort of thing.




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#4 9 years ago

So when an armored division attacks do they keep the tanks within visual range of each other or are they spread out over large distances?




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#5 9 years ago
Spencer the Great;4692051So when an armored division attacks do they keep the tanks within visual range of each other or are they spread out over large distances?

that depends on the doctrine of the military, the commanding officer, and the mission. generally speaking, though, they like to stay well within line of sight of each other.




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#6 9 years ago

I don't believe tactical movements of Armored Divisions has changed a whole lot, has it?




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#7 9 years ago

AFAIK German panzer and blitzkrieg tactics are still teached to tank crews nowadays.




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#8 9 years ago

Tanks were always withen sight of each other. The myth of the lone tiger tank was simply because of Wittmann. If you read Otto Carius's book Tigers in the Mud, you see that he never went out alone, and was always with the rest of his Tiger company, at least 4 tanks, if not 8 or 12.




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#9 9 years ago
Von Mudra;4692144Tanks were always withen sight of each other. The myth of the lone tiger tank was simply because of Wittmann. If you read Otto Carius's book Tigers in the Mud, you see that he never went out alone, and was always with the rest of his Tiger company, at least 4 tanks, if not 8 or 12.

not always true, at least in modern times. occasionally, a single tank with ample infantry will be used in an infantry support role on lightly defended positions where the capacity for anti tank combat by the enemy is minimal. however, in open combat where engaging enemy armor is possible, yes, there will always be multiple tanks or armored vehicles.




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#10 9 years ago

Modern times, yeah, I was saying in WW2:P Tanks fought in squads of 4 in the german army usually.