10th Panzer Regiment & 10th Panzer Jager Regiment
A well attributed group to Panzer Unteroffizier Willi Guddat. enlisted in 1938 and served on several fronts.
He served in the 10th Panzer Regiment, 8th Panzer Division in Poland '39, France '40, Yugoslavia '41 and then Russia. He was severely wounded in action and served as a tank instructor at Bergan-Belsen while recuperating. 22.2.44 Panzer Replacement Abteilung 10 (Pz Ers Abt 10). Returning to the 10th Panzer Jager Regiment of the 10th Panzer Grenadier Division, he surrendered to the Russians with his unit in Czechoslovakia.
Escaping post war Russian captivity, Guddat eventually served in the Bundeswehr with the 10th Panzer Division at Sigmaringen.
Included are original photos in his Panzer wrap, award certificates in varied condition, his 1957 Bundeswehr ribbon bar set with miniature devices of his wartime awards. Wartime award documents include the War Merit Cross 2nd Class (20.10.41), Panzer Assault Badge in Silver (Russland 1.2.43), iron Cross 2nd Class (Russland 26.8.43), Black Wound Badge, and Eastern Front Medal (41-42), Drivers Badge in Bronze (1.4.43). Postwar records verify his service. The highlight to.me is a great handwritten letter dated in 1970 detailing his service with translation! The 1957 version full sized medals are originals but added to correspond with the awards in his records, the ribbon bar is original to the group.
The photos show the young officer in his black Panzer wrap uniform and included are two photos of his tanks; a Panzer 38(t) and a Panzer IV with a longer 7,5cm kwk l/43 or l/48. Possibly a Panzer IVG with extra armor. The reverse of the photo reads
Pzr Ers. Abt. 10 Groß Glienicke bei Berlin.
German Service in WWII but written in 1964
Army unit 1/PzRgt 10
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1st Panzer Division, 10th Regiment
The 1st Panzer Division was formed on 15 October 1935 from the 3rd Cavalry Division, and was headquartered in Weimar. The panzer regiments were equipped with the light Panzer I and Panzer II, with the more powerful Panzer III arriving in late 1936. In 1938, the division participated in the Anschluss of Austria, the occupation of the Sudetenland, and the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939. In September 1939, the 1st Panzer Division took part in the invasion of Poland, reaching the outskirts of Warsaw after eight days. They returned to Germany in November 1939, after the Polish surrender.
In May 1940, the 1st Panzer Division was part of the invasion of France, Luxembourg and Belgium. It took part in the battles of Sedan and Dunkirk before swinging south to participate in the attack on the Weygand Line. It advanced towards the Swiss border and occupied Belfort before the surrender of France having suffered relatively low casualties.
The 1st Panzer Division remained in France until September 1940, when it was moved to East Prussia. It supplied a substantial number of units to the new 16th and 18th Panzer Divisions. From 22 June 1941, it took part of Operation Barbarossa, crossing the former German-Lithuanian frontier as part of the Army Group North and the 4th Panzer Group. The division was involved in heavy fighting and, by mid-August, had only 44, of the 155 tanks it had started out with less than two month earlier, left in serviceable condition. It continued to advance towards Leningrad until early October when it was transferred to the Army Group Centre to take part in the advance on Moscow. The division advanced within 32 kilometres (20 mi) on Moscow before being forced to retreat during the Soviet counterattack.
The division was part of the defense of the Rzhev Salient during early 1942, initially being very short on tanks and fighting predominantly as infantry until being resupplied during Spring. The 1st Panzer Division was engaged in the defence of the supply lines of the 9th Army in the centre of the Eastern Front. It suffered heavy casualties during the defence against repeated Soviet attacks in the Winter of 1942–43 before eventually being transferred back to France in January 1943 for refitting. After months in northern France, the division was sent to occupied Greece in June 1943 because of the perceived threat of an Allied landing there. Instead, the landing took place in Sicily and the division participated in the disarming of Italian forces in Greece when the former defected from the Axis in September 1943. The 1st Panzer Division was brought up to full strength again in October when it received a substantial number of Panther and Tiger I tanks and returned to the Eastern Front again shortly thereafter.
The 1st Panzer Division was engaged in the southern sector of the Eastern Front to serve alternately within the 1st and 4th Panzer Army as an emergency force. It was constantly thrown from crisis location to crisis location as the German front lines retreated, taking part in battles at Kiev, Zhitomir and Cherkassy. The latter battle saw the division attempting to break through to the cauldron but falling just short. By March 1944, the division had been reduced to just over 25 percent of its nominal strength. Retreating further westwards, the division was part of the Kamenets-Podolsky pocket and, from there, took part in the defence of eastern Poland and Hungary. It was engaged in defensive operations around Lake Balaton and took part in the unsuccessful attempt to break through to the Siege of Budapest and once more suffered heavy losses.
The final month of the Second World War saw the division engaged in the defense of Styria. From there, it retreated westwards to surrender to US forces rather than Soviet ones, successfully crossing the demarcation line between the two. It surrendered on 8 May 1945 in southern Bavaria and most of its soldiers were released from captivity soon after.