Between the Wars by Christine Dugan

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Panzer-Division. Chapter 8 Operations: August 15 – 21, 1944 The activities of the German armoured vehicle forces during the second half of August were concentrated on the Old City. The Germans had significantly strengthened their armoured contingent in Warsaw. Taking part in the fighting were the entire Panzer-Abteilung 302. , and Pionier-Sturm-Bataillon 500. The greater part of these units was specially trained to carry out warfare in built-up urban areas and equipped with vehicles and weaponry suitable to such conflicts.

Had a complement of 26 Hetzers and Stug 40s while Ersatz-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 200, had two StuG 40s. At this ttimepoint, the first units from Panzer-Abteilung 302. (Flk) arrived in Warsaw. In Mokotów, units from the garrison on Ulica Rakowiecka went on the attack along Ulica Pulawska in a southward direction. A tank was stopped in the area around Ulica Madilińskiego but it was later towed back to Ulica Rakowiecka. The following day, a number of armoured vehicles (StuG 40s and Sd Kfz 25/1/1 Ds) operated in support of Lieutenant Schmidt’s troops who were engaged in fighting on Ulica Stawki, while vehicles from Panzerjäger-Abteilung 743.

A PzKpfw IV Ausf H belonging to a kampfgruppe that was formed from 25. Panzer-Division and deployed from 14 September. On that date, the vehicle was attacked and destroyed by petrol bombs on Grochowska Street. On August 4, Tiger tanks were sent into battle in the city district of Ochota – conceivably for the purpose of opening Aleje Jerozolimskie from the west, but it has not been possible to establish their exact mission. It was, in any event, an irresponsible decision because two tanks were lost in the fighting.

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