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2nd Panzer Division History

For 20 years, we  have carried on the tradition of the
2. Panzerdivision. Formed in Austria and known as
the 'Wiener" (Vienna) Division, it was one of the elite
divisions of the German army. The only German division
to catch a glimpse of the onion domes of the Kremlin
 in 1941, and the division that advanced furthest during the
 Ardennes Offensive (Battle of the Bulge), 2. Panzer fought
with honor and integrity during the entire war.

 

Farewell Celebration in Kamenz, 1936.

Formed on March 15, 1935 as one of the original Panzer Divisions, the 2nd Panzer Grenadier Division initially included the 3rd and 4th Panzer Regiments and the 2nd Panzer Grenadier Regiment. In 1938 it was transferred to Vienna after the Annexation of Austria. By the start of the war, most of the men of the division were Austrians. The 2nd Panzer suffered heavily in Poland in 1939 and took part in the French Campaign in 1940, where it formed part of Guderian's XIX Motorized Corps. It was the first German troop formation to reach the coast when it captured Abbeyville in May, 1940.  2nd Panzer, after isolating the allied armies by reaching the coast, participated in the encirclement at Dunkirk.

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The father of the German tank force,

Colonel 'Fast Heinz' Guderian was the

first commander of 2.Panzer