Pz.Grenadier is a German Infantry unit.
Overview[edit | edit source]
Coming into existence in 1942, after changes to motorized and Panzer divisions, the Panzer-Grenadier as a mixed infantry/motorized unit was born. By the time of the Normandy Campaign, there was no doubt these units, which were in either Pz. or PzG. divisions, were some of the best equipped and trained men that the Wehrmacht had at its disposal.
Unlike their American counterparts but similar to their British counterparts, only one Panzergrenadier battalion is usually mounted in Sd.Kfz. 251/1 while the other battalions are mounted in trucks. 2. Panzer has two Panzergrenadier Battalion mounted in Sd.Kfz. 251/1. 21. Panzer had two battalions mounted in U304(f). Panzer-Lehr has all of their Panzergrenadier Battalions equipped with Sd.Kfz. 251/1.
The two SS Panzer Divisions have two regiments of three battalions. One of the Battalions was mounted in Sd.Kfz. 251/1 while the other five were mounted in trucks.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Though the large squad size and heavy fire-power distinguishes this unit, it should not be used for close engagements. The Panzer-Grenadier is best used in 400-300m situations, and in conjunction with advancing armor. The panzerfaust, an excellent tool, should not be the only anti-tank asset on the field for any Panzer division. Thusly, the PzG squad is the ideal open terrain unit, out-gunning most Allied units at the 300m range. All this said, a lone squad is not going to be able to stop an enemy advance, so support, either in armor or infantry, must be close.