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Těžká rota stíhačů tanků pozemního vojska 614 [1944-1945]

614th Heavy Army Tank Destroyer Company

schwere Heeres-Panzerjäger-Kompanie 614

Těžká rota stíhačů tanků pozemního vojska 614
Originální název:
Original Name:
schwere Heeres-Panzerjäger-Kompanie 614
Datum vzniku:
2. rota Těžkého oddílu stíhačů tanků 653
Datum zániku:
Nadřízené velitelství:
Higher Command:
15.12.1944-01.05.1945 4. tanková armáda

15.12.1944-DD.01.1945 Konnak, Bernhard (Hauptmann)
DD.01.1945-01.05.1945 Ritter, Ernst (Hauptmann)
15.12.1944-01.05.1945 Elefant Sd.Kfz.184
15.12.1944-01.05.1945 Bergepanzer Tiger (P)
jednotka Generálního štábu (Heerestruppe)
Georg TESSIN: Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939
Thomas Anderson: Stíhač tanků Ferdinand/Elefant
Karlheinz Munch: The Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653 in World War II
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During the retreat in Galicia during July 1944, Heavy Division of Tank Fighters 653 lost most of the Elephants. According to reports from August 1, the unit had only 12 machines, most of which required extensive repairs.

Because it was decided to rearm and rehearse the unit at Jagdtigers, the 1st and 3rd companies were deployed to the training area Fallingbostel and the remaining Elephants received the 2nd Company. It moved to Krakow, where the equipment was to be repaired. She received two more machines from Austria.

On September 19, 1944, the 2nd Company with 14 combat-capable machines was subordinated to 17. army with orders to build defensive positions between Krakow and Tarnov.

It was made available on December 15 for 4. Tank Army and renamed to Heavy Company of Ground Fighter Tanks 614.

In the second half of January 1945, during the Soviet Vistula-Oder operation, the company lost all the Elephants, most of them irretrievably, during the defensive battles in the area of Kielce; only four [ and one rescue Bergepanzer Tiger (P) ] were reported as serviceable in late January reports.

Other fates of the unit are an eloquent testimony to the agony of the Great German Empire in the early spring of the last war year.
On February 6, it was decided to move to Stahnsdorf, Germany for replenishment.
On February 20, an order was issued to arm 10 Elephants, or Jagdtigers.
On February 25, the company commander, now deployed west of Wünsdorf, states in a report that he has only 4 Elephants in need of repairs.
On April 22, 1945, it became part of the improvised combat group Kampfgruppe Ritter, defending the access roads to Zossen.

Then the company joined the futile defense of Berlin:
- one Elephant was left at Mittenwalde 30 km southeast of the capital due to a mechanical failure;
- another Elephant took up a firing position at Klein Köris at the junction at Löpten, where it was destroyed;
- The two remaining planes reached the center of Berlin and took part in the fighting on Karl-August-Platz and the Church of the Holy Trinity, on May 1 they were captured by the Red Army.

The company's support and supply personnel managed to escape from Berlin to Kiel, where he was captured by the British.

Thomas Anderson: Ferdinand/Elefant tank destroyer
Karlheinz Munch: The Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653 in World War II
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Těžká rota stíhačů tanků pozemního vojska 614 [1944-1945] - Elefant opuštěný jižně od Berlína v dubnu 1945

Elefant opuštěný jižně od Berlína v dubnu 1945
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