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Introducing: The Panzer Lehr Regiment 130

The Panzer Lehr regiments were pooled together from experienced veterans, army training and demonstration units. These were soldiers that knew how to handle every aspect of their vehicles and had vast amounts of experience operating them.

We've already introduced the 24th Lancers for the British forces and how they will be used in our Tilly-Sur-Seulles campaign, but today we're going to explore the German tank 130th regiment and how they will be used for our German force participants.

 

The Panzer Lehr Regiment 130 was a very heavily armed tank regiment formed under the Panzer Lehr division. The 130th was one of the original regiments assigned to the Panzer Lehr division, having been a part of it since its' creation.

Whilst incredibly well armed, the 130th shouldn't be confused with the Heavy Panzer Regiments which were armed with the ferocious Panzer VI 'Tiger' tanks, instead the 130th had vast quantities of Panzer IV and Panzer V 'Panther' tanks. 

Panther IV and Panther V

 

As with armoured regiments in other panzer divisions, the 130th was made up of two tank battalions, each with different types of main battle tank. The first battalion was armed with the Panzer V 'Panther' tanks whilst the second used the Panzer IV tanks. Both battalions were structured with 4 tank platoons with each platoon have 5 tanks.

The Panzer Lehr regiment 130th was also equipped with Tigers and artillery but unfortunately none of the tigers were able to participate in time due to breaking down!
Panther IV Platoon

 

Panther V

 

As you can see this German regiment was a potent weapon, and as of D-Day, they possessed 89 Panzer V 'Panther' tanks and 99 Panzer IV tanks! For the first few battles, our players will utilise the Panzer IV, bolstering these tanks with additional elements such as the potent Jagdpanzer IV or Panzer V. 

Panther IV Tanks

 

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