Medium tank T-34/85

Kommandoverband "Jaguar", 1944/1945

At the end of 1944 a special unit "Jaguar" was created, initially acting in the region of Krakow and had tasks the similar to tasks of 150 brigade used in the Ardennes.

Staff of this unit is unknown, but in its composition there was the so - called medium company, equipped with tanks T-34/76 and T-34/85. Unit receive their tanks from tank repair plant in Braunsberg (East Prussia, about 62 km from Koenigsberg, now is Kaliningrad, Russia). In this detachment was the Russian soldiers who were come over to the Germany side, and the German soldiers well knowing russian language.

In autumn of 1944 the personal has passed special training, according Red Army drill, charters and manuals, in area of small town Lamsdorf (Lamsdorf) in the Silesia (now Lambinowice, a southwest of Poland). Also in this city there was a camp war prisoners Stalag 344 (Stalag VIII-B), it is probable from among prisoners of this camp there was completiong of detachment.

At the end of 1944 Kommandoverband was moved in the composition of army group "South" and in the composition 6 TA SS participated in combat in the territory of Hungary during January 1945. During operation on 22 December 1944 to the west of the city of Sekeshfehervar, germans name of this city Stuhlweissenburg, the fighting group had in structure a 3 tanks T-34/85 and 37 mans (12 Germans, 18 Russian and 7 Hungarians) operated during 6 hours in territory occupied with the Soviet Army, and not uncovered..According with germans officers and soldiers memoires this unit had up to 14 tanks, including IS-2 heavy tank.

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)

(Picture from Frontline Illustration No12/2008 "Red Army tanks in wehrmacht")

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)

T-34 m.42/43 from Kommandoverband "Jaguar"

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)

Germans soldiers in soviet uniform from Kommandoverband "Jaguar" study MP-40 with silencer near T-34/85 m.44. Hungary, 1945.

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)

Germans soldiers in soviet uniform from Kommandoverband "Jaguar" around T-34/85 m.44. Hungary, 1945.

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)