Annual Report 1941 – 21. Panzerdivision

Annual reports are well known from the corporate world.  Until I went through my files tonight I did not know that German divisions also had them.  They were a bit different though, no foreword by the Chief Exec, no glossy pictures, or endless business prose about the competitive position of the company.  In their case, a single page sufficed.  Below I give the info contained in the Appendices to the War Diary of the division. It covers the time of fighting in North Africa.

The whole list would be too long to reproduce here, so I just restrict myself to two units of the division:

Unit: Machinegun Battalion 8

Tanks and armoured vehicles

Destroyed: 16

Captured: 0

Motor Vehicles

Destroyed: 60

Captured: 45

Artillery pieces

Destroyed: 0

Captured: 0

POW: 200

Unit: Reconnaissance Battalion 3

Tanks and armoured vehicles

Destroyed: 29

Captured: 17

Motor Vehicles

Destroyed: 125

Captured: 0

Artillery pieces

Destroyed: 5

Captured: 7

POW: 500