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Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3 (3rd Reconnaissance Battalion): The battalion was formed from the oldest motorized formation of the Reichswehr, the 3. Preußische Kraftfahrabteilung Berlin-Lankwitz, which had once been commanded by Major Guderian. 19 That battalion was redesignated as Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3 and was moved to Berlin-Stahnsdorf. Major Schroetter then assumed command. His troop commanders were Hauptmann von Wietersheim,20 Hauptmann von Prittwitz und Gaffron, Hauptmann Freiherr von Lüttwitz, and Oberleutnant von Uslar-Gleichen.
Schweppenburg went on to command the XXIV. ), to which the division had a long-time association. General Ludwig Crüwell served as the regimental commander of Panzer-Regiment 6 from 1 February 1938 to 15 March 1939. Crüwell went on to command the 11. Panzer-Division and then the Deutsches Afrika-Korps. He became the commander in chief of Panzer-Armee Afrika but was shot down in a Fieseler Storch over British lines and captured in May 1942. General Walther K. Nehring served as the regimental commander of Panzer-Regiment 5 from 1 October 1937 until 30 June 1939.
Angern assumed acting command of the division in Russia, only to be badly wounded. His recovery lasted until September 1942, when he was sent back to the Eastern Front as the commander of the 16. Panzer-Division. He committed suicide rather than being taken captive by the Soviets. He received the Knight’s Cross on 5 August 1940. The two oldest garrisons in the division area. /Artillerie-Regiment 5. ) Rathenow was home to Pionier-Bataillon 39. ) Generalleutnant Fessmann, the first commander of the division (1935–37).
Armored Bears: Vol.1, The German 3rd Panzer Division in World War II by Veterans of the 3rd Panzer Division