The German Panzerzerstörer battalions were formed in the fall of 1943 around the new R.Pz.B.54 (panzerschreck) weapon. On September 8th 1943
OKH/GenStdH/Org.Abt. issued order Nr. I/3965/43 g.K. v.8.9.43, titled Equipment of the Troops with new anti-tank weapons ("Ofenrohr" und "Puppchen").
The orders indicated that 10 battalions were to be raised on the Eastern Front. Additionally orders (Nr.5270/43 g.Kdos) from
Chef H Rüst u.BdE/AHA/Ia (II) dated October 5th titled Creation of Tank Destroyer Units and Equipment of Infantry with R Pz B 54 specifically
mentioned the battalions to be raised. These would be designated Panzerzerstörerbataillon and were numbered from 470 to 479.
The battalion organization consisted of a Battalion Headquarter Staff, K.St.N. 119, and three Tank Destroyer Companies, K.St.N. 154. The total
number of men fielded by the battalion would be 9 officers, 1 civil servant, 53 NCO’s and 494 enlisted for a total of 557. The specific K.St.N.
are as follows:
We are providing two sets of documents below, these are the orders forming these units mentioned above as well as unit status reports for some of these units. Also available below
is the German manual on the R.Pz.B.54. All documents are available as a free download in PDF format.