Panzer Division Kempf

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German Panzer Division Jüterbog
Active August – October 1939
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Panzer
Role Armoured warfare
Size Division
Engagements Polish Campaign
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Werner Kempf

The Panzer Division "Kempf" (German: Panzer-Division "Kempf"), also East Prussia Panzer Formation (de: Panzerverband Ostpreußen) was an ad hoc combined arms formation consisting of regular German Army personnel and SS. It was created for operations out of East Prussia during the Invasion of Poland in 1939. The formation was generally called Panzer Division "Kempf" after General der Panzertruppe Werner Kempf assumed command, though it was only about half the strength of the other Panzer Divisions of the time.

The SS components of the very division committed war crimes against the Jews (only in Polish, Massacre in Krasnosielc), September 6, 1939, and against the Polish soldiers, civilians, including Polish Jews, Massacre in Zakroczym, September 28, 1939.[citation needed]


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