Formation of the 13th (Heavy) Company

In May 1943 the 4th Company was redesignated as the 13th (Heavy) Company, SS Panzer Regiment Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, with its strength being raised slightly. The reserve tank that had been present in the previous 4th Company formation was reassigned, and with two further Tigers also being added took the strength of each of the three platoons to five vehicles each.

Along with the two command vehicles and the five Panzer IIIs of the 4th (Light) Platoon, the unit now consisted of seventeen tigers and five Panzer IIIs.

The 13th (Heavy) Company, 1. SS Pz. Rgt. LSSAH as at 05.07.1943

New turret numbers were also assigned in line with the unit designation change; the turret of each vehicle now carried a four-figure number, composed of ’13’ (the Company designation) followed by the platoon and individual vehicle numbers in slightly smaller characters.

The lead vehicle in each of the three Tiger platoons was assigned the number 1, which meant the lead vehicle of the 3rd Platoon – commanded by Michael Wittmann – was assigned the turret number 1331. The Tigers also sported a new two-tone tan and green summer camouflage. The Panzer IIIs of the 4th (Light) Platoon also carried four-figure turret numbers, but with the ’13’ being followed by ’00’ (lead vehicle), ’10’, ’20’, ’30’ and ’40’ respectively.

Order of Battle
Company Commander
Tiger 011301SS-Hauptsturmführer Heinz Kling
Company HQ Squad Leader
Tiger 011302-
Ist Platoon
Tiger 011311SS-Obersturmführer Waldemar Schütz
Tiger 011312SS-Unterscharführer Arthur Bernhard
Tiger 011313SS-Unterscharführer Otto Augst
Tiger 011314SS-Hauptscharführer Fritz Hartel
Tiger 011315SS-Unterscharführer Franz Enderl
IInd Platoon
Tiger 011321SS-Untersturmführer Helmut Wendorff
Tiger 011322SS-Unterscharführer Ewald Mölly
Tiger 011323SS-Scharführer Georg Lötzsch
Tiger 011324SS-Sturmmann Rolf Schamp
Tiger 011325SS-Unterscharführer Franz Staudegger
IIIrd Platoon
Tiger 011331SS-Untersturmführer Michael Wittmann
Tiger 011332SS-Oberscharführer Max Marten
Tiger 011333SS-Unterscharführer Hans Höld
Tiger 011334SS-Unterscharführer Jürgen Brandt
Tiger 011335SS-Unterscharführer Kurt Sowa
IVth (Light) Platoon
Pz. Kpfw. III1300SS-Unterscharführer Gustav Swiezy
Pz. Kpfw. III1310SS-Unterscharführer Heinz Werner
Pz. Kpfw. III1320SS-Unterscharführer Schwerin
Pz. Kpfw. III1330SS-Unterscharführer Hans Rosenberger
Pz. Kpfw. III1340SS-Unterscharführer Kurt Hühnerbein

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