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Grouping to ROB Emil POTISCH who served in III./Panzerjaeger Rgt 656!   The III Abt. was Sturmpanzer Abt. 216 was equipped with Sturmpanzer IV ("Brummbär") and was formed in the summer of 1943. In June it was transferred to the Eastern Front where it remained until the end of the year as III./Panzerjäger-Regiment 656. Following the Allied landings in Anzio in January it was sent to Italy and it remained there until the end of the war. Comes with his Wound Badge in Black award document where he was wounded at THE BATTLE OF KURSK on July 17, 1943 !!!  Also comes with his Ostmedaille award document and his military discharge.
Sturmpanzer-Abteilung 216
The first unit to take the Sturmpanzer into battle was Sturmpanzer-Abteilung 216. It was formed at the end of April 1943 and transferred in early May to Amiens to train on its new assault guns. It was organized into 3 line companies, each with 14 vehicles, and a battalion headquarters with 3 vehicles. It arrived in Central Russia on 10 June 1943 to prepare for Unternehmen Zitadelle (Operation Citadel), the German attack on the Kursk salient. For this action it was temporarily assigned as the third battalion of schweres Panzerjäger Regiment 656 ("Heavy Anti-tank Regiment 656") under the command of the 9th Army of Army Group Center.
It remained in the Orel-Bryansk area until its transfer to the Dnepropetrovsk-Zaporozhe area at the end of August. Its vehicles were refitted there and it remained there until the Zaporozhe Bridgehead was abandoned on 15 October. The battalion retreated to Nikopol where it helped to defend the German salient there until it was withdrawn back to the Reich at the end of December.[7]
The Allied landing at Anzio on 22 January 1944 caused the battalion, fully independent once more, to be transferred there in early February with 28 vehicles to participate in the planned counterattack against the Allied beachhead, Unternehmen Fischfang. This failed in its objective, but the battalion remained in Italy for the rest of the war. The battalion still had 42 vehicles on hand when the Allies launched their Po Valley offensive in April 1945, but all were blown up to prevent capture or lost during the retreat before the war ended in May.[7]