Additional Errata

Page 118: Alert reader Paul from the UK has provided additional information for the section concerning “Higher Commands,” specifically the Fallschirm-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 12 and 11.

Both your narrative and the organizational diagram describes this unit as having 5 companies, one of Panzerspähwagen and three of SPW’s, plus a supply company.

This has always struck me as an odd organization for an airborne corps, in so much that Fallschirmjäger (excepting the HG Division of course) were fundamentally infantry, whereas the reconnaissance battalion as described is effectively an armored one and issued armored vehicles. It does not not add up, even though the diagram is German WWII and shows that situation.

As it happens, I have had some recent correspondence with a gentleman, who has researched this formation quite deeply and his research has yielded an entirely different unit structure and one that makes more sense, particularly with regard to the infantry versus armor comments above.

The data are compiled from US Army POW interrogations of personnel who had been assigned to Fallschirm-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 12 and had been captured in Normandy, they stated that the battalion had the following organization:

  • Headquarters: 1x 6×6 Italian Armored Car, 3x Italian B4 tanks
  • 1st Company (Rifle): 2x VW Kübelwagen, 8x trucks, 3x half-tracks (SPW?)
  • 2nd Company (Rifle):As in the 1st Company
  • 3rd Company (Rifle):As in the 1st Company
  • 4th Company (Light Antiaircraft): 4x 2cm Flak (not verified)
  • 5th Company (Heavy Weapons): 1x 12cm mortar, 2x Pak 40, 12x trucks
  • 6th Company (Maintenance and Supply)

All company commanders are named in these reports, and it is also possible that the half-tracks mentioned might well be something like Kettenkräder for gun towing or something similar.

So, as you can see, there is no commonality between the diagram and your narrative that goes with it and these POW statements. As the airborne corps was essentially infantry, the POW descriptions make much more sense. Their poor levels of equipment do very much reflect units put together in 1944.

Errata Redux

An alert reader from the UK has found some additional errata in the book, all of which is annotated on the Errata page. The new additions are highlighted in maroon. For those who have already posted all of the other changes, here is what Paul has submitted:

Page 210: Alert reader Paul from the UK has provided additional information for several photographs. The Puma seen on this page is identified as belonging to the 1./Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 2 of the 2. Panzer-Division in Normandy.

Page 212: The Puma in the lower photo is identified as having been assigned to the Stabskompanie of SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 of the 1. SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.”

Page 262: Paul from the UK found another incorrect identification on this page. The vehicle identified as a Horch prime mover is actually a Krupp Protze.

Page 285: Paul from the UK points out that the Puma seen on this page has the turret number 041, which would place it with Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 20 of the 20. Panzer-Division, a  battalion also seen on Page 215.

Page 477: Paul from the UK identifies the trucks seen on this page as “ex-British Bedford 15 cwt MWD trucks, all in good order suggesting a Wehrmacht refurbishment after capture in France 1940, so very unlikely to be SS-Verfügungs-Division France 1940, more likely later in Russia.”

More Errata…

This errata is actually to an organization chart posted on the site and does not appear in the book. It is for the 1 April 1945 KStN 1162 f (fG), which was a mixed armored scout company consisting of Sd.Kfz. 234/1’s and 234/4’s, as well as a number of Sd.Kfz. 251 variants. The corrected chart can be seen on the errata page (very bottom of page) or the organizational chart page (again, very bottom of page).

Here is the chart in question:

1162f (1945): Armored Scout Company "F" (Mixed: Sd.Kfz 234 and Sd.Kfz. 251)

1162f (1945)
freie Gliederung:
Armored Scout Company “F”
(Mixed: Sd.Kfz 234 and Sd.Kfz. 251)


Update to Errata Page

We’ve received the first reader-provided input for the errata and addenda page:

Scouts_Out-Final_Draft-Author_Comments 291scouts-error-281  Page 281: Alert reader Chris from France—known as “Derka” on many militaria forums—noticed that the bottom image was inaccurately captioned, since it states that the enlisted scout in the image is wearing a 1st-pattern reed-green special-purpose uniform for armored vehicle crewmen. In fact, the scout in question is simply wearing a reed-green HBT field uniform, with the tunic bottom tucked into his trousers. Thanks, Chris!