Panzergrenadier Platoon (Afrika)
These brave soldiers fight without the benefit of armour. Although they drive to the battlefield in their trucks, they fight on foot. Their usual role is to attack fortified defences to create a breakthrough for the Panzers, and to hold the ground they take with the Panzers as a counter-attack reserve. The Panzergrenadier Platoons of the Deutsches Afrikakorps were all mounted in trucks allowing them to keep up with the tanks in battle.
The Panzergrenadier companies are organised on a basis called ‘Few men, many weapons’. Each battalion formed four identical companies rather than three infantry companies and a heavy weapons company.
Each company had two or three Panzergrenadier Platoons and a mix of heavy and anti-tank platoons. As well as representing the platoons of the Panzergrenadiers in Africa, the GE743 pack can also be used to represent other units fighting in tropical uniforms such as the later infantry divisions in Tunisia, Sicily and southern Italy in 1943.