Panzer Aufklarungs Abteilung 11

The 11th Aufklärungs-Abteilung in the 11th Panzer Division.


Aufklärungsabteilung ("reconnaissance detachment") was an Abteilung ( batallion))-size reconnaissance unit attached to a German division. 

The Aufklärungsabteilung was the eyes and ears of the parent division. During the first campaigns of the Second World War they included horse-mounted and bicycle troops in the infantry divisions; in the more mobile motorized infantry and panzer divisions they were equipped with motorcycle combinations (e.g.,BWM R75/Zundapp KS750), Kubelwagen and light armored cars

As with all German combat formations, the composition of the Aufklärungsabteilung varied from division to division, and from one period of the war to another. Panzer Aufklärungsabteilungen were attached to Panzer divisions, and were generally equipped with armoured vehicles, with all troops transported in half-tracks. 

The Abteilung had to be able to move quickly, and as its mission was reconnaissance, it was not intended to engage the enemy although these engagements did happen quite frequently.