Note 1: The divisional Jäger battalions had 3 companies of infantry, plus a heavy company with 6 120mm mortars and 6 Milans. They were composed primarily of reservists.
Note 2: Divisions also had (or were supposed to have) a Sicherungs (security) battalion, which may have been organized similarly to a truck-mounted Jäger bn.
Note 3: Panzer Auflklarungs Battaltions (divisional recon) were organized as follows:
Ausbildung (training company): 3 training platoons, 1 driving school section
In addition, the brigade Luchs platoons (8 each) are attached to the battalion in peacetime
Note 4: Reservists: each Brigade is made up of 20%-25% recruits in various stages of training. In wartime, they would be replaced by recently released reservists, and form a replacement (feldersatz?) battalion for the brigade.
Note 5: West German Equipment Holdings:
M113 Series: 2,560+ M113A1 (including variants), 220+ M577, 500+ Panzermorser 120 SP 120mm mortar, 154 artillery fire control vehicles, 320 Beobachtungs Panzer Artillery observation vehicles, 301 M548G with Skorpion Minenwerfer, large numbers of M113A1G APCs, some aircraft control vehicles, some armoured ambulances
Fuchs Series: 960 total, including: 110 with RASIT battlefield surveillance radar, 140 NBC recon vehicle, 134 command and communications vehicles, 220 PioneerPanzer, 220 supply vehicles, some Eloka EW vehicles, some HELAS EW vehicles
Tank Destroyers: 316 Jaguar-1 w/HOT, 162 Jaguar-2 w/TOW, 500+ Jagdpanzer Kanone (some in other roles)
6) VKK 116 – Heide
2. Northern Territorial Command - Hanover, FRG: A Corps command in wartime, assigned to NORTHAG.
a. II Home Defense Command (Wehrbereichskommando or WBK) - Hanover, FRG: Will assume a divisional designation in wartime.
1) 52nd Brigade - Lingen/Elm, FRG:
a) 521st Heavy Jager Battalion: 3 Infantry Companies in M113s
b) 522nd Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
c) 523rd Panzer Battalion -- Lingen: 41 M48A2G2, 4 M577, 12 M113
a) 831st Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
b) 832nd Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
c) 833rd Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
4) 93rd Regiment:
a) 931st Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
b) 932nd Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
c) 933rd Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
5) VBK 31 – Koeln
a) VKK 311 – Köln
b) VKK 312 – Bonn
c) VKK 313 – Düren
d) VKK 314 – Aachen
6) VBK 32 – Duesseldorf
a) VKK 321 – Düsseldorf
b) VKK 322 – Wesel
c) VKK 323 – Essen
d) VKK 324 – Wuppertal
7) VBK 33 – Muenster
a) VKK 331 – Münster
b) VKK 332 – Altahlen
c) VKK 333 – Rheine
d) VKK 334 – Borken
8) VBK 34 – Arnsberg
a) VKK 342 – Lippstadt
b) VKK 343 – Unna
c) VKK 344 – Hemer
d) VKK 345 – Siegen
9) VBK 35 – Detmold
a) VKK 352 – Minden
b) VKK 353 – Höxter
c) VKK 354 – Bielefeld
3. Southern Territorial Command - Heidelberg, FRG: A Corps command in wartime, assigned to CENTAG.
a. IV Home Defense Command (Wehrbereichskommando) - Mainz, FRG: Will assume a divisional designation in wartime.
1) 54th Brigade - Trier, FRG:
a) 541st Heavy Jager Battalion: 3 Infantry Companies in M113s
b) 542nd Jager Battalion: 3 Motorized Infantry Companies
c) 543rd Panzer Battalion -- Hermeskeil: 41 M48A2G2, 4 M577, 12 M113
c) 544th Panzer Battalion -- Hermeskeil: 41 M48A2G2, 4 M577, 12 M113
c) VKK 543 – Weingarten
c. VI Home Defense Command (Wehrbereichskommando) - Munich, FRG: Will assume a divisional designation in wartime.
1) 56th Brigade - Neuburg, FRG: NATO earmarked for the 1st Gebirgsjaeger Div.
a) 561st Panzer Grenadier Battalion – Munchen (Munich): 24 Marder, 6 PanzerMorser 120, 4 M577, 23 M113, 18 Milan
b) 562nd Panzer Grenadier Battalion -- Neuberg: 24 Marder, 6 PanzerMorser 120, 4 M577, 23 M113, 18 Milan
c) 563rd Panzer Battalion -- Landshut: 41 Leopard 1, 4 M577, 12 M113
Note 3: Each battalion of the Heimatschutz Regiments were meant to have four light infantry companies, plus a support unit with anti-tank weapons. Initially, they were equipped with (12?) 106mm Recoiless Rifles on light vehicles, but it was indended to give them Milans. Each regiment also had an 18-tube120mm mortar unit (don’t know if it was considered a company or battalion) as its artillery. There is some evidence some may have had 7 M48A2G2, M48A2, or Jagdpanzer Kanone in a battalion-level anti-tank platoon (HQ tank + 3 2-tank sections)
Note 3: VBKs are Verteidigungsbezirkskommandos (Defense District Commands) (Courtesy of TankNet’s BansheeOne, who dug through the German archives for this)
a) These area commands were usually led by a full colonel. Their job was talking to the civil authorities of the district (a purely administrative unit above county level in the German system of government with no legislative branch, by now abolished in several states) and NATO divisions in their area of responsibility. Missions include:
1) Lead, train and supply units of the Territorial Army in peacetime and mobilize them in wartime
2) Assess military security situation
3) Plan, build and maintain defensive barriers (mine installations, bridges fitted for demolition, etc.)
4) Protect AOR and specifically important military and civilian installations (depots, bridges, water and power stations etc.)
5) Supervise military medical care
6) Coordinate military aid in emergency and disaster situations
7) Support German forces through personnel replacement and supplies
8) Host Nation Support for allied forces
9) support civil defense
b) Each VBK typically controlled the following assets (in addition to supply, hospital and repair units):
1) Headquarters & HQ Company
2) Jaeger Battalion (may have been absorbed in Regiments)
3) Light engineering battalion
4) Several WallMeisterGruppen (units in charge of barriers and obstacles)
5) NBC defense organizations
6) Several VKKs – county-level defense commands
Note 4: VKKs are Verteidigungskreiskommandos (Defense County Commands) were usually led by a LTC.
a) VKK’s job was to talk to the civilian authorities of one large or several small counties/unincorporated cities, commanders of Bundeswehr installations and NATO brigades in their area of responsibility.
1) Secure defined objects in AOR
2) Support German and allied forces as well as civilian authorities in NBC defense
3) Damage control and repair of structures
4) Acquire information
5) Coordinate military and civil defense planning and military and civilian space requirements
6) Coordinate press and public affairs work of all military units in AOR
7) Participate in measures of psychological defense aimed at local population
8) Handle work of civilians for the military
9) KIA administration
b) Each VKK typically controlled the following assets:
1) Headquarters and HQ company
2) 3-5 Security (Sicherungs) companies
3) Several NBC defense units
Note 5: Border Guards
Federal Border Guard (Bundesgrenzschutz, BGS) (20,560)
(Thanks to Tank-Net’s BansheeOne for this writeup)
Though considered a federal police force subordinated to the Ministry of Interior and re-organized primarily for that role in 1976 (changing from military ranks to those of the civilian police among other things), the BGS retained combatant status and some military training until 1994 from its original mission as a para-military border force. However, only light infantry weapons were kept. As police authority is a state (that is, not federal) right in Germany, the BGS only supported the agencies of the various German Länder with personnel and materiel upon request in peacetime, but would have assumed police functions under federal authority in wartime. Several of its UH-1D and Bell 212, and all of its BO-105 helicopters also operate in Germany's extensive air rescue network with BGS pilots and civilian medical personnel as part of the Federal Civil Protection assets already used in peacetime.
During the 80s, the BGS was organized into two major branches: The Grenzschutzdirektion which oversaw eight Grenzschutzämter responsible for actual controls at border checkpoints, airports etc. (Grenzschutzeinzeldienst, individual border guard service) on one hand, and five Grenzschutzkommandos (GSKs) on the other. Each of GSK North, Center, South and Coast led a number of battalion-sized Abteilungen, which in turn consisted of four company-sized Hundertschaften (hundredships) each. A GSK also had one training and one technical (engineer; not in GSK Center) Abteilung, one signal and one signal training Hundertschaft as well as a helicopter squadron. GSK Coast had a technical Hundertschaft instead of an Abteilung and also was in command of Grenzschutzamt See, which led two patrol boat flotillas based in Cuxhaven und Neustadt in Holstein.
GSK West in Bonn was established in 1976 as a command for central services and security units. It comprised two Abteilungen tasked with guarding government installations in the capital besides a training and a signal Abteilung each. Also under GSK West were a technical Hundertschaft, the Grenzschutzfliegergruppe which also controlled the other GSKs' helicopter squadrons, and the GSG 9 special operations group. Its acronym refers back to when Grenzschutzgruppen were a command tier between the GSKs and Abteilungen, however it retained its trademark designation even after the BGS was finally renamed Bundespolizei (Federal Police) in 2005.
1. GrenzschutzDirektion (Border Guard Directorate)