The Schwere Panzer Abteilung 507 was formed in September 1943 around a cadre from 13. Panzer-Division.
It arrived at the front in March 1944 and fought the red army at Vitebk and Narev.
It was refitted with Tiger II (Köningstiger) tanks in February 1945 and surrendered to the Red Army at the end of the war after a failed attempt to reach the American troops.
The US 3rd Armored Division commander General Maurice Rose was killed on 31 March 1945 when he was captured by men from this unit as he withdrew his gun, it was been suggested that the killing was a war crime but likely the German soldiers misunderstood the gesture and assumed that he was not willing to surrender. It was been suggested that a large number of Waffen-SS soldiers (though the Germans involved were Heer and not Waffen-SS) were killed in retaliation by US forces but that has not been supported by any evidence.
Major Erich Schmidt (? Sep 1943 - ? Aug 1944)
Hauptmann Fritz Schöck (? Aug 1944 - 15 or 16 Jan 1945) (WIA)
Oberleutnant Maximilian Wirsching [Fhr.] (15 or 16 Jan 1945 - 19 Jan 1945)
Hauptmann Fritz Schöck (19 Jan 1945 - 8 May 1945)
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