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6th Panzer Division - Sources

  1. Panzer Operations, Raus
  2. Panzers on the Eastern Front, Tsouras
  3. The Initial Period of War on the Eastern Front, Glantz
  4. Barbarossa 1941, Glantz
  5. When Titans Clashed, Glantz/House
  6. Panzers on the Eastern Front, Tsouras
  7. The 6th Panzer Division 1937-45, Ritgen
  8. Panzer Aces, Kurowski
  9. Panzer Truppen 1, Jentz
  10. Panzer Truppen 2, Jentz
  11. Tigers in Combat 1, Schneider
  12. Tigers in Combat 2, Schneider
  13. Barbarossa to Berlin 1, Taylor
  14. Barbarossa to Berlin 2, Taylor
  15. The Road to Stalingrad, Erickson
  16. The Road to Berlin, Erickson
  17. Army Group North: Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-45, Haupt
  18. The Battle for Leningrad 1941-1944, Glantz
  19. After Stalingrad, Glantz
  20. German Battle Tactics on the Russian Front 1941-45, Newton
  21. War Without Garlands, Kershaw
  22. Military Improvisations During the Russian Campaign
  23. Operation Barbarossa 1941: Army Group North, Kirchubel
  24. Operation Barbarossa 1941: Army Group Centre, Kirchubel
  25. Moscow 1941, Forczyk
  26. German Mechanised Army Divisions 22.06.41, Niehorster
  27. German Mechanised Army Divisions 28.06.42, Niehorster
  28. German Mechanised Army Divisions 04.07.43, Niehorster
  29. The German Order of Battle: Panzers and Artillery in World War Two, Nafziger
  30. Soviet Order of Battle World War II Volume I, Sharp
  31. Soviet Order of Battle World War II Volume II, Sharp
  32. Red Army Handbook, Zaloga
  33. Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two, Zaloga/Grandsen
  34. German Panzers in World War II, Bishop
  35. Die 6. Panzer-Division 1937-1945, Scheibert
  36. Beyond Stalingrad, Sadarananda
  37. The Battle of Kursk, Glantz/House
  38. Ostkrieg, Fritz
  39. The Drive on Moscow 1941, Zetterling/Frankson
Panzer Operations, Raus Panzers on the Eastern Front, Tsouras The Initial Period of War on the Eastern Front, Glantz When Titans Clashed, Glantz/House Barbarossa 1941, Glantz Panzers on the Eastern Front, Raus The 6th Panzer Division 1937-45, Ritgen Panzer Aces, Kurowski
Panzer Truppen 1, Jentz Panzer Truppen 2, Jentz Tigers in Combat 1, Schneider Tigers in Combat 2, Schneider Barbarossa to Berlin Volume 1, Taylor Barbarossa to Berlin Volume 2, Taylor The Road to Stalingrad, Erickson The Road to Berlin, Erickson
Army Group North: Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-45, Haupt The Battle for Leningrad 1941-1944, Glantz After Stalingrad, Glantz German Battle Tactics on the Russian Front 1941-45, Newton War Without Garlands, Kershaw Military Improvisations During the Russian Campaign Operation Barbarossa 1941: Army Group North, Kirchubel Operation Barbarossa 1941: Army Group Centre, Kirchubel
Moscow 1941, Forczyk German Mechanised Army Divisions 22.06.41, Niehorster German Mechanised Army Divisions 28.06.42, Niehorster German Mechanised Army Divisions 04.07.43, Niehorster The German Order of Battle: Panzers and Artillery in World War Two, Nafziger Soviet Order of Battle World War II Volume I, Sharp Soviet Order of Battle World War II Volume II, Sharp Red Army Handbook, Zaloga
Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two, Zaloga/Grandsen German Panzers in World War II, Bishop Die 6. Panzer-Division 1937-1945, Scheibert Beyond Stalingrad, Sadarananda The Battle of Kursk, Glantz/House Ostkrieg, Fritz The Drive on Moscow 1941, Zetterling/Frankson  

Sources vary widely, often contradicting one another, which makes researching the progress of the division, particularly the composition of the units involved, very tedious work. Often it is a case of trusting one source over another, but again, there is no rule of thumb - an author can be accurate on one point, but way off the mark on another. I have even found the same author contradicting themselves, usually in two different books. This may be down to an earlier work being improved in a later work as the result of further research, particularly in the case of the Soviet side of events, where records were unavailable before the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Unit organisation is the most difficult to track down. More often than not, the data is just not available. It then becomes a case of finding the total number of weapons in a unit, then allocating them to the sub-units based on theoretical Tables of Organisation and Equipment (TO&E). This is pure guesswork as units will be under-strength, but it is much easier to assume they are all at full-strength and reduce the number of units, e.g.: a Soviet heavy tank company is composed of three platoons, each of three tanks and one in the company HQ, but if there are only 7 tanks available, the number of platoons is reduced to two. This is adequate for wargaming the battles as the total number of weapons involved will be taken into account, rather than the total number of tactical units.

 
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