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Kurt “Panzer” Meyer

Kurt “Panzer” Meyer

By Rich Hamilton

Sporting an Italian tailored camouflaged jacket, Kurt Meyer rode his motorbike through the Normandy campaign. As a mythical knight riding his charger into battle, Meyer was not one to lead his 25. SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment from the rear. His cavalier nature in combat became his hallmark that often led to bold if sometimes reckless actions.

Kurt Adolph Wilhelm Meyer joined the SS in October 1931 at the age of 21. He had been a policeman prior to joining the SS. He served with the Leibstandarte SS 'Adolph Hitler' Division beginning in 1934, and took part in the annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia. The nickname Panzer Meyer was earned while at the police academy after he fell off a roof while playing a prank on a classmate. He broke 18 bones in the accident and his classmates began calling him Panzer because they said he was as tough as a tank.

In a role totally unsuited for him, Meyer began the war commanding a static anti-tank company during the invasion of Poland. He often raced well out ahead of his unit looking to get into the action.  

By 1940 and the invasion of France, Meyer transferred to the reconnaissance regiment where he excelled. He earned the nickname Schnell Meyer for racing out ahead of the advance on his motorbike. He rode his motorbike as a scout all across Europe and into Russia. His dare devil nature always favoured using the motorbike for communicating with his troops.

While in Russia, Meyer developed his tactic of storming the enemy hard and fast. He used the shock of a relentless, speeding attack to his advantage. A proven commander, he was time and again decorated for bravery.

In the summer of 1943 Meyer was transferred to the newly formed 12. SS-Panzerdivision “Hitlerjugend”. As commander of 25. SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment he trained his men for battle. His superb job of preparing his men for battle bore fruit in their first combat on 7 June 1944 against the 3rd Canadian Division. In that first engagement his men destroyed 10 Canadian tanks and retook the town of Buron while losing ten Mark IV tanks.  

Right: Kurt “Panzer” Meyer on his motorcycle with passenger 12. SS-Panzerdivision commander SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Witt.

Kurt “Panzer” Meyer on his motorcycle with passenger Fritz Witt
Kurt “Panzer” Meyer

On 14 June the 12. SS-Panzerdivision lost its commanding officer to naval gunfire. Meyer took command at just 33 years of age and led the division in the defence of Caen. Here he held off several major offensives but by the 4 July the 12. SS-Panzerdivision was little more than a shell. Meyer still managed to lead the division through the unit’s escape out of the Falaise pocket with just 1500 men left.

On 6 September 1944, Meyer was captured by partisans and turned over to the American Army. The daring run of Panzer Meyer had ended. 

Kurt Meyer in Flames Of War

Kurt “Panzer” Meyer is a Higher Command SMG team mounted on a motorcycle team and my join any 12. SS-Panzergrenadierkompanie or
12. SS-Panzerkompanie for +90 points from Atlantik Wall. Meyer is rated Fearless Veteran. 

Recon Expert: Meyer served most of the war as a motorcycle scout. When mounted on his motorcycle Panzer Meyer is able to use all his reconnaissance skills.

Unless he has joined a platoon that is not a Reconnaissance Platoon, Kurt Meyer may Disengage as if he were a Recce team (page 194 of the rulebook) when mounted on his motorcycle.
Panzer Meyer may use the Eyes and Ears reconnaissance rule
(page 195 of the rulebook) to remove enemy platoons' Gone to Ground status.

With the boys: The dynamic and charismatic Meyer inspires his men by his mere presence.

Panzer Meyer, and any platoon he has joined, passes all platoon Motivation tests on a 2+.

Schnell Meyer: Meyer was the master of the fast shock attacks.

Panzer Meyer, and any platoon he has joined, passes Stormtroopers Skill tests on a 2+.

Kurt “Panzer” Meyer

Last Updated On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Wayne at Battlefront