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Having read through the link I cannot see any detail other than that this Abteilung served in Italy and was then transferred up to Western Europe to participate in the Ardennes offensive of winter 1944. I have not ever come across a detailed unit history for this unit, not saying one doesn't exist, just I haven't seen one. With regards to the vendor, I have bought photos etc from him in the past, but I must say these all seem very expensive considering the lack of armour in each picture he is selling. For 34Euros I would expect at least a glimpse of a StuG or a Pzr IV.
When I saw the prices that these things were going for I am glad that I do not collect them. I would have nothing left to spend on badges, flashes and identity discs!

I was just interested in trying to piece together some of what was going on in the area south of Rome in the first half of 1944.
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The translator is confusing me, I'm also getting confused between the various "Abtelung 115" designations, panzer, recce etc.
There is a Facebook page for a group of re-enactors "Panzer Abteilung 115 / 3 Kompanie" which includes photos of Stug III's:

https://m.facebook.com/pages/categor...1284871820005/

A couple of WAF threads:

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=891022

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...&highlight=115

And another thread........

https://miles.forumcommunity.net/m/?t=59004017


I still have a collection of WWII wehrpas and soldbuch although I haven't added to it for years and a few of the Stackpoles Military History series books on Orbats.
From "Stackpoles" German Order of Battle Volume 3, by Samuel W Mitchum Jr:

15th Panzer Grenadier Division.

Home Station Landau, Wehrkreis XIII.
Formed in Sicily as Command Colonel Baade in May 1943 from the remnants of the 15th Panzer Division which escaped destruction in Tunisia and other units from the Russian Front.
Division renamed Division Sizilian on 14 May 1943" designated 15th Panzer Grenadier on 1 July.
Although not completely trained or equipped fought in Sicily with considerable skill. Highly praised by commander of XIV Panzer Corps for conduct at Salerno in September 1943.
October 1943 - March 1944 fought in Casino area before placed in reserve.
Took part in retreat from Rome and withdrawal from Gothic Line.
Sent to southern France in September 1944, split up and scattered in 1st Army's makeshift effort to slow Allied advance.
Pulled out of line October 1944 after more than a year of more or less continuous action and rebuilt under direction of XXXXVII Panzer Corps.
By 1st November 1944 had strength of 13000 men and only 7 tanks although it had absorbed the remnants of 113 Panzer Brigade.
Had about 30 assault guns.
November 1944 fought in the Battle of the Peel Marshes and in Siegfried Line battles around Aachen and Geilenkirchen.
In December 1944 took part in the Siege of Bastogne.
After that defeat retreated to Kleve area and was involved in Battle of Mass Line in the Netherlands in February 1945.
Unable to stop British-Canadian break through, survivors retreated across the lower Rhine, the EMS and the Wiser and were retreating across north-northeast Germany when the war ended.
Surrendered to British near Lamstedt on 5th May 1945.
Very many thanks for taking the trouble to post so much detailed information Leigh. I have found what I have looked at so far very interesting.

I believe that I have also found the answer to my original query. From this
"October 1943 - March 1944 fought in Casino area before placed in reserve" it seems that the unit was "in reserve" when the postcards that caught my eye were posted.
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You'd think for the price he's asking the seller would provide a bit more info.
I hate to think what he charges for his "Erotik" photos.
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