Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 653

Commanded by:

Major Rudolf Grillenberger

3. Panzerjägerkompanie (Oberleutnant Franz Kretschmer)

There is evidence that four Jagdtigers of this unit were involved in the battle for Chaumont on December 23, 1944 (and were recalled after). Originally the battalion was to follow the Panzer Lehr on their march to Saint-Hubert. But delays and counterorders made them revert and move further south to participate in “Operation Nordwind”; December 31, 1944 – January 25, 1945 (Alsace/Lorraine area).