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 18.Panzergrenadier-Division by Jason Pipes
Unit Emblems

              

Lineage

  • Wehrgauleitung Liegnitz
  • Infanterieführer III
  • 18.Infanterie-Division
  • 18.Infanterie-Division (mot)
  • 18.Panzergrenadier-Division

    Traditions


    Absorbed


    Mobilized


    Campaigns

  • Eastern Front 1943-1945

    Notable Points


    Fate


    History

    The 18.Panzergrenadier-Division was formed on June 23rd, 1943 from the 18.Infanterie-Divison (mot.).

    The 18.Panzergrenadier-Division was later destroyed in June of 1944 in fierce combat on the Eastern Front during the Soviet Summer Offensive against Armeegruppe Mitte. Some of the remains of the Division were sent to the 105.Panzer-Brigade.

    The Division was then reformed on September 7th, 1944 at Truppenübungsplatz Neuhammer as Kampfgruppe 18.Pzgren.Div. from Panzer-Brigade 105. Formation was never completed though, and Panzer-Brigade 105 remained independent.

    The Division was later reorganized in December of 1944 in Wehrkreis I from various ad-hoc units.

    As the end drew near the Division was disbanded in March of 1945 in the region of East Prussia. The Division Stab was reformed as Stab/Division Ulrich von Hutten on April 4th, 1945.

    The Division was reformed a final time on March 21st, 1945, in the region of the Vistula River, mainly from portions of Panzer-Divsion Holstein and Panzer-Division Schlesien.

    Organization

    1943
    Grenadier-Regiment (mot) 30
    Grenadier-Regiment (mot) 51
    Artillerie-Regiment (mot) 18
    Panzer-Abteilung 18
    Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 118
    Panzerjäger-Abteilung 18
    Pionier-Bataillon 18
    Nachrichten-Abteilung 18

    1944
    Panzergrenadier-Regiment 30
    Panzergrenadier-Regiment 51
    Artillerie-Regiment (mot) 18
    Panzer-Abteilung 118
    Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 118
    Heeres-Flak.Artillerie-Abteilung 300
    Panzerjäger-Abteilung 18
    Pionier-Bataillon 18
    Nachrichten-Abteilung 18

    Commanders


    Knights Cross Holders



    War Service

    Dates
    Korps
    Armee
    Armeegrupp
    Area
    8.43 Reserve - Mitte Jelnja
    9.43 XXXIX 4. Armee Mitte Jelnja
    10.43 - 1.44 XXVII 4. Armee Mitte Orscha
    2.44 - 6.44 XII 4. Armee Mitte Bobruisk
    7.44 ? ? ? ?
    9.44 - 10.44 (Kgr.) forming BdE Schlesien
    11.44 Reserve OKH
    12.44 - 1.45 forming 4. Armee Mitte East Prussia
    2.45 - 3.45 VI 4. Armee Nord East Prussia
    4.45 forming Weichsel North Germany

    Bibliography



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