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18.Panzergrenadier-Division

Unit Emblems


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Lineage


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

Campaigns


    • Eastern Front 1943-1945

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

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


  • Die deutschen Infanterie-Divisonen, Band 1-3, by Werner Haupt
  • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
  • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen... der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Band 1-4, by Schmitz/Thies
  • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS..., Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
  • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
  • Die Deutsche Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Ihre Kommando. u. Grossverbände... im Zweiten Weltkrieg, author unknown
  • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown
  • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Suchdienst, Divisionsschicksale, author unknown

  • Reforging the Iron Cross, The Search for Tradition..., by Donald Abenheim
  • The German Infantry Handbook 1939-1945, by Alex Buchner
  • German Army Order of Battle: The Replacement Army 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
  • German Army Order of Battle: Field Army and Officer Corps 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
  • Hitler's Legions, by Samuel Mitcham
  • German Order of Battle World War II, Vol I, by George Nafziger
  • German Order of Battle 1944, author unknown