Formed from portions of the 16.Infanterie-Division when in August, 1940, the
16.Infanterie-Division was split up, with other portions being used in the
formation of the 16.Infanterie-Division (mot).
After its initial training, the 16.Panzer was sent to Rumania for use as a training unit for the Rumanian Armed Forces, being code named "Lehrstab-R II" while still being under the control of the German Mission in Rumania.
The 16.Panzer was held in Reserve during the Balkan Campaign, but took part in the Invasion of the Soviet Union in June, 1941, being used in the southern sector of the Front, advancing to Stalingrad via Lvov, Pervomaisk, Zaporozhe, Taganrog, Makeevka and Artemorsk. 16.Panzer was destroyed in the Stalingrad Pocket in early 1943.
The 16.Panzer-Division was then reformed in March, 1943 in France. After reformation, the 16.Panzer was sent to Italy. The 16.Panzer was heavily engaged in the battles for Salerno after the Allied landings in that region, and then in the struggle for Naples.
The 16.Panzer was then transfered to the Eastern Front in November and December, 1943, arriving in Bobruisk on December 13th where it took part in defensive operations before seeing action in the massive counter-attacks for Kiev. These actions heavily weakened the 16.Panzer again, and it was forced to withdraw to the the Baranow area on the Vistula River.
During the summer of 1944, the 16th was pulled back into Poland where it was refit. It was then transfered back to the Baranow region in January, 1945. the 16th took part in defensive operations here until being pushed back to the areas of Lauban and Brno in March and April, 1945. Portions of the the 16.Panzer surrendered to the Soviets and others to the Americans.
Hans Valentin Hube
Dietrich von Muller