The Sturmbrigade Reichsführer-SS was formed in February 1943 when the Begleitbataillon Reichsführer-SS was upgraded to a brigade.
In November 1943 III./Grenadier-Regiment 870 from the 356. Infanterie-Division was transferred to the brigade.
It was upgraded to a division and redesignated 16. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Reichsführer-SS in November 1943.

Commander

SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Gesele (23 Feb 1943 - ? 1943)

Holders of high awards

See 16. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division RFSS

Order of battle (February 1943)

Stabskompanie
3 x Schützen-Kompanie
MG-Kompanie
Panzerjäger-Kompanie
Infanterie-Geschütz-Kompanie
Sturmgeschütz-Batterie
Flak-Batterie (8,8 cm)
Flak-Batterie (2 cm)
(kl) Kw-Kolonne

Sources used

Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Josef Paul Puntigam - Vom Plattensee bis zur Mur
Truppenkameradenschaft (Editors) - Im gleichen Schritt und Tritt: Dokumentation der 16.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Reichsführer-SS"

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