The 16. Panzergrenadier-Division was formed from 16. Infanterie-Division (mot) in November 1942. It suffered heavy losses on the southern sector of the Eastern Front and the surviving elements were used to reorganize into 116. Panzer-Division in March 1944.

Commanders

General der Panzertruppen Gerhard Graf von Schwerin (13 Nov 1942 - 20 May 1943)
Generalmajor Wilhelm Crisolli (20 May 1943 - 27 June 1943)
General der Panzertruppen Gerhard Graf von Schwerin (27 June 1943 - ? Jan 1944)
Oberst Günther von Manteuffel (10 Jan 1944 - 15 Mar 1944)
Generalmajor Karl Stingl (? Mar 1944 - 28 Mar 1944)

Area of operations

Eastern front, southern sector (Nov 1942 - Mar 1944)

Holders of high awards

(16. Infanterie–Division (mot) / 16. Panzergrenadier–Division)
Holders of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (12)
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (4)
- Fischer, Walter, 05.11.1943 (3090), Oberleutnant, Chef 3./Pz.Aufkl.Abt. 116
- Franke, Hans-Otto, 05.10.1942 (1233), Oberleutnant, Chef 3./Inf.Rgt. 156 (mot)
- Rotthaus, Otto, 05.01.1942 (631), Leutnant, Zugführer i. d. 4./Inf.Rgt. 60 (mot)
- Vial, Alexander, 05.10.1942 (1279), Oberst, Kdr. Inf.Rgt. 60 (mot)
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (113)
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (3)
- Hertzer, Ernst, 26.01.1943, Major, Nachr.Abt. (mot) 228
- Paal, Dr. Erwin, 21.04.1944, Stabsarzt d.R., San.Kp. 1/16
- Weber, Dr. Erich, 13.02.1943, Stabsarzt d.R., San.Kp. 2/16
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (15)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (32)
Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (1)
- Aufklärungs-Abteilung 341
-- Date/Place of Action: 20.-25.12.1941 bei Tim
-- Award Date: 01.03.1942 / Vorschlagsbuch (780)
Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (4)
- 1./Infanterie-Regiment (mot) 60
-- Date/Place of Downing: 22.09.1941 bei Lucy
-- Award Date: 16.10.1941 (6)
- 3./Infanterie-Regiment (mot) 60
-- Date/Place of Downing: 03.12.1941 bei Lissy-Kolodesi
-- Award Date: 16.05.1942 (70)
- 3./Infanterie-Regiment (mot) 156
-- Date/Place of Downing: 25.09.1942 bei Chalchuta
-- Award Date: 16.08.1943 (328)
- 2./Pionier-Bataillon (mot) 675 / 16. Pz.Gren.Div.
-- Date/Place of Downing: 05.09.1943 bei Wyssokij
-- Award Date: 01.11.1943 (433)

Order of battle

Staff
- Staff
- 16. Mapping Detachment (mot)
60. Panzergrenadier Regiment
- Staff
- Regimental Band
- Staff Company
--- Panzerjäger Platoon
--- Motorcycle Platoon
--- Signals Platoon
--- Pioneer Platoon
- 3 x Battalion
--- Staff
--- 3 x Company (mot)
--- Machine Gun Company (mot)
- Infantry Gun Company (mot)
- Flak Company (self-propelled)
156. Panzergrenadier Regiment
- Staff
- Regimental Band
- Staff Company
--- Panzerjäger Platoon
--- Motorcycle Platoon
--- Signals Platoon
--- Pioneer Platoon
- 3 x Battalion
--- Staff
--- 3 x Company (mot)
--- Machine Gun Company (mot)
- Infantry Gun Company (mot)
- Flak Company (self-propelled)
116. Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion
- Staff
- Light Armored Car Company
- 3 x Motorcycle Company
- Heavy Company (mot)
--- Pioneer Platoon
--- 2 x Panzerjäger Platoon
--- Light Infantry Gun Section
- Light Reconnaissance Supply Column
228. Panzerjäger Battalion
- 3 x Panzerjäger Company (self-propelled)
116. Panzer Battalion
- Staff
- Staff Battery
- Medium Panzer Company
- 2 x Light Panzer Company
- Panzer Maintenance Platoon
146. Artillery Regiment
- Staff
- Staff Battery (mot)
- 3 x Battalion
--- Staff
--- Staff Battery (mot)
--- 3 x Battery (mot)
281. Army Flak Battalion
- Staff
- Staff Battery
- 2 x Heavy Flak Battery
- Light Flak Battery
- Light Flak Supply Column
675. Pioneer Battalion
- Staff
- 3 x Company (mot)
- Light Pioneer Column (mot)
16. Signals Battalion
- Staff
- Telephone Company (mot)
- Radio Company (mot)
- Signals Column (mot)
Supply & Support Units

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Fritz Memminger - Die Kriegsgeschichte der Windhund Division: 16. Infanterie Division (mot.), 16. Panzergrenadier Division, 116. Pz Division
Kurt Wendt - Wir Für Alle: Die Ritterkreuzträger der Division, Die Ritterkreuz-Träger der 16. ID ( mot ), 16. Pz.Gren.Div u. 116. Pz.Div

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