14th Panzergrenadier Division (Bundeswehr)

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14th Panzergrenadier Division
14. Panzergrenadierdivision (Bundeswehr).svg
14th Panzergrenadier Division insignia
Active 3 Oct 1990 - 31 Dec 2008
Country Federal Republic of Germany
Role Mechanized infantry
Size Division
Part of Multinational Corps Northeast

The 14th Panzergrenadier Division (14. Panzergrenadierdivision) was a German mechanized infantry formation. It was part of the Multinational Corps Northeast, a NATO corps that includes German, Polish, and Danish troops. In the wake of military restructuring aimed at reducing the size of the German land forces, the 14th Panzergrenadier Division was disbanded in 2008. The division's formation was notable in that it was a Bundeswehr formation created after the reunification of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, and which was formed in part from soldiers who had served in the National People's Army (NVA) of the GDR.

In 1990-1991, troops from the former 1st and 8th Motor Rifle Divisions and the 9th Armored Division of the NVA were used to form the three brigades of the 14th Panzergrenadier Division. These brigades were numbered as the 40th and 41st Panzergrenadier Brigades and the 42nd Panzer Brigade. In 1997, the 42nd Panzer Brigade was subordinated to the 13th Panzergrenadier Division and the 18th Panzer Brigade was subordinated to the 14th Panzergrenadier Division. Division headquarters was located at Neubrandenburg.

The division was given the mission of supporting international operations as well as the standard national defense mission. International operations the division took part in include:

  • 1997/1998, 4th SFOR contingent in Bosnia.
  • 1999, 2nd German contingent for KFOR in Kosovo.
  • 2001, 3rd German contingent for SFOR and KFOR.
  • 2003/2004, parts of the division deployed to the Balkans and Afghanistan.
  • 2006, 13th German contingent for KFOR in Kosovo.

The division also provided support to civilians during the 2002 Elbe River flood.

Commanders[edit]

Nr. Name Start of command End of command
8 Brigadegeneral Peter Goebel 2006 2008
7 Generalmajor Bruno Kasdorf 2006 2006
6 Generalmajor Günter Weiler 2005 2006
5 Generalmajor Christian Trull 2002 2005
4 Generalmajor Wolfgang Korte 2001 2002
3 Generalmajor Friedrich Riechmann 1998 2001
2 Generalmajor Hans-Peter von Kirchbach 1993 1998
1 Generalmajor Ruprecht Haasler 1990 1994

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Coordinates: 53°32′33″N 13°16′42″E / 53.542373°N 13.278265°E / 53.542373; 13.278265