6th Panzergrenadier Division (Bundeswehr)
|6th Panzergrenadier Division|
6th Panzergrenadier Division insignia
|Active||1 Nov 1958 - 30 Sep 1997|
|Part of||LANDJUT (Hostilities)|
The 6th Panzergrenadier Division (6. Panzergrenadierdivision) was a West German mechanized infantry formation. It was part of the I Corps of the Bundeswehr during peacetime, but fell under Allied Land Forces Schleswig-Holstein and Jutland Command in case of war. In the wake of military restructuring brought about by the end of the Cold War, the 6th Panzergrenadier Division was disbanded in 1994, although a military readiness command incorporated the division's name until 1997.
The then-named 6th Grenadier Division was constituted in November 1958 as part of the I Corps of the Bundeswehr. Initially, the division was organized with two brigade-sized battle-groups, "A6" and "B6". In 1959, these units were renamed and a third brigade was added, with the brigades being the 16 and 17th Panzergrenadier Brigades and the 18th Panzer Brigade. At this time, the division was retitled the 6th Panzergrenadier Division. Division headquarters was located at Neumünster.
The division provided assistance to civilians during floods in 1962 and 1976, and also fought forest and moor fires in 1959.
The division was given the strategic mission of defending Schleswig-Holstein had a Soviet attack against Germany taken place during the Cold War. In such an event, the division would have been subordinated to NATO's AFNORTH command. With the end of the Cold War, the German Army restructured and the 6th Panzergrenadier Division was disbanded in 1994.
|Nr.||Name||Start of command||End of command|
|12||Generalmajor Jürgen von Falkenhayn||1990||1995|
|11||Generalmajor Klaus-Christoph Steinkopff||1986||1990|
|10||Generalmajor Wolfgang Malecha||1984||1986|
|9||Generalmajor Dieter Clauß||1983||1984|
|8||Generalmajor Konrad Manthey||1979||1983|
|7||Generalmajor Hans-Joachim Mack||1978||1979|
|6||Generalmajor Johannes Poeppel||1973||1978|
|5||Generalmajor Franz-Joseph Schulze||1970||1973|
|4||Generalmajor Karl Schnell||1968||1970|
|3||Generalmajor Gerd Niepold||1965||1968|
|2||Generalmajor Werner Haag||1962||1965|
|1||Generalmajor Peter von der Groeben||1958||1962|
- Keegan, World Armies, p. 248