916th Grenadier Regiment (Wehrmacht)
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Grenadier Regiment 916 was an infantry regiment of the Wehrmacht from 1943 until 1945.
Oberst i.G. Ernst Goth was the commander of Grenadier Regiment 916 (Gren Reg 916) from the beginning to the end around 29 July 1944 in the Saint-Lô area where the whole 352nd Infantry Division was deactivated.
Gren Reg 916 was split up in the Omaha Beach area and fought against the United States 29th and 1st infantry divisions on D-Day. The headquarters of the regiment was located in Trévières. The companies were close to several coastal villages: Vierville, St. Laurent, Colleville-sur-Mer, posted there as second line to counterattack the Allied forces once they landed.
Oberst (Colonel) Goth held the highest rank on the German side on D-Day and personally led counter-attacks to regain ground.
The 916th withdrew on 8 June from the Omaha Beach area and made the retreat to Saint-Lô. Fighting the US divisions with only rifles, machine guns and handgrenades. Very little supply reached the combatants. Soldiers of the Regiment can be found at the German war cemetery at La Cambe in Normandy.
The oldest reenactment group portraying Grenadier Regiment 916 today is known as GR916 in New England. This group has related units located throughout both the UK and the USA.
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