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18th Panzer Division (Wehrmacht)

German 18th Panzer Division
Unit insignia
Active 1940–43
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Wehrmacht
Branch Heer
Type Panzer
Role Armoured warfare
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Chemnitz
Engagements World War II
Walther Nehring

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  • Formation 1
    • Organization 1.1
  • Invasion of Russia 2
  • Further combat in the Soviet Union (1942–43) 3
  • Commanding officers 4
  • References 5


The 18th Panzer Division was formed on 26 October 1940 at 3rd Panzer Division.


18th Panzer Division:

  • Panzer-Regiment 18;
    An 18th PzDiv Panzer III in 1941
  • Pz.Gr.Rgt 52;
  • Pz.Gr.Rgt 101;
  • Artillerie-Regiment 88;
  • Pz. Aufklärungs-Abteilung 18 - Reconnaissance battalion;
  • Panzerjäger-Abteilung 88 - Tank destroyer battalion;
  • Pz. Pionier-Bataillon 98 - Combat engineer battalion;
  • Pz. Nachrichten-Abteilung 88 - Communications battalion;
  • Auxiliary unit number: 88

Invasion of Russia

The 18th Panzer Division first saw action during the German invasion of Russia, Operation Barbarossa, on 22 June 1941. When the 18th Panzer Division crossed the Bug River underwater on 22 June, with submersible tanks, it marked the firstrequire('Module:No globals')

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Further combat in the Soviet Union (1942–43)

In the summer of 1942, the 18th Panzer Division took part in the initial drive on Stalingrad, but was transferred to the central section of the front. The 18th Panzer Division took part in defensive battles around Oryol in 1942-43, and in anti-partisan operations in the spring of 1943. In the summer of 1943 the 18th Panzer Division fought in the Battle of Kursk, and suffered heavy losses. After Kursk the 18th Panzer-Division was disbanded and the division's personnel were used to build the 18th Artillery Division.

Commanding officers


  • Rosado, J. and Bishop, C. German Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, 1939-45. Amber Books Ltd., 2005
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