We Portray a Western Front Panzergrenadier Regiment, of the 116.Panzer Div. and participate in events in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern Regions of the United States. The main impression of 6.Kompanie is that of a Panzergrenadier circa 1944, all other impression support this impression.
Associate units include Nachtrichten Headquarters Group, Feldgendamerie, Panzerjaeger 3-man unit, and a medical unit. We have impressions for anyone, male or female.
We are a founding member of the Virginia-Carolina Military History Association, Inc. a Federal and North Carolina 501.c.3 nonprofit charitable corporation.
All unit members agree upon joining that they will try to appear as best they can as a German Landser circa March 1944. This means they will carry themselves in a manner and keep their hair, etc., in a proper German manner approved by STAB. All uniforms will conform to the basic German uniform of a Panzergrenadiere circa 1943-44.
Each new member will have 1 year to purchase a unit acceptable kit, to include a uniform, personal weapon, and combat gear as approved by the Unit Command Staff.
All members of 6.Kompanie will be eighteen years of age, this is only waived upon a vote of the Unit Command Staff for those applicants that are immediate family members of a unit member. All members are required to attend 4 events per year for membership: 2 Tactical events, and 1 Training, the 4th event may be any event member chooses.
Currently 6.Kompanie has members from North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland and Georgia.
WW II Wehrmacht Heritage
Gefrieter Rudolf Fraesdorf
Member of Unit Karl Fraesdorf's grandfather served with a Heer Kalverie Unit on the Eastern front in WW II. His German Heritage is a great asset to our Kompanie.
Mikes Uncles also served with the Wehrmacht in WW II.
Uncles Karl and Ludwig Fein
served with the Luftwaffe until his Unit had no more planes available, he was then sent to the Heer Unit IR 711, he served here until the Unit was taken as replacements by the 4.SS 'Police' Division in late 1944. He was wounded and sent to a military hospital in Poland. While there the facility was captured by the Russian Army and he was executed with all others there as they lay in their beds.
He served in the Kriegsmarines and was stationed in Holland throughout the war. He survived and went home when the war was over.
Campaigns: (Every major battle on the Western Front)
The 116.Panzer-Division was formed in Rheine, Wehrkreis VI (HQ in Münster, comprised of Westphalia and the Rhineland, later incorporating the lower part of Belgium) on 28 March 1944 from remnants of the 16.Panzergrenadier Division. In May, the division also absorbed the 179.(Reserve) Panzer Division, from Weimar, which had been deployed to the Laval area of western France in 1943.
Upon formation, the 116.Panzer was immediately sent to the Pas-de-Calais for an expected Allied amphibious invasion, and it was on the north bank of the Seine on 6 June, 1944. It was not sent to the front until later in July. Assigned to the 7.Armee, XLVII.Panzerkorps, part of Generalfeldmarschal Erwin Rommel's Armeegruppe "B", the division participated in Operation LÜTTICH, the German counteroffensive at Mortain, which resulted in the largest tank battle of the Normandy campaign. Commencing 6 August 1944, it was unable to halt the US Third Army in Brittany and was consequently encircled at Falaise, breaking out with tremendous losses when Hitler finally gave the order for a general withdrawal on 16 August 1944.
By 21 August 1944, the "Greyhound Division" was down to 600 men, 12 tanks and no artillery. It was the only German unit garrisoning Aachen on 13 September 1944 when the US 3rd Armored Division began its assault on the Westwall and by 22 September 1944, the US First Army's initial attempt to breach the German defenses had been thwarted. Shortly before the fighting began, the divisional commander, Generalleutnant Gerhard Graf von Schwerin-Krosigk, was relieved of his command by Hitler for ordering an unauthorized withdrawal from the city.
From late September through October, the 116.Panzer-Division was in Düsseldorf reforming and was refitted to a total strength of 11,500 men and 41 tanks. Returning to the Aachen area from reserve, assigned to Georg Keppler's I.SS-Panzer-Korps, the division made an unsuccessful attempt to stop the US XIX Corps on 10 October 1944 and subsequently withdrew before the city fell to the Allies on 21 October 1944.
In late October, the US 28th Infantry Division was holding Schmidt when Generalfeldmarschal Walter Model committed the 116.Panzer-Division to re-capturing the city. From 4 November to 8 November 1944 the division sustained a loss of only 15 tanks while successfully seizing Schmidt in what became known as the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. The 116.Panzer was then sent to Cologne later in the month.
Assigned to 5.Panzer-Armee, LVIII.Panzer-Korps, the 116.Panzer began preperations for Operation WACHT AM RHEIN, subsequently re-named AUTUMN MIST, on 16 December 1944 when it was sent to the Ardennes assembly area. Enroute, the Greyhound Division had participated in the fighting which resulted in the St. Vith salient. Sweeping past the city to the south, St. Vith fell to the 5.Panzer-Army on 23 December 1944, creating the "Bulge". It then spearheaded the southern prong of the Ardennes offensive, which became known as the Battle of the Bulge, in December 1944, again suffering heavy casualties, and was withdrawn to Kleve, along the border with Holland/Netherlands, in January 1945.
The First Canadian Army and British XXX Corps commenced Operation VERITABLE on 8 February 1945, facing the division as it defended the damaged Roer River Dams and by 3 March 1945, the US Ninth Army had linked up with the British and Canadians, trapping the 116.Panzer-Division inside the Wesel Pocket. On 5 March 1945, the division withdrew across the Rhine and detroyed the bridge behind it. Now part of the XLVII.Panzer-Korps, under General Blaskowitz's Armeegruppe "H", the division was ordered to halt the advance of the US 30th Infantry Division south of the Lippe River on 24 March 1945. Positioned near the Dutch-German border, the Greyhound Division's Panzergrenadier-Regiment 60 commenced its assualt the next day and by nightfall of 26 March 1945, the division had thwarted the US 30th Infantry Division's breakout attempts. By 28 March 1945, the division held Dorsten, but was outflanked when the British 6th Guards Armoured Brigade bypassed the city. By 4 April 1945, the division had been ordered to hold a new defense line facing north behind the Rhine-Herne Canal, in order to reinforce the north face of the Ruhr Valley. By 18 April 1945, all resistance in the Ruhr Pocket ceased, and the remnants of the division, along with their commanding officer, surrendured to the US Ninth Army.
Th final Incarnation of the division, Kampfgruppe von Bruehl, surrendered in the final days of the war after fighting to the end in the Harz Mountains.
Reference material on this unit
Heinz Günther Guderian - 'From Normandy to the Ruhr: With the 116th Panzer Division in WWII'
Fritz Memminger - 'Die Kriegsgeschichte der Windhund Division: 16. Infanterie Division (mot.), 16. Panzergrenadier Division, 116. Pz Division'
Kurt Wendt - 'Warum: Bildband der 116. Panzer 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'
Vehicles Known to be issued to 116th Panzer
The 116.panzer Monument in Germany:
A monument to all who faught in the battles of the Hurtgen Forest and World War II
|Schütze||Rifleman / non-combat private||Section|
| Panzerschütze||Tank Solider||"|
| Panzergrenadier||Armored Infantryman||"|
| Fahrer||Horse Driver||"|
| Kraftsfahrer||Motor Driver||"|
| Sanitätssoldat||Medical Soldier||"|
Chief Infantryman Mechanized
|Panzerobeschütz||Chief Tank Soldier||"|
|Oberpanzergrenadier||Chief Armored Infantryman||"|
|Oberkraftfahrer||Chief Motor Driver||"|
|Sanitätsobersoldat||Chief Medical Soldier||"|
Unteroffizier Ohne Portepee
Unteroffizier Mit Portepee
|Hauptfeldwebel||Battalion Sergeant or Spiess||Company|
|Stabsfeldwebel||Division Sergeant Major||Division|
|General der...||General of...||Corps/Army|
| General der Infanterie||General of Infantry||"|
| General der Artillerie||General of Artillery||"|
| General der Kavallerie||General of Cavalry||"|
| General der Panzertruppen||General of Armored Troops||"|
| General der Pioniere||General of Engineers||"|
| General der Gebirgstruppen||General of Mountain Troops||"|
|Generaloberst||Colonel General||Army/Army Gruppe|
|Generalfeldmarschall||General Field Marshall||Army Gruppe|