Recreating History

16th Armored Division

World War II

Activated: 15 July 1943.

Overseas: 5 February 1945

Campaigns: Central Europe.

Days of combat: 3.

Awards: DSC-2; SS-4; SM-1 ; BSM-135 ; AM-1.


Maj. Gen. Douglass T. Greene (July 1943-August 1944)
Brig. Gen. John L. Pierce (September 1944 to inactivation).

Returned to U.S.: 6 October 1945.

Inactivated: 15 October 1945.

Combat Chronicle

The 16th Armored Division arrived in France, 11 February 1945, and was attached to the Third Army. It was given a security and training mission at Nurnberg, Germany, beginning 28 April. One of its component units, the 23d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (mechanized), was relieved of security duty and attached to the 86th Division. While under the control of that organization, it crossed the Isar River at Granek, 30 April, advanced to Indorf, seizing several small villages, and was driving toward Wasserburg against slight resistance when ordered to return to Nurnberg. When the 23d Cavalry Squadron arrived at Nurnberg, 4 May, it reverted to the control of the 16th Armored. The Division proceeded to Waidhaus, Germany, 5 May and launched an attack on Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, on the neat day, winning that city against scattered and sporadic resistance. The 7th and 8th of May were spent in mopping up activities and patrolling. The capture of the famous beer and munitions city marked the deepest point of American penetration into Czechoslovakia.

Assignments in the ETO

29 January 1945: Fifteenth Army, 12th Army Group.
17 April 1945: Third Army, 12th Army Group.
6 May 1945: V Corps.


Shoulder patch: Same as the 1st Armored, but with the number “16” in the upper portion of the triangle. Association: 16th Armored Division Association, 2517 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D. C. (Mr. McArthur H. Manchester, secretary). Publication: Pictorial Review; by unit members; Albert Love Enterprises, Atlanta 2, Ga.; 1944.

16th Armored Division

Divisional troops


5th Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
16th Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
26th Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000


18th Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
64th Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
69th Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Other troops

Division Hq & Hq Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Battery, Division Artillery 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Division Trains 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command A (CCA) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command B (CCB) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command R (CCR) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
156th Armored Signal Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
216th Armored Engineer Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
23rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
137th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
216th Armored Medical Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Military Police Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Band 00.00.0000-00.00.0000


23rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron 86th Infantry Division 28.04.1945-03.05.1945
69th Armored Infantry Battalion (less B Company) Third Army 01.05.1945-03.05.1945
- B Company, 26th Tank Battalion Third Army 01.05.1945-03.05.1945
- 1 Platoon, C Company, 216th Armored Engineer Battalion Third Army 01.05.1945-03.05.1945


Sources & links:

US Army Center of Military History