11th Panzergrenadier Division (Bundeswehr)

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11th Panzergrenadier Division
11. Panzergrenadierdivision (Bundeswehr).svg
11th Panzergrenadier Division insignia
Active 1 May 1959 - 30 September 1994
Country Federal Republic of Germany
Role Mechanized infantry
Size Division
Part of German I Corps

The 11th Panzergrenadier Division (11. Panzergrenadierdivision) was a West German mechanized infantry formation. It was part of the I Corps of the Bundeswehr.[1] I Corps was part of NATO's Northern Army Group (NORTHAG), along with the I Belgian Corps, I British Corps, and the I Netherlands Corps. In the wake of military restructuring brought about by the end of the Cold War, the 11th Panzergrenadier Division was disbanded in 1994.

The division was constituted in May 1959 as part of the I Corps of the Bundeswehr. At that time, it commanded the 32nd Panzergrenadier and 33rd Panzer Brigades. In 1961, the 31st Panzergrenadier Brigade was also subordinated to the division. Division headquarters was quartered at Oldenburg.

The division provided assistance to civilians during the North Sea flood of 1962 and helped fight wildfires on the Luneberg Heath in summer 1975. In September 1990, elements of the division assisted with the removal of old U.S. chemical munitions during Operation Steel Box in particular paramedics from Leer (Ostfriesland) for a few weeks in Nordenham in use.. From November 1990 to July 1991, parts of the division provided security, maintenance, and transport in the ports of Emden and Nordenham for U.S. and British troops redeploying to the Gulf War. The 11th Panzergrenadier Division was disbanded in 1994.


Nr. Name Start of command End of command
12 Generalmajor Karsten Oltmanns 1992 1994
11 Generalmajor Hubertus Senff 1987 1992
10 Generalmajor Ernst Klaffus 1985 1987
9 Generalmajor Hans Hoster 1983 1985
8 Generalmajor Hans-Henning von Sandrart 1980 1983
7 Generalmajor Meinhard Glanz 1977 1980
6 Generalmajor Gottfried Ewert 1974 1977
5 Generalmajor Hans-Heinrich Klein 1970 1974
4 Generalmajor Werner Ebeling 1968 1970
3 Generalmajor Otto Uechtritz 1964 1968
2 Generalmajor Cord von Hobe 1961 1964
1 Generalmajor Heinrich Gaedcke 1959 1960


  1. Keegan, World Armies, p. 248
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