16th Motorised Infantry Division is interesting for another reason - it was the only army formation to begin the war as an ordinary infantry division, continue as a motorised and then panzer-grenadier division and finish it as 116th Panzer Division.
That makes 16th Infantry Division even more remarkable, if it spawned not one but TWO panzer divisions!
As an aside, Rolf Stoves, in his History of the 1st Panzer Division, says that the staff of I/Pz. Rgt. 1 and cadres from the 3rd, 4th, and 6th companies were used to form the 16th (motorized) Infantry Division's Panzer Abteilung 116 in the early spring of 1942.
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