XVI Corps (German Empire)
The XVI. Armeekorps was a major formation of the German Army before the World War I
World War I
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World War I

The XVI Corps, which was a major formation of the Imperial German Army
German Army (German Empire)
The German Army was the name given the combined land forces of the German Empire, also known as the National Army , Imperial Army or Imperial German Army. The term "Deutsches Heer" is also used for the modern German Army, the land component of the German Bundeswehr...

, had its headquarters in the fortress of Metz
Fortifications of Metz
The Fortifications of Metz, a city in northeastern France, are extensive, due to the city's strategic position near the border of France and Germany. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the area was annexed by the newly created German Empire in 1871 by the Treaty of Frankfurt and became a...

. This formation fought at the beginning of World War I, with the 7th Army. The XVII Army corps based in Frankfurt-am-Main and the XXI Army corps based in Saarbrücken
Saarbrücken is the capital of the state of Saarland in Germany. The city is situated at the heart of a metropolitan area that borders on the west on Dillingen and to the north-east on Neunkirchen, where most of the people of the Saarland live....

 also belonged to this Army.


  • 33rd Division
    33rd Division (German Empire)
    The 33rd Division was a unit of the Prussian/German Army. It was formed on April 1, 1871 as the 30th Division and became the 33rd Division on April 1, 1890, and was headquartered in Metz . The division was subordinated in peacetime to the XVI Army Corps...

     (33. Division) in Metz
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  • 34th Division (34. Division) in Metz
  • 45th cavallery Brigade (45. Kavallerie Brigade) in Saarlouis
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  • 11th Machine gun unit (Maschinengewehr-Abteilung Nr. 11)
  • 8th Rhenish foot artillery regiment (Rheinisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr. 8)
  • 12th foot artillery regiment, 1st Royal Saxon (1. Königlich Sächsisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr. 12)
  • 16th Lorraine foot artillery regiment (Lothringisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr. 16)
    • 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Lorraine (1. Lothringisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 16)
    • 20th Pionier-Bataillon, 2nd Lorraine (2. Lothringisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 20)
  • 16th Lorraine Lorraine Train Battalion (Lothringisches Train-Bataillon Nr. 16)
  • 16th foot artillery regiment, 2nd Bavarian (2. Bayerisches Fußartillerieregiment, Nr.16) in Metz


Generalkommando in Metz:
  • (1891–1903) Graf von Haeseler, "General der Kavallerie"
  • (1904–1906) Stoetzer, "General der Infanterie"
  • (1907–1913) von Prittwitz und Gaffron, "General der Infanterie"
  • (1914–1915) von Mudra, "General der Infanterie"


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