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15.Armee-Oberkommando

Unit Emblems


        

Campaigns


  • Occupation of France 1941-1944
  • Western Campaign 1944-1945

    History


    The 15. Armee was established on 15 January 1941 in France. Initially they serve as the security forces on the Channel Coast. They were destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket on 18 April 1945. The command was stationed in the west during the entire war and was in existence a total of 1,555 days.

    Organization


    Armee-Nachrichten-Regiment 509
    Kdr der Armee-Nachschubtruppen 590

    Commanders


    Curt Haase 1.15.1941
    Heinrich von Vietinghoff, gennant Scheel 12.1.1941
    Hans von Salmuth 8.8.1943
    Gustav-Adolf von Zangen 8.25.1944

    Calendar of Battles and Engagements



    Western Campaign Calendar of Battles and Engagements

    1.

     

    Security in Northern France and Belgium. [OKH Reeserve]

    1.15.1941

    4.30.1941

    106

    2.

     

    Security of the Channel Coast in Belgium and North France.

    5.1.1941

    8.16.1944

    1,204

    3.

     

    Fighting on the Seine, Somme and retreat to the Schelde.

    8.17.1944

    9.11.1944

    26

     

    a.

    Defense of Le Havre.

    8.17.1944

    9.12.1944

    27

     

    b.

    Defense of Boulogne.

    9.13.1944

    9.22.1944

    10

     

    c.

    Defense of Calais.

    9.23.1944

    10.1.1944

    8

     

    d.

    Defense of D√ľnkirchen.

    10.2.1944

    5.8.1945

    218

    4.

     

    Battle by Eindhoven.

    9.11.1944

    10.6.1944

    26

    5.

     

    Battle for the Schelde Delta.

    10.7.1944

    11.14.1944

    39

     

    a.

    Loss of Walchern.

    11.1.1944

    11.1.1944

    1

    6.

     

    Three Battles for Aachen.

    11.16.1944

    12.14.1944

    29

    7.

     

    Position Fighting on the Roer River.

    12.15.1944

    2.22.1945

    70

    8.

     

    Retreat Fighting Between the Roer and Rhein Rivers.

    2.23.1945

    3.7.1945

    13

    9.

     

    Position Fighting on the Rhein River  and in the Ruhr Pocket.

    3.8.1945

    4.17.1945

    41

    10.

     

    Capitulation in the Ruhr Pocket.

    4.18.1945

    4.18.1945

    1


    Bibliography


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    • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
    • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
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    • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
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    • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS..., Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
    • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
    • Die Deutsche Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Ihre Kommando. u. Grossverbände... im Zweiten Weltkrieg, author unknown
    • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown
    • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Suchdienst, Divisionsschicksale, author unknown

    • Reforging the Iron Cross, The Search for Tradition..., by Donald Abenheim
    • The German Infantry Handbook 1939-1945, by Alex Buchner
    • German Army Order of Battle: The Replacement Army 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
    • German Army Order of Battle: Field Army and Officer Corps 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
    • Hitler's Legions, by Samuel Mitcham
    • German Order of Battle World War II, Vol I, by George Nafziger
    • German Order of Battle 1944, author unknown