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6.Armee-Oberkommando

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Campaigns


  • Westwall 1939
  • Western Campaign 1940
  • Occupation of France 1940-1941
  • Eastern Front 1941-1943
  • Destroyed at Stalingrad, reformed 1943
  • Eastern Front 1943-1945

    History


    The 6.Armee was established on 10 October 1939. It was stationed on the Western frontier near the area of Kleve as security forces from 10 October 1939 through 9 May 1940. They were involved in the Western Campaign from 10 may 1940 through 19 June 1940 in Belgium, Holland and then France. From 26 June 1940 they were stationed along the Demarcation Line in France until 2 July 1940 and then on the Canal Coast in Normandy until 15 April 1941. From the end of April 1941 through 21 June 1941 they were relocated to the Eastern Frontier in Galicia. The 6. Armee then fought in the East until surrendering at Stalingrad on 2 February 1943. The 6.Armee was in existence for 1,212 days and they fought on the Eastern front for 552 days entirely in the southern sectors.

    The 6.Armee was re-established on 6 March 1943 from Armeeabteilung Hollidt. They were in existence for 795 days all of which were on the Eastern Front and in the southern sectors.

    Organization


    Höherer Arko 310
    Korück 585
    Armee-Nachschubführer 541
    Armee-Nachrichten-Regiment 541

    after reformation

    Korück 593
    Armee-Nachschubführer 541
    Armee-Nachrichten-Regiment 549
    Höherer Arko 306

    Commanders


    Walter von Reichenau 10.10.1939
    Friedrich Paulus 12.30.1941

    after reformation

    Karl Adolf Hollidt 3.5.1943
    Maximilian de Angelis 4.8.1944
    Maximilian Fretter-Pico 7.17.1944
    Hermann Balck 12.23.1944

    Calendar of Battles and Engagements



    Western Campaign Calendar of Battles and Engagements

    1.

     

    Security of the Western Border in the Area of Kleve.

    10.10.1939

    5.9.1940

    213

    2.

     

    Battle by Maastricht.

    5.10.1940

    5.12.1940

    3

     

    a.

    Crossing the Maas River.

    5.10.1940

    5.10.1940

    1

     

    b.

    Breakthrough Over the Albert Canal in Western Maastricht.

    5.11.1940

    5.11.1940

    1

     

    c.

    Removal of Fort Eben Emael.

    5.11.1940

    5.11.1940

    1

    3.

     

    Pursuit Fighting in Eastern Belgium and Across the Albert Canal.

    5.11.1940

    5.13.1940

    3

    4.

     

    Encirclement of the City of Lüttich.

    5.13.1940

    5.13.1940

    1

    5.

     

    Panzer Battle by Hannut-Gembloux.

    5.12.1940

    5.16.1940

    5

    6.

     

    Crossing the Gette River.

    5.13.1940

    5.13.1940

    1

    7.

     

    Breakthrough to the Dyle Positions.

    5.15.1940

    5.17.1940

    3

    8.

     

    Pursuit Fighting Across Senette and Demdre.

    5.18.1940

    5.19.1940

    2

    9.

     

    Removal of Forts of Lüttich.

    5.13.1940

    5.28.1940

    16

    10.

     

    Removal of the Forts of Namur.

    5.16.1940

    5.19.1940

    4

    11.

     

    Battle over the Schelde.

    5.20.1940

    5.23.1940

    4

    12.

     

    Crossing of the Lys River.

    5.24.1940

    5.24.1940

    1

    13.

     

    Fighting in West Flanders and Over Lille.

    5.25.1940

    5.30.1940

    6

    14.

     

    Breakthrough Battle on the Somme and Oise Rivers.

    6.5.1940

    6.8.1940

    4

    15.

     

    Crossing of the Aisne River.

    6.8.1940

    6.8.1940

    1

    16.

     

    Pursuit Fighting across Oise and Ourcq.

    6.9.1940

    6.11.1940

    3

    17.

     

    Breakdown and Pursuit into the Paris Defensive positions.

    6.12.1940

    6.12.1940

    1

    18.

     

    Crossing Over the Marne River and Pursuit to the Seine River.

    6.12.1940

    6.15.1940

    4

    19.

     

    Crossing Over the Seine River and Pursuit to the Indre River.

    6.15.1940

    6.22.1940

    8

     

    a.

    Encirclement of Orléans.

    6.16.1940

    6.16.1940

    1

     

    b.

    Crossing Over the Loire River.

    6.17.1940

    6.19.1940

    3

    20.

     

    Security on the Demarcation Line.

    6.26.1940

    7.2.1940

    7

    21.

     

    Security on the Canal Coast in Normandy.

    7.3.1940

    4.17.1941

    289



    Eastern Campaign Calendar of Battles and Engagements

    1.

     

    Frontier Battles in Galicia-Volhynia.

    6.22.1941

    7.12.41

    21

     

    a]

    Frontier Battles Between the Bug and Styr.

    6.22.1943

    6.28.1941

    7

     

    b]

    Battles Between the Styr and the Stalin Line.

    6.23.1941

    7.12.1941

    20

    2.

     

    Breakthrough at Kiev and Advance to the Dnieper.

    7.2.1941

    7.25.1941

    24

     

    a]

    Breakthrough of the Stalin Line.

    7.2.1941

    7.25.1941

    24

     

    b]

    Battle at Cudnov-Berditchev.

    7.8.1941

    7.16.1941

    9

     

    c]

    Defensive Battle Near Zwiahel and Sokolov.

    7.11.1941

    7.14.1941

    4

    3.

     

    Fighting in the Area North of Zitomir.

    7.14.1941

    8.21.1941

    39

    4.

     

    Pursuit Fighting towards the Dnieper and attack across the Dnieper.

    7.25.1941

    10.5.1941

    43

     

    a]

    Pursuit Battles to the Dnieper.

    7.26.1941

    8.29.1941

    35

     

    b]

    Fighting in the Area of Boguslav-Cherkassy.

    8.8.1941

    8.22.1941

    15

    5.

     

    Battle near Kiev.

    8.21.1941

    9.27.1941

    38

     

    a]

    Fight Over the Gornostaipol-Ostjer Bridgehead.

    8.21.1941

    9.9.1941

    20

     

    b]

    Covering Fighting East of the Dnieper.

    9.4.1941

    9.16.1941

    13

     

    c]

    Fight for Kiev.

    9.13.1941

    9.19.1941

    7

     

    d]

    Battle in the Area east of Kiev.

    9.14.1941

    9.27.1941

    14

    6.

     

    Pursuit to the Donets.

    10.1.1941

    11.21.1941

    52

     

    a]

    Pursuit Fighting on the Psiol and the Vorskla.

    10.1.1941

    10.10.1941

    10

     

    b]

    Fighting Near Kharkov and Belgorod.

    10.17.1941

    10.25.1941

    9

    7.

     

    Fighting on the Upper Donets and on the Don-Ssemina.

    10.26.1941

    6.29.1942

    247

     

    a]

    Fighting Near Oboyan and Rshava.

    1.1.1942

    1.16.1942

    16

     

    b]

    Defensive Fighting North of Kharkov.

    1.17.1942

    5.11.1942

    115

    8.

     

    Spring Battle Near Kharkov.

    5.12.1942

    6.26.1942

    46

     

    a]

    Defensive Battle near Kharkov.

    5.12.1942

    5.21.1942

    10

     

    b]

    Kessel Battle Southwest of Kharkov.

    5.22.1942

    5.27.1942

    6

     

    c]

    Battle of Voltchansk.

    6.10.1942

    6.16.1942

    7

     

    d]

    Battle of Izyum-Kupiansk.

    6.22.1942

    6.26.1942

    5

    9.

     

    Eastern Offense in 1942 [Case Blue]

    6.28.1942

    11.18.1942

    144

     

    a]

    Breakthrough and Advance to the Central Don.

    6.30.1942

    7.25.1942

    26

     

    b]

    Fighting in the Area of Kalatsch-Ostrowsky-Kljetzkaya.

    7.26.1942

    8.22.1942

    28

     

    c]

    Assault on Stalingrad.

    8.17.1942

    11.18.1942

    94

    10.

     

    1942/1943 Winter Defensive Battles.

    11.19.1942

    2.13.1943

    87

     

    a]

    Defensive Fight for Stalingrad.

    11.19.1942

    11.21.1942

    3

     

    b]

    Defense of Fortress Stalingrad and Capitulation.

    11.22.1942

    2.2.1943

    73



    (reformed) Eastern Campaign Calendar of Battles and Engagements

    2.

     

    Position Fighting in the Zone of Heeresgruppe Sud..

    4.1.1943

    7.3.1943

    94

     

    a]

    Defensive Fighting in the Mius-Donez Positions.

    4.1.1943

    7.3.1943

    94

    3.

     

    Defensive Fighting on the Mius.

    7.4.1943

    8.2.1943

    30

    4.

     

    Defensive Battles on the Mius and on the Donets Bend.

    8.18.1943

    9.16.1943

    29

    5.

     

    Defensive Battles in Southern Russia and Retreat to the Dnieper.

    9.17.1943

    11.3.1943

    48

     

    a]

    Defensive battles on the Mius and on the Donets Bend.

    9.17.1943

    9.20.1943

    4

     

    b]

    Defensive Battle Southeast of Zaporozhe.

    9.21.1943

    10.8.1943

    18

     

    c]

    Defensive Battle in the Nogaizchen Steppe.

    10.9.1943

    11.3.1943

    26

    6.

     

    Defensive Fighting on the Lower Dnieper.

    11.4.1943

    12.31.1943

    58

     

    a]

    First Defensive Battle for the Nikopol Bridgehead.

    11.20.1943

    11.29.1943

    10

     

    b]

    Second Defensive Battle for the Nikopol Bridgehead and Northwest of Zaporozhe.

    12.19.1943

    12.25.1943

    7

    7.

     

    Defensive Fighting in the Southern Ukraine.

    1.1.1944

    5.12.1944

    133

     

    a]

    Position Fighting on the Lower Dnieper.

    1.1.1944

    3.9.1944

    69

     

    b]

    Defensive Battle for Krivoi Rog and Retreat From the Area of Nikopol.

    2.3.1944

    2.22.1944

    20

     

    c]

    Defensive fighting on the Dnieper and the Ingulez.

    2.23.1944

    3.6.1944

    13

     

    d]

    Defensive Battle North of Nikolayev and Withdrawal Fighting to the Bug.

    3.7.1944

    3.26.1944

    20

     

    e]

    Retreat Through Transnistrien to the Lower Dniester.

    4.15.1944

    5.12.1944

    28

     

    f]

    Defensive Fighting on the Lower Dniester.

    5.10.1944

    5.12.1944

    2

    8.

     

    Position Fighting in theZone of Heeresgruppe Südukraine.

    5.13.1944

    8.19.1944

    99

     

    a]

    Fighting West of Grigoriopol.

    5.14.1944

    5.22.1944

    9

     

    b]

    Assault North of Jassy.

    5.30.1944

    6.6.1944

    8

     

    c]

    Position Fighting on the Dniester.

    6.7.1944

    8.20.1944

    75

    9.

     

    Battle in Bessarabia [Smashing Kischinew]

    8.21.1944

    8.24.1944

    4

    10.

     

    Defensive Battle in Siebenbürgen [Klausenburg]

    8.25.1944

    9.27.1944

    34

    11.

     

    Fighting in Eastern Hungary, Tank Battle in Puszta.

    9.28.1944

    10.28.1944

    31

    12.

     

    Fighting Between the Thieß and the Donau.

    10.29.1944

    12.18.1944

    51

    13.

     

    Fighting Between the Lake Balaton and the Donau.

    12.19.1944

    3.5.1945

    77

     

    a]

    Defense of Budapest.

    12.24.1944

    2.12.1945

    51

    14.

     

    Tank Battle in the Hungarian Lowlands at Stuhlweißburg.

    3.6.1945

    3.23.1945

    18

    15.

     

    Defense and Rearguard Fighting South of the Donau to the Eastern Alps.

    3.24.1945

    5.8.1945

    46


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