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15.Armee-Oberkommando

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

German Bibliography


  • Die deutschen Infanterie-Divisonen, Band 1-3, by Werner Haupt
  • 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
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen... der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Band 1-4, by Schmitz/Thies
  • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • 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

English Bibliography (Available on Amazon)