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4.Armee-Oberkommando

Unit Emblems


4.Armee-Oberkommando Emblem  

Campaigns


  • Poland 1939
  • Western Campaign 1940
  • Eastern Front 1941-1945

History


The 4.Armee was established on 1 August 1939. It was involved in the invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 till 1 October 1939. The command was then moved to the Western front where it participated in the invasion of France on 10 May 1940. The command remained in France until 12 December 1940. From there they were moved to occupation forces in the General Government area in the east. On 22 June 1941 the command participated in the invasion of Russia and continued to fight on the Eastern front until 7 April 1945 when they were disbanded and used to form the 21.Armee.

Organization


Korück 580
Armee-Nachschubführer 581
Armee-Nachrichten-Regiment 589

later

Korück 559
Armee-Nachschubführer 571
Armee-Nachrichten-Regiment 589
Höherer Arko 302

Commanders


Günther von Kluge 8.1.1939
Ludwig Kübler 12.26.1941
Gotthard Heinrici 1.20.1942
Friedrich Hoßbach 7.18.1944
Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller 1.30.1945

Calendar of Battles and Engagements


Polish Campaign Calendar of Battles and Engagements
1. Battle over West Prussia. 9.1.1939 9.5.1939 5
a. Fighting to Brahe. 9.1.1939 9.2.1939 2
b. Battle in the Tucheler Heide. 9.2.1939 9.5.1939 4
2. Pursuit on Both Sides of the Weichsel River to Warsaw. 9.5.1939 9.12.1939 8
3. Pursuit in Eastern Poland 9.11.1939 9.21.1939 11
4. Fighting for Bialystok and Eastward. 9.15.1939 9.18.1939 4
5. Fighting for the Polish Coastal Fortifications. 9.1.1939 10.1.1939 31
a. Fighting for the Westernplatte. 9.1.1939 9.7.1939 7
b. Capture of Gdingen and the Oxhöfter Kämpe. 9.8.1939 9.19.1939 12
c. Capture of Hela. 9.8.1939 10.1.1939 24


Western Campaign Calendar of Battles and Engagements
1. Security on the Westwall in the Area of Aachen. 10.16.1939 5.9.1940 207
2. Breakthrough of the Southern Belgium Fortifications in the Ardennes. 5.10.1940 5.12.1940 3
3. Enforcement of the Maas Corridor. 5.13.1940 5.15.1940 3
4. Capture of the Forts at Lüttich. 5.13.1940 5.17.1940 5
5. Breakthrough Southern Belgium and the French Border Fortifications. 5.15.1940 5.18.1940 4
6. Capture of the Forts of Namur. 5.20.1940 5.24.1940 5
7. Break Through to the Sea, security of the Northern Flank and Formation of a Defensive Front on the Somme. 5.17.1940 5.23.1940 7
a. Encirclement of Fortress Maubeuge. 5.18.1940 5.22.1940 5
b. Fights for Mormalwald. 5.17.1940 5.22.1940 6
c. Fights for Cambrai. 5.19.1940 5.22.1940 4
d. Encirclement of Abbéville. 5.20.1940 5.20.1940 1
8. Fights for Arras. 5.20.1940 5.24.1940 5
9. Containment of the Enemy Forces in Flanders and Extension of the Breakthrough. 5.24.1940 5.26.1940 3
10. Fighting in Scarpe, Sensée and Schelde. 5.23.1940 5.26.1940 4
11. Conquest of Boulogne and Calais and Fighting Between Arras and St. Omer. 5.23.1940 5.26.1940 4
12. Defensive Fighting in the Somme. 5.24.1940 6.4.1940 12
13. Encirclement of Calais 5.26.1940 5.26.1940 1
14. Fighting by La Bassée and Lille. 5.24.1940 6.1.1940 9
15. Fighting in Hazebrouck, Cassel, Bailleul and Poperinghe. 5.27.1940 6.4.1940 9
16. Battle over Dünkirchen. 5.27.1940 6.4.1940 9
17. Breakthrough Battle at the Somme and Pursuit From the Somme. 6.5.1940 6.10.1940 6
18. Destruction Battles by Dieppe and St. Valéry and Occupation of Le Havre. 6.13.1940 6.13.1940 1
19. Battles on the Seine and Pursuit Fighting to the Loire. 6.9.1940 6.19.1940 11
20. Raids in Normandy and Capture of Cherbourg. 6.14.1940 6.19.1940 6
21. Raids in the Bretagne and Encirclement of Brest. 6.17.1940 6.22.1940 6
22. Fighting in the Loire and Pursuit to the Coast. 6.19.1940 6.23.1940 5
23. Occupation of Northwest France. 6.26.1940 9.12.1940 79


Eastern Campaign Calendar of Battles and Engagements
1. Double Battle near Bialystock and Minsk. 6.22.1941 7.10.1941 19
a] Breakthrough of the Frontier Positions. 6.22.1941 6.24.1941 3
b] Battle of Bialystock-Slonim. 6.24.1941 7.11.1941 18
c] Drive Aganist Svisloch and Over the Berezina. 6.25.1941 7.8.1941 14
d] Battles West of Minsk. 7.3.1941 7.7.1941 5
2. Battle to the Dnieper and the Duna. 7.4.1941 7.7.1941 4
3. Battle Near Smolensk. 7.8.1941 7.31.1941 24
4. Battle Near Roslavl. 8.1.1941 8.9.1941 9
5. Defensive Battle at Jelnya and Smolensk. 8.10.1941 10.1.1941 53
6. Double Battle Near Vyazma and Bryansk. 10.2.1941 10.13.1941 12
7. Advance Toward Moscow. 10.14.1941 12.3.1941 51
8. Defensive Battle Before Moscow. 12.4.1941 4.18.1942 135
9. Position Fighting in the Zone of Heeresgruppe Mitte. 4.19.1942 7.4.1943 442
a] Destruction of the Enemy Group Belov in the Rear Area. 5.24.1942 6.22.1942 30
b] Defensive Fighting North of Chisdra. 6.21.1942 7.19.1942 29
c] Attack and Defensive Battles in the Area South of Belev-Koselsk-Szuchinitschi. 8.11.1942 9.12.1942 33
d] Retreat to the Spas Demensk-Dorogobush-East of Velish Line. 3.1.1943 3.31.1943 31
10. Defensive Battles in the East in 1943. 7.5.1943 12.15.1943 164
a] Position Fighting West of Vyasma. 7.5.1943 8.6.1943 33
b] Defensive Battle in the Area of Kirov-Dorogobush. 8.6.1943 8.31.1943 26
c] Defensive Battle near Jelnya and Smolensk. 8.28.1943 10.10.1943 14
d] Defensive Battle Near Gorki. 10.12.1943 10.17.1943 6
e] 1 through 4 Defensive Battles West of Smolensk. 10.16.1943 12.4.1943 50
11. Defensive Fighting in White Russia. 12.16.1943 4.19.1944 126
a] Defensive Fighting Southeast of Vitebsk. 2.22.1944 3.28.1944 36
b] Fifth Defensive Battle West of Smolensk. 3.5.1944 3.10.1944 6
c] Defensive Battle South of Chaussy. 3.25.1944 3.31.1944 7
12. Position Fighting in the Zone of Heeresgruppe Mitte. 4.20.1944 6.21.1944 63
13. Defensive and Withdrawal Battles from the Russian Summer Offensive. 6.22.1944 7.12.1944 21
14. Fighting Between Njemen and the East Prussian Frontier. 7.13.1944 8.10.1944 29
15. Position Fighting on the East Prussian Frontier. 8.10.1944 10.15.1944 67
16. Battle in East Prussia for Schloßberg, Gumbinnen and Goldap. 10.16.1944 11.2.1944 18
17. Defensive Fighting in East Prussia. 11.2.1944 1.21.1945 81
18. Withdrawal Fighting in East Prussia. 1.22.1945 2.8.1945 18
a] Attack on Elbing to the West. 1.26.1945 2.2.1945 8
19. Fighting in the Heiligenbeil Kessel, for Königsberg and in Samland. 2.9.1945 4.7.1945 58

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)