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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

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)