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Army Group Center
Army Group Centre (German: Heeresgruppe Mitte) was the name of two distinct German strategic army groups that fought on the Eastern Front in World War II. The first Army Group Centre was created on 22 June 1941, as one of three German Army formations assigned to the invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa). On 25 January 1945, after it was encircled in the Königsberg
Königsberg
pocket, Army Group Centre was renamed Army Group North (Heeresgruppe Nord), and Army Group A (Heeresgruppe A) became Army Group Centre
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Nazi Germany
Coordinates: 52°31′N 13°24′E / 52.517°N 13.400°E / 52.517; 13.400 "Drittes Reich" redirects here
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Hermann Geyer
Hermann Geyer (7 July 1882 – 10 April 1946) was a German general during World War II
World War II
who commanded the IX Army Corps. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
of Nazi Germany. Geyer retired in 1943 and committed suicide in 1946. World War I[edit] On January 1, 1918, the German Army published a pamphlet written by Captain Hermann Geyer entitled The Attack in Position Warfare. The pamphlet described infantry infiltration tactics, the role of following supporting forces and the role of aviation. These tactics were used in the German 1918 Spring Offensive
Spring Offensive
or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle).[1] Awards and decorations[edit] Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
on 25 June 1940 as General der Infanterie and commander of IX
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VI Army Corps (Wehrmacht)
The VI Corps
Corps
(German: VI. Armeekorps, or VI.AK) was an infantry corps in the German Army. It fought in several notable actions during World War II. The corps was originally formed around the 6th Division of the Reichswehr
Reichswehr
in October 1934 in Münster.Contents1 Wartime service1.1 1940 1.2 1941, 19421.2.1 War crimes1.3 1943 1.4 1944 1.5 19452 Commanders 3 Footnotes 4 ReferencesWartime service[edit] 1940[edit] Organisation (June 1940): 15th and 205th Infantry Divisions Under the command of Otto-Wilhelm Förster, the Corps
Corps
took part in the Nazi Invasion of France, when it was part of the Twelfth Army of Army Group A
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Otto-Wilhelm Förster
Otto-Wilhelm Förster (16 March 1885 – 24 June 1966) was a general in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II
World War II
who commanded several corps. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Förster retired from active duty in January 1944. He was arrested by the Soviet authorities following the war. Convicted as a war criminal in Soviet Union, he was held until 1955. Awards and decorations[edit] Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
on 28 April 1943 as Generalleutnant and commander of 93. Infanterie-Division [1]References[edit] Citations[edit]^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 343.Bibliography[edit]Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]
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XXXIX Panzer Corps (Germany)
World War IIWestern FrontInvasion of France Battle of the BulgeEastern FrontBattle of Minsk Battle of Smolensk Cholm Rzhev salient Defence of Smolensk Orsha Mogilev Operation Bagration Operation Doppelkopf Courland pocket Gumbinnen Operation East Pomeranian Offensive KüstrinCommandersNotable commanders General Dietrich von SauckenThe XXXIX Panzer
Panzer
Corps
Corps
(German: XXXIX.Panzerkorps, also previously designated the XXXIX.Armeekorps (mot)) was a German panzer corps which saw action on the Western and Eastern Fronts during World War II.Contents1 Operational history 2 Commanders 3 Orders of battle 4 Notes 5 Footnotes 6 ReferencesOperational history[edit] The Corps
Corps
whose home station was formed (as the XXXIX Army Corps) in 1940 for the German invasion of France, in which it was part of Group Guderian, the 2nd and 1st Armies
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Rudolf Schmidt
Rudolf Schmidt
Rudolf Schmidt
(12 May 1886 – 7 April 1957) was a general in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II
World War II
who commanded the 2nd Panzer Army on the Eastern Front. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
with Oak Leaves.Contents1 Career 2 Awards 3 References3.1 Citations 3.2 BibliographyCareer[edit] Schmidt joined the German Imperial Army
German Imperial Army
in 1906 and served during World War I. He was retained in the Reichswehr
Reichswehr
where he served in staff roles. In October 1936 he was promoted to Generalmajor and appointed commander of the 1st Panzer Division. In 1939 Schmidt led the division in the invasion of Poland. On 1 February 1940 he was appointed commanding general of the XXXIX Panzer Corps
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Adolf-Friedrich Kuntzen
General Adolf-Fiedrich Kuntzen (26 July 1889 – 10 July 1964) was a German general in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
during World War II
World War II
who commanded the LXXXI Army-Corps under Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel
in Normandy
Normandy
in 1944. Awards[edit] Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
on 3 June 1940 as Generalleutnant and commander of 8. Panzer-Division[1]References[edit] Citations[edit]^ Scherzer 2007, p. 485.Bibliography[edit]Scherzer, Veit (2007)
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VII Army Corps (Wehrmacht)
World War IIInvasion of Poland Battle of France Operation Barbarossa Battle of Białystok–Minsk Battle of Smolensk (1941) Battle of Moscow Battle of Voronezh (1942) Battle of Kursk Battle of Kiev (1943) Lower Dnieper Offensive Cherkassy Pocket Jassy–Kishinev Offensive (August 1944)CommandersNotable commanders Walther von Reichenau Ernst-Eberhard HellVII Army Corps
Corps
(VII. Armeekorps) was a corps in the German Army during World War II
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Wilhelm Fahrmbacher
Wilhelm Fahrmbacher
Wilhelm Fahrmbacher
(19 September 1888 – 27 April 1970) was a general in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II
World War II
who commanded several corps. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Upon Germany's surrender in 1945, Fahrmbacher was interned in France until 1950. After his release he served as a military advisor in Egypt. Awards and decorations[edit] German Cross
German Cross
in Silver on 30 October 1943 as General der Artillerie in the Generalkommando XXV. Armeekorps[1] Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
on 24 June 1940 as Generalleutnant and commander of 5. Infanterie-Division[2]References[edit] Citations[edit]^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 540. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p
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IX Army Corps (Wehrmacht)
World War IIBattle of France Operation Barbarossa Battle of Białystok–Minsk Battle of Smolensk (1941) Battle of Moscow Operation Bagration Vitebsk–Orsha Offensive Polotsk Offensive Kaunas Offensive Gumbinnen Operation East Prussian Offensive Samland OffensiveCommandersNotable commanders Friedrich DollmannIX Army Corps
Corps
(IX. Armeekorps) was a corps in the German Army during World War II. It was formed on 1 October 1934 under the command of General Friedrich Dollman
Friedrich Dollman
in Kassel
Kassel
with the camouflage name of Kassel and redesignated XII Corps
Corps
after the creation of the Wehrkreis IX recruitment and training area. After the general mobilisation in August, 1939 XII Corps
Corps
were stationed near Worms
Worms
as 1st Army reserves
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Hans Felber
Hans-Gustav Felber (July 8, 1889 – March 8, 1962) was a general in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II. From 15 October 1939 Felber was the chief of staff of the 2nd Army, becoming chief of staff of the Army Group Centre in February 1940. On 25 October 1940 he was given the command of the XVIII Army Corps and in 1942 transferred to the XXXXV (later renumbered to LXXXIII) Army Corps. On 21 May 1942 an Army Group named Felber was formed under his leadership
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3rd Panzer Group
World War IIMoscow Velikiye Luki Memel BerlinXXXII CorpsXXXXVI Pz CorpsXXVII CorpsCI Corps402nd DivElements 12th Army6th Airborne Div8th Inf Div29th Inf Div82nd Airborne Div(1)65th Army2nd Shock Army3rd Guards Tank Corps49th Army70th Army3rd Guards Cav Corps19th Army5th Inf Div15th Inf Div11th Armd DivMecklenburg: Situation 2 May 1945 Red - Soviet forces, Orange - British forces, Green - U.S. forces, Grey - German forces Sources: Tieke - p. 447, Allied Situation Map, Ustinow - Map 158 (1) - U.S. 84th Infantry Division, Bold units are 3rd Panzer ArmyThe 3rd Panzer Army
3rd Panzer Army
(German: 3
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Gotthard Heinrici
World War IGerman invasion of Belgium First Battle of the Masurian Lakes Battle of Łódź Battle of VerdunWorld War IIBattle of France Operation BarbarossaBattle of Białystok–Minsk Battle of Smolensk (1941) Battle of MoscowBattle of the Orsha Operation Bagration Battle of the Dukla Pass Battle of BerlinBattle of the Seelow HeightsAwards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
with Oak Leaves and SwordsRelations Georg Heinrici (uncle) Gerd von Rundstedt
Gerd von Rundstedt
(cousin) Gotthard Heinrici
Gotthard Heinrici
(25 December 1886 – 10 December 1971)[1] was a German general during World War II
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Adolf Strauss (general)
World War IIInvasion of Poland Operation BarbarossaAwards Knight's Cross of the Iron CrossAdolf Strauß (6 September 1879 – 20 March 1973) was a general in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II. As with all German armies on the Eastern Front, Strauß's 9th Army implemented the criminal Commissar Order.[1] As commander of the II Army Corps, Strauß participated in the German Invasion of Poland. On 30 May 1940, he was appointed commander of the 9th Army in France. Strauß participated in Operation Barbarossa
Operation Barbarossa
with Army Group Centre
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VIII Army Corps (Wehrmacht)
World War IIInvasion of Poland Battle of France Operation Barbarossa Battle of Białystok–Minsk Battle of Smolensk (1941) Battle of Stalingrad Lublin–Brest Offensive Vistula–Oder Offensive Lower Silesian OffensiveCommandersNotable commanders Ernst Busch Gustav HöhneVIII Army Corps
Corps
(VIII. Armeekorps) was a corps in the German Army during World War II
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