15th Army (Wehrmacht)
German field army during World War II
|15. Armee (AOK 15)|
|Active||15 January 1941 - 17 April 1945|
|Disbanded||17 April 1945|
15th Army (Wehrmacht) Intro articles: 2
The 15th Army was activated on 15 January 1941, with General Curt Haase in command. First seeing service in France, the army was involved in the protection of the Channel coast from a possible Allied invasion.
It suffered defeat against the First Canadian Army in the Battle of the Scheldt during which the Army Headquarters at Dordrecht was subject to a mass attack by Hawker Typhoons of the Second Tactical Air Force on 24 October 1944. Two generals and 70 other staff officers were killed in the attack.
The British Second Army cleared the 15th Army from the Roer Triangle during Operation Blackcock, pushing it back over the Rur and Wurm rivers. It was involved in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest before finally surrendering along the Ruhr river in 1945.
Today, the former HQ of the 15th Army, in Tourcoing, which is just north of Lille in France, is a museum: Musée du 5 juin 1944 .
15th Army (Wehrmacht) History articles: 19
Sept. 1944 Order of Battle
- LXVII Corps, General der Infanterie Otto Sponheimer
- 64th Infantry Division - Generalleutnant Kurt Eberding - trapped and destroyed in Breskens Pocket
- 70th Static Division - Generalleutnant Wilhelm Daser - occupied South Beveland and Walcheren on the Scheldt
- 346th Infantry Division - Generalleutnant Erich Diestel
711th Static Division - Generalleutnant Josef Reichert
719th Coastal Division - Generalleutnant Karl Sievers - Transferred to 1st Fallschirmarmee September 4.
- LXXXVIII Corps, General der Infanterie Hans-Wolfgang Reinhard
59th Infantry Division - Generalleutnant Walter Poppe
- 85th Infantry Division - Generalleutnant Kurt Chill - later transferred to LXVII Korps
- 245th Infantry Division - Oberst Gerhard Kegler - later transferred to LXVII Korps
256th Infantry Division - Destroyed in Operation Bagration on Eastern Front, reconstituted Sept/Oct 1944 in Holland
712th Infantry Division - Generalleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Neumann
|No.||Commander||Took office||Left office|
|15 January 1941||30 November 1942|
Heinrich von Vietinghoff
|1 December 1942||7 August 1943|
Hans von Salmuth
|8 August 1943||24 August 1944|
|4||General der Infanterie|
Gustav-Adolf von Zangen
|25 August 1944||17 April 1945|
- Tessin, Georg (1970). Die Landstreifkräfte 15–30 [Ground forces 15 to 30]. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939-1945 (in German). 4. Osnabrück: Biblio.
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