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2nd Army (Wehrmacht)

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Active  1939–45
Type  Field army
Founded  1939
Country  Nazi Germany
Engagements  World War II
Branch  German Army
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The 2nd Army (German: 2. Armee Oberkommando) was a World War II field army.


Combat Chronicle

The 2nd Army was activated on 20 October 1939, with General Maximilian Reichsfreiherr von Weichs in command. First seeing service in France, the army was involved in the invasion of the Balkans, before offensive operations in Ukraine as part of Operation Barbarossa.

In 1942 the II. Armee covered the northern wing of opération Fall Blau operating in the surroundings of Voronezh and suffered a major defeat during the Soviet winter offensive that followed the battle of Stalingrad.

In 1945 the army was redisgnated AOK Ostpreußen and was pivotal in the defence of East and West Prussia before finally surrendering on 9 May 1945.


  • Colonel-General Fedor von Bock (26 August 1939 - 2 September 1939)
  • General der Kavallerie Maximilian von Weichs (20 October 1939 – 15 November 1941) (Generaloberst from 19 July 1940)
  • General der Panzertruppe Rudolf Schmidt (15 November 1941 - 15 January 1942)
  • General der Kavallerie Maximilian von Weichs (15 January 1942 - 15 July 1942)
  • General der Infanterie Hans von Salmuth (14 July 1942 – 3 February 1943) (->Generaloberst 1 Jan 1943)
  • General der Infanterie Walter Weiss (4 February 1943 – 9 March 1945) (-> Generaloberst 1 Feb 1944)
  • General der Panzertruppe Dietrich von Saucken (10 March 1945 – 7 April 1945)
  • References

    2nd Army (Wehrmacht) Wikipedia

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