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Army Group F

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Country  Nazi Germany
only commander  Maximilian von Weichs
Disbanded  25 March 1945
Active  12 August 1943 – 25 March 1945

Army Group F (German: 'Heeresgruppe F') was a strategic command formation of the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. The commander of Army Group F served also as the Oberbefehlshaber Südost (OB South East).

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Created 12 August 1943, at Bayreuth (WK XIII), it was primarily stationed in the Balkans. Its commander from August 1943 was Maximilian von Weichs promoted to Generalfeldmarschall on 1 February 1943, with Lieutenant General Hermann Foertsch serving as the Chief of Staff. Its primary participation in combat was in defending against possible Allied invasion in what was seen as Germany’s "weak underbelly", and fighting off local partisan groups that were gaining strength. In late 1944, it oversaw the German retreat from Greece and most of Yugoslavia in the wake of the Budapest Offensive.

The Army Group included for much of the war the 2nd Panzer Army in Yugoslavia and Albania, and the Army Group E in Greece.

Order of Battle November 1943

  • 2nd Panzer Army
  • Army Staff units
  • III SS Panzer Corps, SS-Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner
  • XV Mountain Corps, General of Infantry Ernst von Leyser
  • XXI Mountain Corps, General of Panzer troops Gustav Fehn
  • LXIX Corps, z.b.V. General of Infantry Helge Auleb
  • V SS Mountain Corps, General Lieutenant Artur Phleps
  • Army Group E
  • Army Group Staff units
  • XXII Mountain Corps, General of Mountain troops Hubert Lanz
  • LXVIII Army, General of Aviation Hellmuth Felmy
  • Troops of the commander of the fortress Crete
  • Bulgarian II (Aegean) Corps
  • Troops of the Militärbefehlshaber Südost General of Infantry Hans Felber
  • Order of Battle July 1944

    The subordinate units of the Army Group were predominantly the less capable "fortress" and reserve divisions, collaborationist foreign volunteer units such as the "Cossacks" and 392nd (Croatian) Infantry Division.

  • 2nd Panzer Army
  • Army Staff units
  • XV Mountain Corps, General of Infantry Ernst von Leyser
  • XXI Mountain Corps, General of Panzer troops Gustav Fehn
  • LXIX Corps z.b.V., General of Infantry Helge Auleb
  • V SS Mountain Corps, General Lieutenant Arthur Phleps
  • Army Group E
  • Army Group Staff units
  • XXII Mountain Corps, General of Mountain troops Hubert Lanz
  • LXVIII Army Corps, General of Aviation Hellmuth Felmy
  • Troops of the commander of the fortress Crete
  • Bulgarian II (Aegean) Corps
  • Troops of the Militärbefehlshaber Südost, General of Infantry Hans Felber
  • For the defence of Serbia, the Commander of Army Group F assembled Army Group Serbia on 26 September 1944. Army Group Serbia (German: Armee-Abteilung Serbien) commanded by General Hans Felber. Army Group Serbia was disbanded on 27 October 1944.

    Army Group F was disbanded 25 March 1945.

    References

    Army Group F Wikipedia


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