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m The LXIX Army Corps (German language: LXIX. Armeekorps), initially known as the LXIX Reserve Corps (German: LXIX. Reservekorps), was an army corps of the German Wehrmacht during World War II. The corps was initially formed in July 1943.

History[]

The LXIX Reserve Corps was formed on 8 July 1943 for deployment in occupied Yugoslavia. It was deployed under the supervision of the German commander in Croatia (16 November 1942 to 24 August 1943: Rudolf Lüters), stationed in Banja Luka.[1] The initial commander of the LXIX Reserve Corps was the Ernst Dehner.[2]

The LXIX Reserve Corps was part of the 2nd Panzer Army under Army Group F between September 1943 and December 1944 and carried the name LXIX. Armeekorps after 20 January 1944.[1][3] Dehner was succeeded as corps commander by Julius Ringel on 1 April 1944, who was in turn replaced by Helge Auleb on 24 June 1944.[2] The corps then served in the reserves of Army Group F between January and March 1945 and then in the reserves of Army Group E until the end of the war in May 1945.[1]

Structure[]

Organizational chart of the LXIX (69th) Reserve Corps and the LXIX (69th) Army Corps of the German Wehrmacht, 1943 – 1945[1]
Year Date Commander[2] Subordinate units[3] Army Army Group Operational area
1943 5 September Ernst Dehner 173rd Infantry, 187th Infantry 2nd Panzer Army Army Group F Independent State of Croatia
4 October 1st Cossacks, 173rd Infantry, 187th Infantry
8 November
3 December 173rd Infantry, 187th Infantry, 367th Infantry, 23rd SS Nederland
1944 January Unknown
February
March
15 April Julius Ringel
17 May 1st Cossacks
17 June 1st Cossacks, 373rd Croatian Infantry
15 July Helge Auleb 1st Cossacks, 98th Infantry, 373rd Croatian Infantry
31 August 1st Cossacks
16 September
13 October
5 November
26 November
1945 January Unknown directly under army group
February
March
April Army Group E
May

Noteworthy individuals[]

  • Ernst Dehner, corps commander of LXIX Reserve Corps and LXIX Army Corps (15 July 1943 – 1 April 1944).[2]
  • Julius Ringel, corps commander of LXIX Army Corps (1 April 1944 – 24 June 1944).[2]
  • Helge Auleb, corps commander of LXIX Army Corps (24 June 1944 – 8 May 1945).[2]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tessin, Georg (1977). "Generalkommando LXIX. Reservekorps (röm. 69. RK) Generalkommando LXIX. Armeekorps (röm. 69. AK)" (in German). Die Landstreitkräfte 31-70. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945. 5. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag. pp. 285. ISBN 3764810971. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 MacLean, French L. (2014). Unknown Generals - German Corps Commanders In World War II. Pickle Partners Publishing. pp. 115–117. ISBN 9781782895220. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tessin, Georg (1977). "2. Panzer-Armee (Pz. AOK 2)" (in German). Die Landstreitkräfte 1-5. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945. 2. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag. pp. 89–93. ISBN 3764810971. 

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