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The LXXIV Army Corps (German language: LXXIV. Armeekorps) was an army corps of the German Wehrmacht during World War II.

History

The LXXIV Army Corps was formed on 26 July 1943 as a static army corps under the authority of Oberbefehlshaber West (Army Group D) in Hanover in Wehrkreis XI. It was subordinate to the 7th Army from July 1943 to June 1944 and subsequently joined, at times, the 5th Panzer Army and the 15th Army.[1] The initial commander of the LXXIV Army Corps was Erich Straube.[2]

On 16 December 1944, Straube was succeeded as corps commander by Carl Püchler.[2]

The LXXIV Army Corps was trapped in the Ruhr Pocket at the end of the war.[1]

Structure

Organizational chart of the LXXIV (74th) Army Corps[1]
Year Date Subordinate units[3][4][5] Army Army Group Operational area
1943 5 August 266th Infantry, 346th Infantry 7th Army Army Group D Brittany
5 September
4 October
8 November 266th Infantry, 346th Infantry, 353rd Infantry
3 December
1944 1 January
12 February 266th Infantry, 353rd Infantry, 721st Regiment
11 March 266th Infantry, 721st Regiment
15 April
15 May 77th Infantry, 266th Infantry Army Group B
12 June 266th Infantry, 353rd Infantry
17 July 266th Infantry Normandy
31 August 271st Infantry, 331st Infantry, 344th Infantry 5th Panzer Army
16 September 347th Infantry, 526th Infantry, 3rd Parachute 7th Army Northern Eifel / Aachen
13 October 89th Infantry, 275th Infantry, 347th Infantry
5 November 89th Infantry, 275th Infantry, 347th Infantry, 116th Panzer
26 November 89th Infantry, 272nd Infantry, 275th Infantry, 277th Infantry, 344th Infantry
31 December 85th Infantry, 272nd Infantry, 326th Infantry 15th Army
1945 19 February 3rd Infantry, 85th Infantry, 272nd Infantry, 3rd Parachute 5th Panzer Army Rur
1 March 85th Infantry, 272nd Infantry, 3rd Parachute
12 April 3rd Infantry, 176th Infantry, 272nd Infantry, 338th Infantry, Panzer Lehr 15th Army Ruhr Pocket

Noteworthy individuals

  • Erich Straube, corps commander of LXXIV Army Corps (1 August 1943 – 16 December 1944).[2]
  • Carl Püchler, corps commander of LXXIV Army Corps (16 December 1944 – April 1945).[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tessin, Georg (1977). "Generalkommando LXXIV. Ameekorps (röm. 74. AK)" (in German). Die Landstreitkräfte 71-130. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945. 6. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag. pp. 20. ISBN 3764810971. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 MacLean, French L. (2014). Unknown Generals - German Corps Commanders In World War II. Pickle Partners Publishing. pp. 117–120. ISBN 9781782895220. 
  3. Tessin, Georg (1977). "7. Armee (AOK 7)" (in German). Die Landstreitkräfte 6-14. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945. 3. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag. pp. 49–56. ISBN 3764810971. 
  4. Tessin, Georg (1977). "5. Panzer-Armee (Pz. AOK 5)" (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. 282–283. ISBN 3764810971. 
  5. Tessin, Georg (1977). "15. Armee (AOK 15)" (in German). Die Landstreitkräfte 15-30. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945. 4. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag. pp. 1–5. ISBN 3764810971. 

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