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The LXXXI Army Corps (German language: LXXXI. Armeekorps) was an army corps of the German Wehrmacht during World War II. The corps was established in occupied France in 1942 and remained active until 1945.

History

The LXXXI Army Corps was established in occupied France on 28 May 1942 from the renamed Höheres Kommando z. b. V. XXXII.[1] In turn, the Higher Command XXXII, not to be confused with the XXXII Army Corps, had been established on 15 October 1939 from the Grenzschutz-Abschnittkommando 2.[2] The initial commander of the LXXXI Army Corps was Adolf-Friedrich Kuntzen.[3]

The LXXXI Army Corps, initially headquartered at Rouen, was originally subordinate to the 15th Army under Army Group D between June 1942 and July 1944. It was then moved to the 5th Panzer Army in August 1944, to the 7th Army between September and October 1944, and to the 5th Panzer Army between November and December 1944.[1]

With the beginning of the year 1945, the LXXXI Army Corps was moved back to the 15th Army, where it remained until the end of the war, when it surrendered in the Ruhr Pocket.[1]

Structure

Organizational chart of the LXXXI (81st) Wehrmacht Army Corps[1]
Year Date Subordinate units[4][5][6] Army Army Group Operational area
1942 8 June 10th Panzer, 302nd Infantry, 332nd Infantry, 711th Infantry 15th Army Army Group D Northern France (Rouen)
4 July 302nd Infantry, 332nd Infantry, 711th Infantry
5 August
2 September 10th Panzer, 302nd Infantry, 332nd Infantry, 711th Infantry
8 October
5 November 302nd Infantry, 332nd Infantry, 348th Infantry, 711th Infantry
1 December 332nd Infantry, 348th Infantry, 711th Infantry
1943 1 January
3 February
4 March 191st Infantry, 348th Infantry, 711th Infantry, 17th LFD
9 April 348th Infantry, 711th Infantry, 17th LFD
1 May
1 June
7 July
5 August
5 September
4 October
8 November
3 December
1944 1 January 245th Infantry, 348th Infantry, 711th Infantry, 17th LFD
12 February 245th Infantry, 711th Infantry, 17th LFD
11 March
8 April
11 May Army Group B
12 June 245th Infantry, 346th Infantry, 711th Infantry, 17th LFD
17 July 89th Infantry, 245th Infantry, 17th LFD
31 August 49th Infantry, 85th Infantry, 353rd Infantry 5th Panzer Army Normandy
16 September 9th Panzer, 116th Panzer, Panzerbrigade 105, 49th Infantry 7th Army Aachen
13 October 12th Infantry, 246th Volksgrenadier
5 November 3rd Infantry, 12th Infantry, 246th Volksgrenadier 5th Panzer Army
26 November 3rd Infantry, 12th Infantry, 47th Infantry, 340th Volksgrenadier
31 December 47th Infantry, 353rd Infantry, 363rd Infantry 15th Army Rur / Ruhr Pocket
1945 19 February 59th Infantry, 363rd Infantry
1 March 9th Panzer, 11th Panzer, 59th Infantry, 363rd Infantry, 476th Infantry
12 April Panzerbrigade 106, Würtz, Scherzer

Noteworthy individuals

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tessin, Georg (1977). "Generalkommando LXXXI. Ameekorps (röm. 81. 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. 56. ISBN 3764810971. 
  2. Tessin, Georg (1977). "Höheres Kommando z. b. V. XXXII (H.K. röm. 32)" (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. 14. ISBN 3764810971. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 MacLean, French L. (2014). Unknown Generals - German Corps Commanders In World War II. Pickle Partners Publishing. pp. 117–120. ISBN 9781782895220. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 

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