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The German Army Command in the West (Oberbefehlshaber West (German: initials OB West) was the overall command of the Westheer, the German Armed Forces on the Western Front during World War II. It was directly subordinate to German Armed Forces High Command. The area under the command of the OB West varied as the war progressed. At its farthest extent it reached the French Atlantic coast. By the end of World War II in Europe it was reduced to commanding troops in Bavaria.


10 October 1940 1 April 1941 Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
1 May 1941 15 March 1942 Field Marshal Erwin von Witzleben
15 March 1942 2 July 1944 Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
2 July 1944 16 August 1944 Field Marshal Günther von Kluge
16 August 1944 3 September 1944 Field Marshal Walter Model
3 September 1944 11 March 1945 Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
11 March 1945 22 April 1945 Field Marshal Albert Kesselring

Order of battle at the beginning of June 1944

OB West
Army Group B Panzer Group West Army Group D
Seventh Army Fifteenth Army I SS Panzer Corps
LXXXIV Corps LXXXVIII Corps XLVII Panzer Corps
II Parachute Corps II SS Panzer Corps


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