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Army Group Center


Panzer Gruppe 3
Army Group Center (German: Heeresgruppe Nord) was one of the three main groups of German forces that took part in Operation Barbarossa. Army Group Center was assigned to capturing the central objectives of Operation Barbarossa:
  • It staged from Eastern Poland

  • Its immediate operational objectives were to defeat the Soviet frontier defenses, especially around the area of Minsk.

  • Its strategic objective was the capture of the Soviet capital, Moscow.

  • It was commanded by Feldmarshal Fedor von Bock.
Army Group Center consisted of 49 divisions organized into the following armies and corps:
  • 4th Army (4. Armee) commanded by Günther von Kluge

    Which consisted of:

    • VII Corps
      • 7th Infantry Division
      • 23rd Infantry Division
      • 258th Infantry Division
      • 268th Infantry Division

    • IX Corps
      • 137th Infantry Division
      • 263rd Infantry Division
      • 292nd Infantry Division

    • XIII Corps
      • 17th Infantry Division
      • 78th Infantry Division

    • XXXXIII Corps
      • 131st Infantry Division
      • 134th Infantry Division
      • 252nd Infantry Division

  • 9th Army (9. Armee) commanded by Adolf Strauß

    Which consisted of:

    • V Corps
      • 5th Infantry Division
      • 35th Infantry Division

    • VI Corps
      • 6th Infantry Division
      • 26th Infantry Division

    • VIII Corps
      • 8th Infantry Division
      • 28th Infantry Division
      • 161st Infantry Division

    • XX Corps
      • 162nd Infantry Division
      • 256th Infantry Division

  • 2nd Panzer Group (Panzergruppe 2) commanded by Heinz Guderian

    Which consisted of:

    • XII Corps
      • 31st Infantry Division
      • 34th Infantry Division
      • 45th Infantry Division

    • XXIV Corps (motorized)
      • 3rd Panzer Division
      • 4th Panzer Division
      • 10th Infantry Division (motorized)
      • 1st Cavalry Division
      • 255th Infantry Division
      • 267th Infantry Division

    • XXXXVI Corps (motorized)
      • 10th Panzer Division
      • SS-Reich Division
      • Infantry Regiment Großdeutschland

    • XXXXVII Corps (motorized)
      • 17th Panzer Division
      • 18th Panzer Division
      • 29th Infantry Division (motorized)
      • 167th Infantry Division

  • 3rd Panzer Group (Panzergruppe 3) commanded by Hermann Hoth

    Which consisted of:

    • XXXIX Corps (motorized)
      • 7th Panzer Division
      • 20th Panzer Division
      • 14th Infantry Division (motorized)
      • 20th Infantry Division (motorized)

    • LVII Corps (motorized)
      • 12th Panzer Division
      • 19th Panzer Division
      • 18th Infantry Division (motorized)

It was supported by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe):
  • Air Fleet 2 (Luftflotte zwei) commanded by Albert Kesselring


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