19th Army (Wehrmacht)

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19th Army
Active26 August 1943 - 21 April 1945
CountryFlag of Germany (1935-1945).svg  Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Field Army
Engagements World War II

The 19th Army (German: 19. Armee) was a World War II field army of the German Army.



Formed in August 1943 in occupied southern France from Armeegruppe Felber (the LXXXIII. Armeekorps), the 19th Army defended southern France, the Vosges Mountains, Alsace, Baden and southern Württemberg during the Allied invasion of southern France and other large Allied military operations that had as their goal the liberation of southern France and the invasion of southern Germany. Although nominally a field army, the 19th Army was under strength and consisted of third tier soldiers, wounded veterans, conscripts and Hiwis. Southern France in general was treated as a third tier theatre and given minimal attention by the OKW. The entire army was outfitted with damaged and obsolete equipment, with four of the 19th army's divisions designated "static divisions," meaning that they were stripped of all mobile assets and forbidden to move from their assigned positions. The Hiwis in particular proved unreliable and typically deserted or surrendered at the first opportunity. The only asset that posed any threat to Allied plans was the 11th Panzer Division, and even then it had 2 of its five tank battalions reassigned to other formations deemed more critical to the war effort.

During Operation Dragoon, the 19th Army was trapped in an enormous encirclement, suffering 7,000 killed or missing, 20,000 wounded, 130,000-140,000 captured and was largely destroyed as a fighting force. However, its headquarters survived intact, retreated northwards and participated in the defense of the Rhine River.

Organization: 19th Army on July 17, 1944
Army GroupArmyCorpsDivision
19th Army
LXII Corps
148th Infantry Division
242nd Infantry Division
244th Infantry Division
338th Infantry Division
IV Luftwaffe Corps
189th Infantry Division
198th Infantry Division
716th Infantry Division
to Army HQ
157th Reserve
(Mountain) Division

After the debacle in Southern France, the 19th Army was recreated with poorly trained conscripts and tasked with defending the west bank of the Rhine, and the city of Strasbourg. The 19th Army was again encircled and largely destroyed during the battle for the Colmar Pocket in January and February 1945. Once again its headquarters survived capture and was rebuilt largely from Volkssturm and hastily trained replacement troops in early 1945. With many of its best men and junior leaders dead or captured, the 19th Army's effectiveness was seriously impaired and it proved unable to parry the thrusts of its constant foe, the French First Army. Split by deep French armored thrusts into Baden, the Black Forest, and Württemberg, the 19th Army was destroyed in the area of Stuttgart and Münsingen in late April 1945, with remnants of the army surrendering as late as 8 May 1945. Formal surrender was accepted by Maj. General Edward H. Brooks, Commander of the U.S. Army's VI Corps.

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Location of corps of the 19th Army
April 19, 1945
Organization: 19th Army on April 12, 1945
Army GroupArmyCorpsDivision
19th Army
Baur Infantry Brigade
1005th Infantry Brigade
805th Infantry Division
405th Infantry Division
LXIV Corps
106th Infantry Division
257th Volksgrenadier Division
716th Infantry Division
LXXX Corps
16th Volksgrenadier Division
47th Volksgrenadier Division
198th Infantry Division
559th Volksgrenadier Division
to Army HQ
189th Infantry Division


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Sodenstern, GeorgGeneral der Infanterie
Georg von Sodenstern
26 August 194329 June 1944308 days
Wiese, FriedrichGeneral der Infanterie
Friedrich Wiese
29 June 194415 December 1944169 days
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Rasp, SiegfriedGeneral der Infanterie
Siegfried Rasp
15 December 194415 February 194562 days
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Foertsch, HermannGeneral der Infanterie
Hermann Foertsch
15 February 194528 February 194513 days
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Obstfelder, HansGeneral der Infanterie
Hans von Obstfelder
1 March 194526 March 194525 days
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Brandenberger, ErichGeneral der Panzertruppe
Erich Brandenberger
26 March 19456 May 194541 days

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