Army Group E

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Army Group E
Active1 January 1943 – 8 May 1945 [1]
Disbanded8 May 1945
CountryFlag of Germany (1935-1945).svg  Nazi Germany
Alexander Löhr

Army Group E (Heeresgruppe E) was a German Army Group active during World War II.

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Army group military organization consisting of several field armies, which is self-sufficient for indefinite periods

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Army Group E was created on 1 January 1943 from the 12th Army. Units from this Army Group were distributed throughout the Eastern Mediterranean area, including Albania, Greece, the Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia, and the Independent State of Croatia.

The 12th Army was a World War II field army.

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Its principal units were: [2]

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Service history

The Army Group participated in anti-partisan operations in Greece and Yugoslavia. During the course of these operations, several atrocities were committed, including the massacres of Kalavryta and Distomo in Greece. Furthermore, during the disarmament of the Italian army in September 1943, German troops executed over 5,000 Italian prisoners of war in the Cephallonia Massacre. At the same time, the Army Group successfully repelled the British attempt to seize the Italian-occupied Dodecanese Islands.

Army Group troops were involved in the Chortiatis massacre.

In the spring of 1945, during the retreat of the Wehrmacht forces from the Balkans, this Army Group withdrew to Hungary, with some units moving to Austria and southern Germany. During the 1945 retreat the fortress units were amalgamated into the LXXXXI Army Corps.

Army Group E was joined with what was left of Maximilian von Weichs' Army Group F. That army group had been dissolved on 25 March 1945.

A member of Army Group E who later rose to prominence was Austrian president and United Nations General Secretary Kurt Waldheim, who served in the military administration of Thessaloniki.


CommanderTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
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Löhr, AlexanderGeneraloberst
Alexander Löhr
31 December 19428 May 19452 years, 127 days [3]

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