German Orders of Battle – Battle of France

View on the Avenue Foch when the Germans enter Paris.

View on the Avenue Foch when the Germans enter Paris.

German Orders of Battle during the Battle of France, 8 June 1940

German Orders of Battle for the Battle of France, which started after Dunkirk Evacuation on June 5 with the attack of Army Group B.

From 9 April (when German troops invaded Denmark and Norway) to the armistice with France on 25 June, the German Army confirmed the superiority of its organization and tactics. Losses in Norway were 5,636 men; the invasion of France and the Low Countries cost 27,074 killed, 111,034 wounded and 18,348 missing. On some single days in World War One the losses were higher.


Schematic layout of the German Wehrmacht from June 8th, 1940

Schematic layout
Army Group Army Corps Divisions
Army Group B located in northern France at the Channel Coast (Reserves: 1, 11, 19, 30, 8, 28, 217 Infantry divisions) 4 Army II Corps 11 Fast Brigade , 12, 57, 32, 31 Infantry Divisions
XXXVIII Corps 6, 46, 27 Infantry, 1 Cavalry division
XV Corps 5, 7 Panzer, 2 motorized Infantry division
6 Army XXXX Corps 87, 44 Infantry division
V Corps 62, 263 Infantry, parts 94 Infantry division
XXXXIV Corps 72 Infantry, 1 Mountain, parts 98., parts 83. Infantry division
9 Army (Reserves: parts 88, 96 Infantry division), XVIII Corps, 25 290 Infantry parts 81 Infantry Division"
XXXXII Corps 292, 50, 291 Infantry Division
Panzer Group Kleist XIV Corps 9, 10 Panzer, 9 Infantry, 13 motorized Infantry division, Infantry Regiment Grossdeutschland (motorized)
XVI Corps 3, 4 Panzer division, 4., 33 Infantry, 1., 2 SS-divisions (motorized)
Army Group A located in Northeast France (Reserves: 7, 211, 253, 267, 269 Infantry division) 2 Army VI Corps 5, 293, 15, 205 Infantry division
XXVI Corps 45, 34 Infantry division
IX Corps 294, 295 Infantry division
12 Army (Reserves: 298 Infantry division) III Corps 3, 23, 52 Infantry division
XIII Corps 17, 21, 260 Infantry division
XXIII Corps 73, 86, 82 Infantry division
XVII Corps 10, 26 Infantry, SS-Police division
Panzer Group Guderian XXXIX Corps 1, 2 Panzer, 29 motorized Infantry division
XXXXI Corps 6, 8 Panzer, 20 motorized Infantry division
16 Army (Reserves: 16, 76, 68, 212 Infantry division) VII Corps 24, 299, 36, 58 Infantry division
XXXVI Corps 71, 169 Infantry division
XXXI Corps 183, 161, 162 Infantry division
Army Group C in the Saar and Rhine front in Southwest Germany 1 Army (Reserves: 79, 168, 197, 198 Infantry division) XXXXV Corps 167 Infantry, parts 96 Infantry division
XXX Corps 258 Infantry, parts 93 Infantry division
XII Corps 75, 268 Infantry division
XXIV Corps 60, 252 Infantry division
XXXVII Corps 257, 262, 215, 246 Infantry division
7 Army (Reserves: 213, 218, 221, 239 Infantry division) XXV Corps 557, 555 Infantry division
XXXIII Corps 554, 556 Infantry division
subordinated to OKW (Headquarter of the Wehrmacht), located in Poland and Norway 18 Army (Poland, Reserves: 216, 227, 251 Infantry division) X Corps 208, 225, 254 Infantry division
AOK Norwegen (HQ Norway) XXI Corps 2, 3 Mountain, 69, 214, 163, 181, 196 Infantry division
OKH Reserves Group West XXVIII Corps 14, 18, 56, 61, 223, 255, 256 Infantry division, 3 SS-Infantry division Totenkopf (motorized)
Group East XXIX Corps 207, 297, 78, 170, 296, 35, 206 Infantry division; in transfer: 22, 164 Infantry division
in Germany 228, 231, 311 Infantry division
Oberost (East Prussia) XXXIV, XXXV Corps 209, 365, 372, 379, 393 Infantry division
Reserve Army and Commander of the army armament XXXII Corps 351, 358, 386, 395, 399 Infantry division

Overview of fully established and operational divisions of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe on June 8, 1940

Overview
Panzer mot.Inf. Cav. Inf. Mountain Airborne Total
Army Group B 6 5 1 27 1 40
Army Group A 4 2 39 45
Army Group C - - - 23 23
Norway - 5 2 7
Poland, East Prussia 11 11
Reserves 1 24 2 27
TOTAL 10 8 1 129 3 2 153

Approximate organization strength of the major types of the German Army divisions in 1940
Infantry Division motorised Infantry Division Mountain Division Panzer Division Airborne Division
Officers 500 500 ? 400 500
Officials 100 100 ? 100 100
NCOs 2,500 2,500 ? 2,000 2,500
Privates 13,400 13,400 ? 9,300 13,400
Total men 16,500 (35 divisions of 1st wave 18,000) 16,500 ? 11,.800 16,500
Infantry Regiments 3 with 3,000 men each 3 with 3,000 men each 2 with 3,000 men each 2 with 3,000 men each 2 or 3 with 3,000 men each
Machine guns MG34 500 500 220 220 500
Mortars 140 (54 x 8,1cm, others 5cm) 140 (54 x 8,1cm, others 5cm) 90 50 140 ((54 x 8.1cm, 86 x 5cm)
Infantry guns 25 (6 x 15cm, others 7,5cm) 25 (6 x 15cm, others 7,5cm) 14 (2 x 15cm, 12 x 7,5cm) 10 ?
AT 3,7 cm PAK 36 75 75 48 (6 x 4,7cm) 50 36
Howitzers and guns 48 (12 x 15cm, others 10,5cm leFH ) 48 (12 x 15cm, others 10,5cm leFH) 32 (16 x 7,5cm, 8 x 10,5cm leFH, 8 x 15cm) 28 24 (10.5cm recoiless guns)
AA 20mm Flak 12 12 12 12 12
Armored Cars 3 30 - 100
Tanks - - - 324
Trucks 500 1.700 - 1,400
Cars 400 1,000 - 560
Motorcycles 500 1,300 - 1,300
Sidecars 200 600 - 700
Horses 5,000 - ? - -
Horse-drawn carriages 1,000 - ? - -

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Sea War

North Sea – Last cruiser action off Heligoland: Vice-Admiral T Napier’s battlecruisers Glorious, Courageous and Repulse, 8 cruisers and 10 destroyers chase 4 German light cruisers, which were covering and smokescreening minesweep­ers, for 2 hours and firing 147 15-inch shells until battleships Kaiser and Kaiserin appear and dense fog intervenes. Germans suffer 7 hits, Admiral Reuter’s flagship cruiser Koenigsberg II (31 casualties) hit by Repulse; Pillau hit by Courageous. Royal Navy ships suffer 5 hits including cruisers Caledon and Calypso hit (Captain H L Edwards killed).
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Russia: Pro-Soviet Captain Modest V Ivanov made assistant Navy Minister. Lenin saw him on November 14. Supreme Naval Board formed on November 20.

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