Deployment German Forces 1942

Deployment of German armed forces by theaters of war in the summer of 1942.

fine color aerial pictures from the beginning of Operation Blue

Dramatic fine color aerial picture from the beginning of Operation Blue, the German summer offensive in Russia 1942. A German armored unit is attacking a Russian position.

Deployment German ground forces

The German distribution of ground forces by theaters of war in the summer (June-July) 1942 after TOE (tables of organisation and equipment).
The actual average strength in the army, however, was only 88%. The units of the Army Group South in Southern Russia were largely completely refreshed at the cost of the others.

Army: divisions
Theaters of WarInfantry, Mountain and Airbornemotorized InfantryArmoured
Russian Front, Army Gr South 49 1/3 8 12
Russian Front, Army Gr Center 49 4 8
Russian Front, Army Gr North 35 1/3 4 3 1/3
20th Army, Finland 6 1/3 -
Army Norway 10 1/3 - 1
Denmark 1 -
15th Army (Calais), Holland 11 - 1
7th Army (Normandy) 8 1/3 - 1 1/2
1st Army (Southwest France) 4 - 1
12th Army (Serbia, Greece) 4 1/3 -
Fortress Crete 1 -
DAK, Western Desert - 1 2
Reserve Army, Germany 1 -
TOTAL 181 1729.83
Infantry (TOE)
Theaters of Warinfantrymenautomatic riflessub-machine gunsmachine gunsmortarslight anti-tank weapons
Russian Front, Army Gr South564,000 ? ?30,7477,207 ?
Russian Front, Army Gr Center525,000 ? ?28,2607,820 ?
Russian Front, Army Gr North366,000 ? ?19,4675,674 ?
20th Army, Finland46,000 ? ?2,139 703 ?
Army Norway96,000 ? ?5,1071,446 ?
Denmark9,000 ? ? 500 140 ?
15th Army (Calais), Holland105,000 ? ?5,7201,590 ?
7th Army (Normandy)81,000 ? ?4,8271,190 ?
1st Army (Southwest France)42,000 ? ?2,220 610 ?
12th Army (Serbia, Greece)39,000 ? ?2,167 607 ?
Fortress Crete9,000 ? ? 500 140 ?
DAK, Western Desert18,000 ? ? 773 193 ?
Reserve Army, Germany6,000 ? ? 220 90 ?
TOTAL1,906,000 ? ?102,64727,410 ?
Vehicles and artillery
Theaters of WarTanksAssault guns, AFVsAPCsTrucksField gunsAT gunsAA guns
Russian Front, Army Gr South2,130 568 ?63,8674,6834,646 832
Russian Front, Army Gr Center1,420 284 ?46,9004,1574,311 732
Russian Front, Army Gr North 592 284 ?31,8662,9703,036 512
20th Army, Finland - - ?1,333 364 376 76
Army Norway 177 - ?6,067 773 790 136
Denmark - - ? 500 73 75 12
15th Army (Calais), Holland 177 - ?6,900 849 867 144
7th Army (Normandy) 266 - ?4,900 641 652 118
1st Army (Southwest France) 177 - ?3,400 338 342 60
12th Army (Serbia, Greece) - - ?2,167 316 325 52
Fortress Crete - - ? 500 73 75 12
DAK, Western Desert 355 - ?4,667 141 134 36
Reserve Army, Germany - - ? - 46 48 12
TOTAL5,2941,136 ?173,06715,42415,6772,734

Deployment German air force

For the German Luftwaffe, only figures for September 1942 are available, but these are accurate by aircraft.

Strength Luftwaffe
Theaters of WarFighter, night fighterFighter bomberslight bombers and Stukas"medium and heavy bombers
Russian Front, Army Gr South 322 - 162 277
Russian Front, Army Gr Center and North 612 - 202 926
Finland and Norway 100 - 59 49
Denmark-
In the West (France, Low countries) 521 - - 222
Balkans, Crete, Western Desert 111 - - 41
Germany327 - -
TOTAL1,933 - 4231,515

Deployment German Navy

The figures for the German Kriegsmarine refer to the summer of 1942, but are partial estimates.

Strength German Navy
Theaters of WarBattleships (BB,BC)heavy cruisers (CA)light cruiser (LCA)Destroyers (DD)Torpedo boatsMTBsSubsTransport
Norway 2 3 - 6+ ? ? ? ?
France - - - 6 (?) ? ? ? ?
Baltic, North sea 1 (damaged) 2+ 1+ ? ? ? ? ?
TOTAL 3 (2 BC)6 (including 2 Pocket-battleships, 2 old BB) 4 c.12 c.12 c.35 315c.615 (c.1.12m t available at start of war)
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