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Deployment German Forces 1942

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

Panzer IV of DAK (German Afrika Korps) in the Western Desert.

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 War “Infantry Mountain and Airborne” “motorized Infantry” “Armoured”
“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 17 “29.83”
Infantry (TOE)
Theaters of War “infantrymen” “automatic rifles” “sub-machine guns” “machine guns” “mortars” “light anti-tank weapons”
“Russian Front Army Gr South” “564 000” ? ? “30 747” “7 207” ?
“Russian Front Army Gr Center “ “525 000” ? ? “28 260” “7 820” ?
“Russian Front Army Gr North “ “366 000” ? ? “19 467” “5 674” ?
“20th Army Finland” “46 000” ? ? “2 139” 703 ?
“Army Norway” “96 000” ? ? “5 107” “1 446” ?
“Denmark” “9 000” ? ? 500 140 ?
“15th Army (Calais) Holland “ “105 000” ? ? “5 720” “1 590” ?
“7th Army (Normandy)” “81 000” ? ? “4 827” “1 190” ?
“1st Army (Southwest France)” “42 000” ? ? “2 220” 610 ?
“12th Army (Serbia Greece)” “39 000” ? ? “2 167” 607 ?
“Fortress Crete” “9 000” ? ? 500 140 ?
“DAK Western Desert” “18 000” ? ? 773 193 ?
“Reserve Army Germany” “6 000” ? ? 220 90 ?TOTAL “1 906 000” ? ? “102 647” “27 410” ?
Vehicles and artillery
Theaters of War “Tanks” “Assault guns AFVs” “APCs” “Trucks” “Field guns” “AT guns” “AA guns”
“Russian Front Army Gr South” “2 130” 568 ? “63 867” “4 683” “4 646” 832
“Russian Front Army Gr Center “ “1 420” 284 ? “46 900” “4 157” “4 311” 732
“Russian Front Army Gr North “ 592 284 ? “31 866” “2 970” “3 036” 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 12TOTAL “5 294” “1 136” ? “173 067” “15 424” “15 677” “2 734”

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 War “Fighter night fighter” “Fighter bombers” “light 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
Germany “327” - - TOTAL “1 933” - 423 “1 515”

Deployment German Navy

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

Strength German Navy
Theaters of War “Battleships (BB BC)” “heavy cruisers (CA)” “light cruiser (LCA)” “Destroyers (DD)” “Torpedo boats” “MTBs” “Subs” “Transport”
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.35 315 “c.615 (c.1.12m t available at start of war)”