German Orders of Battle at the armistice with France

destroyed French villages

One of the many destroyed French villages during the Western campaign.

German Orders of Battle from 25 June 1940 early, the day of the armistice with France

By 10 June the Germans had crossed the Seine, and Mussolini took advantage of the situation by declaring war on France. Italian troops moved in and encountered stiff resistance, but overall French morale and confidence were at a low ebb. The government removed to Bordeaux and rejected Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s offer of a union between Britain and France. By 16 June Premier Reynaud was resigning in favor of Marshal Henri Pétain, who announced the next day that France was seeking an armistice.

After the signing of a separate Italian-French armistice officially ceasefire in France was on June 25, 1940 from 01:35 o’clock. The losses of the German Wehrmacht in this stunning triumph amounted 27,074 dead, 18,384 missing (which must be attributed to the kills) and 111,034 wounded. Additional, 534 planes were lost.

At the time of the ceasefire, the German Order of Battle was as following.


Schematic layout of the German Wehrmacht from 25th June 1940 early

Schematic layout of the German Wehrmacht
Army Group Army Corps Divisions
Military commander of Belgium and Northern France in Brussels III Corps (Lille) 208, 254, 358, 225, 351 Infantry Division"
Army Group B located in Normandy, Brittany and Western France (Reserves: XXVIII Corps with 18, 14 Infantry Division) Military commander of Paris 87, 217, 30, 56 Infantry Division
4th Army (Reserves: X Corps with 61, 251, 216, 57, 256 Infantry Division, Brigade Stenger) II Corps 32, 12, 31 Infantry Division
XXXVIII Corps 6, 46, 27 Infantry Division
Panzer Group Kleist (part of 4th Army) XXII Corps motorized Infantry Regiment 900
XV Corps 7, 5 Panzer, 2 motorized Infantry Division, 11 Fast Brigade
XIV Corps 9, 10 Panzer Division, SS-Verfügungs, SS-Totenkopf Division
18th Army (Reserves: 62, 255 Infantry Division) I Corps 1 Cavalry, 11, 1 Infantry Division
VIII Corps 8, 28, 19 Infantry Division
XXXX Corps 9, 44 and elements 94 Infantry Division
6th Army (Reserves: V Corps with 35 and elements of 98 Infantry Division) IV Corps 33, 4 Infantry Division
XXXXIV Corps 263, 72 and elements of 83 Infantry Division
Army Group A in Central France 9th Army (Reserves: 211 Infantry Division) XVIII Corps 25, 298 and elements of 81 Infantry Division
XXXXIII Corps 292 and elements of 88 and 96 Infantry Division
XXXXII Corps 291, 50 Infantry Division
XVI Panzer Corps 3, 4 Panzer, 13 motorized Infantry Division, Inf.Reg. Grossdeutschland, SS-Division 'Adolf Hitler'
2th Armee (Reserves: 294, 267 Infantry Division VI Corps 5, 293 Infantry Division
IX Corps 205, 15 Infantry Division
XXVI Corps 295, 34, 45 Infantry Division
12th Army (Reserves: 1. Mountain Division, XI Corps with 7, 253, 269 Infantry Division) III Corps 52, 3, 23, 298 Infantry Division
XIII Corps 260, 21, 17 Infantry Division
XXIII Corps 73, 82 (reinforced) Infantry Division
XVII Corps 86, 10, 26 Infantry, Police Division
Army Group C in Lorraine 16th Army (Reserves: 169 Infantry Division) VII Corps 16, 68, 24, 36 Infantry Division
XXXVI Corps 71, 76, 212, 299, 58 Infantry Division
Panzer Group Guderian (XIX Corps) as part of 16th Army XXXIX Corps 1, 2 Panzer, 29 motorized Infantry Division
XXXXI Corps 6, 8 Panzer, 20 motorized Infantry Division
1st Army (Reserves: 197 Infantry Division) XXXXV Corps 167 and elements 95 Infantry Division
XXX Corps 258, 79 and elements 93 Infantry Division
XII Corps 268, 75, 198 Infantry Division
XXIV Corps 60, 252, 168 Infantry Division
XXXVII Corps 215, 246, 262, 257 Infantry Division
7th Army XXV Corps 6 Mountain, 555., 557 Infantry Division
XXVII Corps 218, 221 Infantry Division
XXXIII Corps 213, 239, 554, 556 Infantry Division
In the Homelands Gen. z.b.V. (Hannover) 228, 231, 311 Infantry Division
XXXIV Corps and XXXV Corps 209, 365, 372, 379, 393 Infantry Division
Norway XXI Corps 2, 3 Mountain, 69, 214, 163, 181, 196 Infantry Division
OKH Reserves 22 Infantry Division
Reserve Army and Commander of the Army Armament 386, 395, 399 Infantry Division

Overview of fully established and operational divisions of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe on June 25, 1940

Overview
Panzer mot.Inf. Cav. Inf. Mountain Airborne Total
Army Group B 4 4 1 33 42
Army Group A 2 2 1/3 32 2/3 1 38
Army Group C 4 2 33 1 40
Norway 5 2 7
Homeland 8 8
Reserves and occupation forces in the West 9 2 11
Total 10 8 1/3 1 120 2/3 4 2 146

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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