German Orders of Battle Operation Blue

German Orders of Battle before the summer offensive in Russia (Operation Blue) of June 24, 1942.

The German Orders of Battle and distribution of the divisions from the Wehrmacht and subordinated units of allies shortly before the summer offensive in Russia (Operation Blue, starting June 28, 1942) and the tank inventory from the beginning of the year with known numbers of tank models in the summer of 1942.

German armored cars Donets Basin Steppes

German armored cars at the beginning of the ‘Operation Blue’ in the Donets Basin Steppes in the summer of 1942.


Schematic layout of the German Wehrmacht from June 24th, 1942

Army Group South
Army Corps Divisions
located in southern Russia (Reserves: 323 Inf, 340 Inf, 371 Inf, Hungarian 10 light, Hungarian 12 light, Hungarian 13 light, Hungarian tank div, Italian Inf div Ravenna, Sforzesca, Cosseria)
11th Army LIV Corps 132 Inf (parts), 46 Inf, 22 Inf, 73 Inf (parts), 50 Inf, 46 Inf (parts), 4 Romanian Mountain div
Romanian Mountain-Corps 18 Romanian Inf, 1 Romanian Mountain div
XXX Corps 72 Inf, 170 Inf, 28 light, 213 Security (parts), 444 Security (bulk), 125 Inf div (parts)
XXXXII Corps 8 Romanian Cav, 10 Romanian Inf, 19 Romanian Inf, Romanian fast Reg, 22 Panzer (parts), 132 Inf div (bulk)
Romanian Cavalry Corps 6 Romanian Cav, 5 Romanian Cav, Security-Reg 4, 298 Inf div
XIV mot Corps 1 SS-Panzer AH, 73 Inf (bulk), 13 Panzer, 125 Inf (bulk), 5 SS-Panzer Wiking, Slovak fast div
17th Army XXXXIX Mountain-Corps 4 Mountain, 198 Inf div
Italian fast Corps Italian Celere, Torino, Pasubio div, 6 Bersagleri Reg
LII Corps 111 Inf div
IV Corps 94 Inf, 9 Inf, 76 Inf, 295 Inf, 370 Inf div
1st Panzer Army XXXXIV Corps 257 Inf, 101 light, 97 light, 68 Inf div, Walloon 373 ´battalion
XI Corps 1 Mountain, 1 Romanian Inf, 454 Security div
Romanian VI Corps 4 Romanian Inf, 20 Romanian Inf, 2 Romanian Inf
III mot Corps 14 Panzer, 16 Panzer, 22 Panzer (bulk), 60 mot Inf div
LI Corps 384 Inf, 62 Inf, 44 Inf, 71 Inf, 297 Inf div
6th Army (Reserves: 100 light div, Croat 369 Inf Reg) XVII Corps 294 Inf, 79 Inf, 113 Inf div
VIII Corps 305 Inf, 389 Inf, 376 Inf div
XXXX mot Corps 336 Inf, 3 Panzer, 23 Panzer, 29 mot Inf div
XXIX Corps 75 Inf, 168 Inf, 57 Inf div
2nd Army (Reserves: 88 Inf, 383 Inf div) LV Corps 95 Inf, 45 Inf, 1 mot SS-Inf Brig, 299 Inf div
Hungarian 2nd Army Hungarian III Corps 7 Hungarian light, 9 Hungarian light div, 16 mot Inf div
VII Corps 6 Hungarian light Inf, 387 Inf div
4th Panzer-Army XXIV mot Corps 377 Inf, 9 Panzer, 3 mot div
XIII Corps 82 Inf, 385 Inf (bulk), 11 Panzer div
XXXXVIII mot Corps mot Inf div Grossdeutschland, 24 Panzer div
Commander of the Army Group South 444 Security (parts), 213 Security (parts), Hungarian 105 Security div
Army Group Center
Army Corps Divisions
located in Byelorussia (Reserves: Hungarian 108. Security div)
2nd Panzer Army (Reserves: 707 Inf (bulk), Hungarian 102 light Inf div) XXXV Corps 262 Inf, 221 Security, 293 Inf, 4 Panzer div
LIII Corps 25 mot Inf, 112 Inf, 296 Inf, 56 Inf, 134 Inf div
XXXXVII mot Corps 211 Inf, 208 Inf, 216 Inf (parts), 18 Panzer, 17 Panzer, 339 Inf (bulk), 707 Inf div (parts)
4th Army (Reserves: parts 34 Inf div LVI mot Corps 331 Inf, Luftwaffen battle groups 10 mot Inf 267 Inf 19 Panzer 403 Security (parts) 52 Inf 131 Inf 216 Inf div (parts)"
XXXXIII Corps 31 Inf, 201 Security (parts), 34 Inf, 137 Inf div
XII Corps 263 Inf, 260 Inf, 98 Inf, 268 Inf div
3rd Panzer-Army (Reserves: 20 Panzer div) XX Corps 255 Inf, 183 Inf, 292 Inf, 258 Inf div
IX Corps 7 Inf, 78 Inf, 252 Inf, 35 Inf div
XXXXI mot Corps 342 Inf, 46 mot Inf, 161 Inf div
9th Army VI Corps 6 Inf, 339 Inf (parts), 26 Inf div
XXVII Corps 251 Inf, 14 mot Inf, 206 Inf, 86 Inf div
XXIII Corps 253 Inf, 129 Inf, 110 Inf, 1 Panzer, 102 Inf div
XXXXVI mot Corps 87 Inf, 328 Inf (bulk), 5 Panzer div
Group General Esebeck 246 Inf, 2 Panzer, 197 Inf div
LIX Corps 330 Inf, 205 Inf, 83 Inf, 328 Inf (parts), 218 Inf div (parts)
Commander of the Army Group Center 286 Security, 201 Security (parts), 203 Security div, French Inf battaillon 638
Army Group North
Army Corps Divisions
in northern Russia
16th Army XXXIX mot Corps 218 Inf (parts), 121 Inf (parts), 122 Inf (parts), 8 Panzer div, 329 Inf div (parts)
II Corps 218 Inf (parts), 123 Inf, 225 Inf (parts), 32 Inf, 12 Inf, 30 Inf, 281 Security (parts), 290 Inf, 3 SS-Panzer Totenkopf, SS-Freikorps Danmark
X Corps 329 Inf (bulk), 8 light, 5 light, 7 Mountain (parts), 122 Inf (bulk), SS-Police Reg Nord, 18 mot Inf, 81 Inf div (bulk), several Luftwaffen Field regiments
18th Army (Reserves: parts 12 Panzer div) XXXVIII Corps 250 (Spanish) Inf, 58 Inf, 126 Inf, 2 mot SS inf brigade, 265 Security div (parts)
I Corps 254 Inf, 291 Inf, 115 Inf, 61 Inf, SS-Police div, 121 Inf div (bulk), 9 SS inf reg, 81 Inf (parts), 212 Inf (parts), 20 mot Inf, 225 Inf (parts), 1 Inf, 217 Inf div (parts)
XXVIII Corps 269 Inf, 11 Inf, 21 Inf, 93 Inf, 12 Panzer (bulk), 217 Inf (bulk), 96 Inf, 5 Mountain div (parts), 2 Paratroopers reg
XXVI Corps 223 Inf, 227 Inf, 207 Security (parts)
L Corps 5 Mountain div (parts), SS regiment Norway, 385 Inf (bulk), 285 Security (parts), 225 Inf (bulk), 212 Inf div (bulk), Inf Reg 322
Commander of the Army Group North 207 Security (parts), 281 Security (parts), 285 Security (parts)
subordinated to OKW (Headquarter of the Wehrmacht)
Army Corps Divisions
located in Norway, Lapland and Finland
20 Mountain Army III Finnish Corps 3 Finnish Inf, SS-Di North, provisional inf div (2 Mountain + 1 Inf Reg)
XXXVI Mountain Corps 169 Inf, 163 Inf (bulk)
Mountain Corps Norway 6 Mountain, 214 Inf (parts), 2 Mountain, 69 Inf div (parts)
AOK Norway (Reserves: 3 Mountain 25 Panzer div)" LXXI Corps 230 Inf, 270 Inf, 199 Inf div
XXXIII Corps 196 Inf, 702 Inf, 181 Inf div
LXX Corps 69 Inf (bulk), 280 Inf, 214 Inf (bulk), 710 Inf div
Army Group D, Commander of the West
Army Corps Divisions
in France, Belgium and Netherlands (Reserves: 23 Inf div)
Wehrmacht Commander Netherlands LXXXVIII Corps 167 Inf, 719 Inf div
15th Army (at Pas-de-Calais, Reserves: 10 Panzer div) LXXXII Corps 304 Inf, 306 Inf, 106 Inf, 321 Inf, 712 Inf div
LXXXI Corps 302 Inf, 332 Inf, 711 Inf div
LXXXIII Corps 337 Inf div
7th Army (Normandy and Brittany, Reserves: 7 Para div, Panzer Brig 100, 6 Panzer div, Para Reg Hermann Goering) LXXXIV Corps 716 Inf, 319 Inf, 320 Inf div
XXV Corps 709 Inf, 335 Inf, 17 Inf, 333 Inf div
1st Army (southwest France, Reserves: 7 Panzer div) LXXX Corps 327 Inf, 708 Inf, 715 Inf, 15 Inf div
Commander Southeast
Army Corps Divisions
in the Balkans
12th Army (Reserves: Inf Reg 440) Commander of Fortress Crete Fortress div Crete
Commanding General in Serbia 718 Inf, 714 Inf, 704 Inf, 717 Inf div
Africa
Army Corps Divisions
Western Desert
Panzer Army Afrika (Reserves: bulk 90 light div) DAK 15 Panzer, 21 Panzer div
Italian mot. Corps Italian tank div Ariete, Italian mot Inf div Trieste
Italian X Corps Italian Inf div Pavia, Brescia
Italian XXI Corps ital Inf div Trento, Sabrata, 90 light div (parts)
Reserve Army and Commander of the army armament
Army Corps Divisions
Commander of the German units in Denmark 416 Inf div
7 Mountain div (parts)

Overview of fully established and operational divisions of the Wehrmacht,Waffen-SS,Luftwaffe and allied units under operational control
Tank mot.Inf Inf Mt Sec AF Allied Total
Army Group South 12 8 47 1/3 2 4 28 101 1/3
Army Group Center 8 4 49 4 2 67
Army Group North 3 1/3 4 32 2 2 1/3 1 1/3 45
Norway, Finland 1 13 3 1 18
OB West 3 1/2 23 1 1/3 28
OB Southeast - 5 1/3 - 5 1/3
Africa 2 1 6 9
Denmark 1 1
TOTAL 27 17 170 2/3 7 10 1/3 2 2/3 37 274 2/3

Tank = armoured division; mot.Inf = motorised infantry; Inf = Infantry; Mt = mountain division; Sec = security division; AF = Air Force (Luftwaffe) divisions (Air landing, Paratroopers, Luftwaffe Field); Allied = allied units


Approximate organization strength of the major types of the German Army divisions in 1942
Infantry motorised Inf Mountain Panzer
Total strength 16,500 16,400 ? 15,600
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
Machine guns (MG34, MG42) 500 500 220 220
Mortars 140 (54 x 8.1cm; others 5cm) 140 (54 x 8.1cm; others 5cm) 90 50
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
Ant-Tank guns (3.7cm; 5cm; 7.5cm; 7.62cm) 75 75 48 (6 x 4.7cm) 45 (SP and assault guns)
Howitzers and field guns 48 (12 x 15cm; 36 x 10.5cm leFH) 48 (12 x 15cm; 36 x 10.5cm leFH) 32 (16 x 7.5cm; 8 x 10.5cm leFH; 8 x 15cm) 36 (24 x 10.5cm; 12 x 15cm)
Anti-Aircraft guns (2 cm) 12 12 12 12
Armored Cars 3 ? ?
Tanks 71 (5 Panzer II, 44 Panzer III, 22 Panzer IV) 142-213 (10-15 Panzer II, 88-132 Panzer III, 44-66 Panzer IV)
Trucks 500 2,800 (incl. cars) 1,400
Cars 400 (with trucks) 560
Motorcycles 500 ? 1,300
Sidecars 200 ? 700
Horses 5,000 ?
Horse-drawn carriages 1,000 ?

Tank strength

Inventory of armored fighting vehicles on January 1, 1942
Type Figures
Panzer I 723
Panzer II 837
Panzer II (flame-thrower) 89
Panzer 35(t) 197
Panzer 38(t) 381
Panzer III 1,849
Panzer IV 513
Armoured Command Vehicles 307
Assault gun StuG III 625
TOTAL 5,521
Known quantities of tanks along the whole Eastern Front at the beginning of the summer offensive (June) and in Africa (July)
Type Figures
Panzer III (E-J) short 5cm gun L/42 c.500
Panzer III (J-L) long 5cm gun L/60 c.600
Panzer IV (B-F1) short 7.5cm gun L/24 208
Panzer IV (F2-G) long 7.5cm gun L/48 c.170
StuG III (B-E) short 7.5cm gun L/24 619
other Armored fighting vehicles c. 1,884
Russian Front TOTAL (May) 3,981
Panzer II combat ready with Africa Corps (July 6) 4
Panzer III (E-J) combat ready with Africa Corps (July 6) 33
Panzer IV (B-F1) combat ready with Africa Corps (July 6) 3
Armoured Command Vehicles combat ready with Africa Corps (July 6) 4
Armored fighting vehicles in West, reserves, under repair or in transit 1,822
TOTAL armoured fighting vehicles (May) 5,847
Call of War
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5 Comments

  1. We want order of battle 1944!!! PLZ!

  2. Nice job; usefull. Gives a sense of how dysfunctional German organization was becoming after 1941-42 Soviet Winter Offensive. Was SS Totenkopf a pz or pzg in June, 1942?

  3. 1,2,3 were no panzerdivisions nor Panzergrenadierdivisions. The were somewhat of a mot. Inf. Division in June 1942.

    • Which is 1,2,3 ? The SS divisions ? In this case: In mid-1942 the Leibstandarte, Reich, Totenkopf and Wiking received Panzer IV tanks, so that they could be classified as panzer grenadier divisions.

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