8th Army (Wehrmacht)

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8. Armee
8th Army
Active 1939; 1943-1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Army
Engagements World War II

The 8th Army (German: 8. Armee Oberkommando) was a World War II field army. It existed twice during the war, in the invasion of Poland in 1939, and on the Eastern Front from 1943 onwards.

In 1939 it was part of Gerd von Rundstedt's Army Group South and under command of Johannes Blaskowitz. It consisted of two corps, X. Armeekorps and XIII. Armeekorps, and was responsible for the northern part of Army Group South's front. After the conclusion of the Polish campaign, it was reorganized into the 2nd Army which took part in the Battle of France in 1940.

In 1943 it was reformed after the Battle of Kursk from Army Detachment Kempf. After fierce defensive battles throughout 1943, 1944 and the first months of 1945, it finally surrendered in Austria in 1945.


Commanders

References

  • Tessin, Georg. Die Landstreitkräfte 6—14. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939—1945. 3. Frankfurt/Main: E.S. Mittler. pp. 87–90. 


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