XLVII Panzer Corps

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XLVII Panzer Corps
Active 20 June - 1 July 1940
25 November 1940 - 16 April 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Panzer
Role Armoured warfare
Size Corps

World War II

Joachim Lemelsen
Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz

XLVII Panzer Corps (also: 47th Panzer Corps or XXXXVII. Panzerkorps or XXXXVII Panzer Corps) was a panzer corps of the German Army in World War II that was formerly designated as XLVII Corps. Various formations of the corps fought in the French campaign of 1940, in the invasion of Soviet Union from 1941 to 1944, and on the Western Front from June 1944 until April 1945.

Initial Formation

The first formation of the XLVII Corps was on 20 June 1940, during the Campaign in France. This formation was shortly thereafter disbanded on 1 July 1940.[1] The corps was formed again as a motorized corps on 25 November 1940[2] in Military Region XI. The new corps was initially stationed in Germany as part of Army Group C.

Eastern Front

In May 1941, the corps was subordinated to Panzer Group 2 (later 2nd Panzer Army) and took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, in 1941. On 21 June 1942, the corps was retitled XLVII Panzer Corps.[3] The corps remained on the Russian front until March 1944, when it was stationed in France.[4][3]

Western Front

In 1944, the corps was transferred to the Western Front.[4][3] The corps took part in the Mortain offensive, and attacked into the central Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.[3] The corps was retitled Army Group Lüttwitz in January 1945.[5] On 16 April, the corps surrendered with other German troops in the Ruhr Pocket to the U.S. Army.[6]

Orders of Battle

10 December 1940

22 June 1941

16 September 1944

15 December 1944



  1. ^ www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de
  2. ^ Georg Tessin, "Generalkommando XLVII. Panzerkorps", from CDROM published by VMD as Organisationsgeschichte der deutschen Wehrmacht
  3. ^ a b c d Mitcham 2006, p. 266.
  4. ^ a b Harrison 1951, p. 235.
  5. ^ Cole 1965, p. 613.
  6. ^ MacDonald 1973, p. 370.
  7. ^ Niehorster, Dr. Leo. "XXXXVII Corps (motorized) Order of Battle". Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Nafziger, George. "German Army, Battle of the Bulge, 15 December 1944" (PDF). Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 


  • Cole, Hugh M. The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge (Publication 7-8). Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  • Harrison, Gordon A. The Cross Channel Attack (Publication 7-4). Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  • MacDonald, Charles B. The Last Offensive (Publication 7-9). Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  • Mitcham, Samuel W. (2006). The Panzer Legions: A Guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of World War II and Their Commanders. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-811733-53-X. 
  • Nafziger, George. "German Army, Battle of the Bulge, 15 December 1944" (PDF). Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library. US Army Combined Arms Center. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  • Niehorster, Dr. Leo. "XXXXVII Corps (motorized) Order of Battle". World War II Armed Forces — Orders of Battle and Organizations. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
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