German order of battle for Operation Fall Weiss

This article details the order of battle of German army units invading Poland in 1939.

The German forces for the invasion of Poland were divided into Army Group North (consisting of the German 3rd and 4th armies) and Army Group South (consisting of the German 8th, 10th, and 14th armies, and the Slovakian Army Group Bernolak).

Army Group North

Army Group North was commanded by Colonel General Fedor von Bock. Its initial objectives were to capture the "Polish corridor" (4th Army) and drive southwards towards Warsaw from East Prussia (3rd Army).

Army Group Reserve Troops

Directly subordinated to Army Group North were:
  • 10th Panzer Division - Commanded by General Ferdinand Schaal. Consisted of the 4th Panzer Brigade and 10th Motorized Rifle Brigade.
  • 73rd Infantry Division - Commanded by General Friedrich von Rabenau. Consisted of the 170th, 186th, and 213th Infantry Regiments.
  • 206th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Hugo Höfl. Consisted of the 301st, 312th, and 413rd Infantry Regiments.
  • 208th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Moritz Andreas. Consisted of the 309th, 337th, and 338th Infantry Regiments.

4th Army

4th Army was commanded by General of Artillery Gunther von Kluge. It was based in Western Pomerania.
  • 4th Army Reserves
  • 23rd Infantry Division - Commanded by General Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt. Consisted of the 9th, 67th, and 68th Infantry Regiments.
  • 218th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Woldemar Freiherr Grote. Consisted of the 323rd, 386th, and 397th Infantry Regiments.
  • Frontier Guard Command
  • 207th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Karl von Tiedemann. Consisted of the 322nd, 368th, and 374th Infantry Regiments.
  • XIX Corps - Commanded by General Heinz Guderian.
  • 3rd Panzer Division - Commanded by General Leo Freiherr Geyr von Schweppenburg. Consisted of the 3rd Panzer Brigade and 3rd Motorized Rifle Brigade.
  • 2rd Motorized Division - Commanded by General Paul Bader. Consisted of the 5th, 25th, and 92nd Motorized Infantry Regiments.
  • 20th Motorized Division - Commanded by General Mauritz von Wiktorin. Consisted of the 69th, 76th and 80th Motorized Infantry Regiments.
  • Panzer Lehr Battalion.
  • Reconnaissance Demonstration Battalion.
  • II Corps - Commanded by General Adolf Strauβ.
  • 3rd Infantry Division - Commanded by General Walter Lichel. Consisted of the 8th, 29th, and 50th Infantry Regiments.
  • 32nd Infantry Division - Commanded by General Franz Böhme. Consisted of the 4th, 94th, and 96th Infantry Regiments.
  • III Corps - Commanded by General Curt Haase.
  • 50th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Konrad Sorsche. Consisted of the 121st, 122nd, and 123rd Infantry Regiments.
  • "Netze" Infantry Brigade - Commanded by General Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz.

3rd Army

3rd Army was commanded by General of Artillery Georg von Kuckler. It was based in East Prussia.
  • 3rd Army Reserves
  • 217th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Richard Baltzer. Consisted of the 311th, 346th, and 389th Infantry Regiments.
  • 1st Cavalry Brigade - Commanded by General Kurt Feldt.
  • XXI Corps - Commanded by General Nikolaus von Falkenhorst.
  • 21st Infantry Division - Commanded by General Hans-Kuno von Both. Consisted of the 3rd, 24th, and 45th Infantry Regiments.
  • 228th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Hans Suttner. Consisted of the 325th, 356th, and 400th Infantry Regiments.
  • I Corps - Commanded by General Walter Petzel.
  • Panzer-Division Kempf - Commanded by General Werner Kempf. Consisted of the 7th Panzer Regiment, and the "Groβdeutschland" Motorized Infantry Regiment.
  • 11th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Max Bock. Consisted of the 2nd, 23rd, and 44th Infantry Regiments.
  • 61st Infantry - Commanded by General Siegfried Hänicke. Consisted of the 151st, 162nd, and 176th Infantry Regiments.
  • "Wodrig" Corps - Commanded by General Albert Wodrig. (It was later renamed to XXVI Corps.)
  • 1st Infantry Division - Commanded by General Joachim von Kortzfleisch. Consisted of the 1st, 22nd, and 43rd Infantry Regiments.
  • 12th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Ludwig von der Leyen. Consisted of the 27th, 48th, and 89th Infantry Regiments.
  • "Brand" Corps - Commanded by General Fritz Brand.
  • "Lötzen" Infantry Brigade - Commanded by General Offenbacher. Consisted of the 161st and 162nd Landwehr Infantry Regiments.
  • "Goldap" Infantry Brigade - Commanded by General Notle.

Army Group South

Army Group South was commanded by Colonel General Gerd von Rundstedt. Its initial objective was to drive from Silesia towards Warsaw (8th and 10th armies), and to destroy the Polish forces around Krakow (14th Army).

Army Group Reserve Troops

  • 62nd Infantry Division - Commanded by General Walter Keiner. Consisted of the 164th, 183rd, and 190th Infantry Regiments.
  • 213th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Rene de l'Homme de Courbiere. Consisted of the 318th, 354th, and 406th Infantry Regiments.
  • 221st Infantry Division - Commanded by General Johann Pflugbeil. Consisted of the 350th, 360th, and 375th Infantry Regiments.
  • VII Corps - Commanded by General Eugen Ritter von Schobert. In reserve at the start of the campaign.
  • 27th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Friedrich Bergmann. Consisted of the 40th, 63rd, and 91st Infantry Regiments.
  • 68th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Georg Braun. Consisted of the 169th, 188th, and 196th Infantry Regiments.
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  • 1st Mountain Division - Commanded by General Ludwig Kübler. Consisted of the 98th, 99th, and 100th Mountain Jäger Regiments.

8th Army

8th Army was commanded by General of Infantry Otto von Colinburg-Bodigheim. It was based in northern Silesia.
  • X Corps - Commanded by General Wilhelm Ulex.
  • 24th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Friedrich Olbricht. Consisted of the 31st, 32nd, and 102nd Infantry Regiments.
  • 30th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Kurt von Briesen. Consisted of the 6th, 26th, and 46th Infantry Regiments.
  • XIII Corps - Commanded by General Maximilian Reichsfreiherr von Weichs.
  • 10th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Conrad von Cochenhausen. Consisted of the 20th, 41st, and 85th Infantry Regiments.
  • 17th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Herbert Loch. Consisted of the 21st, 55th, and 95th Infantry Regiments.
  • SS-Division (mot.) Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Motorized Infantry Regiment - Commanded by Josef "Sepp" Dietrich.

10th Army

10th Army was commanded by General of Artillery Walter von Reichenau. It was based in southern Silesia.
  • 10th Army Reserves
  • 1st Light Division - Commanded by General Friedrich-Wilhelm von Löper. Consisted of the 11th Panzer Regiment and 6th Rifle Brigade.
  • 3rd Light Division - Commanded by General Adolf Kuntzen. Consisted of the 10th Panzer Regiment and 8th Rifle Brigade.
  • XI Corps - Commanded by General Emil Leeb.
  • 18th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Friedrich-Karl Cranz. Consisted of the 30th, 51st, and 54th Infantry Regiments.
  • 19th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Günther Schwantes. Consisted of the 59th, 73rd, and 74th Infantry Regiments.
  • XVI Corps - Commanded by General Erich Höpner.
  • 1. Panzer-Division - Commanded by General Rudolf Schmidt. Consisted of the 1st Panzer Brigade and 1st Motorized Rifle Brigade.
  • 14th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Peter Weyer. Consisted of the 11th, 53rd, and 116th Infantry Regiments.
  • 31st Infantry Division - Commanded by General Rudolf Kämpfe. Consisted of the 12th, 17th, and 82nd Infantry Regiments.
  • IV Corps - Commanded by General Viktor von Schwedler.
  • 4th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Eric Hansen. Consisted of 10th, 52nd, and 103rd Infantry Regiments.
  • 46th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Paul von Hase. Consisted of the 42nd, 72nd, and 97th Infantry Regiments.
  • XV Corps - Commanded by General Hermann Hoth.
  • 2nd Light Division - Commanded by General Georg Stumme. Consisted of the 25th Panzer Regiment and 7th Rifle Brigade.
  • XIV Corps - Commanded by General Gustav von Wietersheim.
  • 4th Panzer Division - Commanded by General Georg-Hans Reinhardt. Consisted of the 7th Panzer Brigade and 4th Motorized Rifle Brigade.
  • 13th Motorized Division - Commanded by General Moritz von Faber du Faur. Consisted of the 33rd, 66th, and 93rd Motorized Infantry Regiments.
  • 29th Motorized Division - Commanded by General Joachim Lemelsen. Consisted of the 15th, 86th, and 71st Motorized Infantry Regiments.

14th Army

14th Army was commanded by Colonel General Wilhelm List. It was based in Moravia and Slovakia.
  • XXII Corps - Commanded by General Ewald von Kleist. It began the campaign in reserve.
  • 2nd Mountain Division - Commanded by General Valentin Feurstein. Consisting of the 136th, 137th, and 140th Mountain Jäger Regiments.
  • VIII Corps - Commanded by General Ernst Busch.
  • 5. Panzer-Division - Commanded by General Heinrich von Viettinghoff-Scheel. Consisted of the 8th Panzer Brigade and 5th Motorized Rifle Brigade.
  • 8th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Rudolf Koch-Erpach. Consisted of the 28th, 38th, and 84th Infantry Regiments.
  • 28th Infantry Division - Commanded by Geneal Hans von Obstfelder. Consisted of the 7th, 49th, and 83rd Infantry Regiments.
  • 239th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Ferdinand Neuling. Consisted of the 327th, 372nd, and 444th Infantry Regiments.
  • SS "Germania" Motorized Infantry Regiment - Commanded by General Karl-Maria Demelhuber.
  • XVII Corps - Commanded by General Werner Kienitz.
  • 7th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Eugen Ott. Consisted of the 19th, 61st, and 62nd Infantry Regiments.
  • 44th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Albrecht Schubert. Consisted of the 131st, 132nd, and 134th Infantry Regiments.
  • 45th Infantry Division - Commanded by General Friedrich Materna. Consisted of the 130th, 133rd, and 135th Infantry Regiments.
  • XVIII Corps - Commanded by General Eugen Beyer.
  • 2. Panzer-Division - Commanded by General Rudolf Veiel. Consisted of the 2nd Panzer Brigade and 2nd Motorized Rifle Brigade.
  • 4th Light Division - Commanded by Dr. Alfred Ritter von Hubicki. Consisted of the 33rd Panzer Regiment and 9th Rifle Brigade.
  • 3rd Mountain Division - Commanded by General Eduard Dietl. Consisted of the 138th and 139th Mountain Jäger Regiments.

Slovakian Army Group Bernolak

See Slovakian army units invading Poland in 1939
  • Field Army Bernolak
  • Gen. Ferdinand Čatloš
  • Slovak 1st Infantry Division JanošÃ­k
  • Gen. Antonin Pulanich
  • Slovak 2nd Infantry Division Škultéty
  • Col. Ivan Imru, later Gen. Alexandr Čunderlik
  • Slovak 20th Infantry Division Razus
  • Gen. Augustin Malár
  • Fast Troops Group Kalinčiak
  • Col. Ivan Imru

Supporting Forces

  • Luftwaffe
  • 1st Air Fleet - Supporting Army Group South.
  • 4th Air Fleet - Supporting Army Group North.
  • Kriegsmarine - Navy Group East
  • Battleship "Schleswig-Holstein".
  • Battleship "Schleisen".

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Poland:
39 divisions,[1]
16 brigades,[1]
4,300 guns,[1]
880 tanks,
400 aircraft[2]
Total: 950,000[3] Germany:
56 divisions,
4 brigades,
9,000 guns,[2]
2,500 tanks,
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Motto: Contemnit procellas (It defies the storms)
Semper invicta (Always invincible)
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23rd Infantry Division
26th Panzer Division

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207th Infantry Division
207th Security Division

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2nd Motorized Infantry Division
12th Panzer Division

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20th Motorized Infantry Division
20th Panzergrenadier Division

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