62nd Corps (German Empire)

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62nd Corps
(Generalkommando zbV 62)
Stab eines Generalkommandos.svg
Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
Active January 1917-October 1918
Country  German Empire
Branch Army
Engagements World War I
Disbanded October 1918

The 62nd Corps (German: Generalkommando zbV 62) was a corps formation of the German Army in World War I. It was formed in January 1917 and dissolved in October 1918.[1]

Chronicle[edit]

The 62nd[2] Corps (z.b.V.)[3] was formed in January 1917.[4]

With the onset of trench warfare, the German Army recognised that it was no longer possible to maintain the traditional Corps unit, that is, one made up of two divisions. Whereas at some times (and in some places) a Corps of two divisions was sufficient, at other times 5 or 6 divisions were necessary. Therefore, under the Hindenburg regime (from summer 1916), new Corps headquarters were created without organic divisions.[5] These new Corps were designated General Commands for Special Use (German: Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung).

The 62nd Corps was dissolved in October 1918.[6]

Commanders[edit]

The 62nd Corps had the following commanders during its existence:[7][8]

Commander From To
Generalleutnant Richard von Webern 15 December 1916 19 February 1918
Generalleutnant Paul Fleck 19 February 1918 23 October 1918

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cron 2002, p. 89
  2. ^ Note that Corps (z.b.V.) were designated with Arabic, not Roman, numerals.
  3. ^ General Commands for Special Use Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.)
  4. ^ Cron 2002, p. 89
  5. ^ Cron 2002, p. 87
  6. ^ Cron 2002, p. 89
  7. ^ "The Prussian Machine, GenKdo". Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "German War History". Retrieved 29 October 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cron, Hermann (2002). Imperial German Army 1914-18: Organisation, Structure, Orders-of-Battle [first published: 1937]. Helion & Co. ISBN 1-874622-70-1. 
  • Ellis, John; Cox, Michael (1993). The World War I Databook. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85410-766-6.