63rd Corps (German Empire)

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63rd Corps (Bavarian)
(Generalkommando zbV 63 (Bayern))
Stab eines Generalkommandos.svg
Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
Active January 1917-1919
Country  German Empire
Branch Army
Engagements World War I
Disbanded 1919

The 63rd Corps (Bavarian) (German: Generalkommando zbV 63 (Bayern)) was a corps formation of the German Army in World War I. It was formed in January 1917 and was still in existence at the end of the war.[1]

Chronicle[edit]

The 63rd[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).

63rd Corps was still in existence at the end of the war.[6]

Commanders[edit]

The 63rd Corps was commanded throughout its existence by Bavarian Generalleutnant (General der Infanterie from 17 January 1917[7]) Albert von Schoch.[8][9]

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. ^ "Biography on The Prussian Machine". Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Prussian Machine, GenKdo". Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "German War History". Retrieved 30 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.