XLVII Panzer Corps

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XLVII Panzer Corps (also: 47th Panzer Corps or XXXXVII. Panzerkorps or XXXXVII Panzer Corps) was a corps of the German Army in World War II that was formerly designated as XLVII Corps[notes 1]. Various formations of the corps fought in the French campaign of 1940, in the Russian campaign from 1941 to 1944, and on the Western Front from June 1944 until April 1945.

Initial Formation[edit]

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

Organization as of 10 Dec 1940[edit]

Army Group C Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb
11th Army Generaoberst Eugen Ritter von Schobert
XLVII Corps (Motorized) Joachim Lemelsen
14th Infantry Division
19th Panzer Division
20th Panzer Division
4th Panzer Division
20th Infantry Division (Motorized)

Eastern Front[edit]

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

Organization as of 22 June 1941[edit]

Army Group Center Generalfeldmarschall Fedor von Bock
Panzer Group 2 Generaoberst Heinz Guderian
XLVII Corps (Motorized) Joachim Lemelsen
29th Infantry Division (Motorized)
17th Panzer Division
18th Panzer Division
167th Infantry Division

Western Front[edit]

Thereafter, the corps fought on the Western Front. The corps took part in the Mortain offensive, and attacked into the central Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. Retitled Armee-Abteilung Lüttwitz in April 1945, the corps surrendered with other German troops in the Ruhr Pocket to the U.S. Army.[3]

Organization as of 16 September 1944[edit]

Army Group G Generaoberst Johannes Blaskowitz
5th Panzer Army General der Panzertruppe Hasso von Manteuffel
XLVII Panzer Corps General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz
21st Panzer Division
111th Panzer Brigade
112th Panzer Brigade
113th Panzer Brigade


Citations[edit]

  1. ^ www.lexicon-der-wehrmacht.de
  2. ^ Georg Tessin, "Generalkommando XLVII. Panzerkorps", from CDROM published by VMD as Organisationsgeschichte der deutschen Wehrmacht
  3. ^ www.lexicon-der-wehrmacht.de

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ XLVII Corps (motorized)

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