64th Corps (German Empire)
|64th Corps (Württemberg)
(Generalkommando zbV 64 (Württemberg))
Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
|Engagements||World War I|
The 64th Corps (Württemberg) (German: Generalkommando zbV 64 (Württemberg)) 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.
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. These new Corps were designated General Commands for Special Use (German: Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung).
The units assigned were lower quality Landwehr and Cavalry Schützen Divisions indicative of the relatively quiet sector that the Armee-Abteilung was operating in, on the extreme southern end of the Western Front
- Armee-Abteilung or Army Detachment in the sense of "something detached from an Army". It is not under the command of an Army so is in itself a small Army.
- Armee-Gruppe or Army Group in the sense of a group within an Army and under its command, generally formed as a temporary measure for a specific task.
- Heeresgruppe or Army Group in the sense of a number of armies under a single commander.
- Cron 2002, p. 89
- Note that Corps (z.b.V.) were designated with Arabic, not Roman, numerals.
- General Commands for Special Use Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.)
- Cron 2002, p. 89
- Cron 2002, p. 87
- Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 187
- "The Prussian Machine, GenKdo". Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "German War History". Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- Cron 2002, p. 84