66th Corps (German Empire)
(Generalkommando zbV 66)
Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
|Active||9 May 1917-1919|
|Engagements||World War I|
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).
|General der Infanterie Ludwig von Held||15 April 1917||3 February 1918|
|Generalleutnant Adolf von der Esch||3 February 1918||22 September 1918|
|Generalleutnant Walter von Bergmann||22 September 1918||end of the war|
- 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". Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "German War History". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Cron 2002, p. 84
- 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.