Army Group C

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Army Group C
Heeresgruppe C
Active1939–41, 1943–45
Disbanded2 May 1945
Country Nazi Germany
Albert Kesselring

Army Group C (in German, Heeresgruppe C or HGr C) was an army group of the German Wehrmacht during the Second World War.


Army Group C was formed from Army Group 2 in Frankfurt on 26 August 1939. It initially commanded all troops on Germany’s western front but after the Polish campaign it was reduced to commanding the southern half of the western front, overseeing the frontal breakthrough through the Maginot Line during June 1940. At the end of the battle of France it moved back to Germany then – under the cover name "Section Staff East Prussia" – moved to East Prussia on 20 April 1941. On 21 June 1941 it was renamed Army Group North.

It was re-formed on 26 November 1943 by being again separated from the staff of Supreme Commander South (Luftwaffe) and put in command of the southwestern front and the Italian Campaign. On 2 May 1945 Army Group C surrendered.



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