2nd Army (Wehrmacht)

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2. Armee
2nd Army
Coat of Arms of the 2nd GE Army II World War.svg
Active 1939–45
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Field army
Engagements World War II

The 2nd Army (German: 2. Armee Oberkommando) was a World War II field army.

Combat Chronicle[edit]

The 2nd Army was activated on 20 October 1939, with General Maximilian Reichsfreiherr von Weichs in command. First seeing service in France[citation needed], the army was involved in the invasion of the Balkans, before offensive operations in Ukraine as part of Operation Barbarossa.

In 1942 the II. Armee covered the northern wing of opération Fall Blau operating in the surroundings of Voronezh and suffered a major defeat during the Soviet winter offensive that followed the battle of Stalingrad.

In 1945 the army was redisgnated AOK Ostpreußen and was pivotal in the defence of East and West Prussia before finally surrendering on 9 May 1945.[1]

Organization of 2nd Army during operations in the Balkans[2]


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  1. ^ Beevor, Antony. Berlin: The Downfall 1945, Penguin Books, 2002, ISBN 0-670-88695-5, pp.26,49,50,88,90,115-116,119,402
  2. ^ Nafziger, George. "German 2nd Army, Invasion of the Balkans, 1 April 1941" (PDF). The Nafziger Orders of Battle Collection. United States Army Combined Arms College. Retrieved 6 December 2015.