OB Süd

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The Commander in Chief in the South (Oberbefehlshaber Süd) (German: initials OB Süd) commanded all Luftwaffe units based in the Mediterranean and North African theatre in World War II. The command was subordinate to the Italian High Command (Comando Supremo). OB Süd was also the commander of Luftflotte 2.

Commanding officers[edit]

Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Albert Kesselring
Kesselring, AlbertGeneralfeldmarschall
Albert Kesselring
(1885–1960)
2 December 194110 March 19453 years, 98 days
2
Heinrich von Vietinghoff
Vietinghoff, HeinrichGeneraloberst
Heinrich von Vietinghoff
(1887–1952)
11 March 19452 May 194552 days
3
Siegfried Westphal
Westphal, SiegfriedGeneral der Kavallerie
Siegfried Westphal
(1902–1982)
(appointed by Allied high command
for the duration of the demobilization in Bavaria and Austria)
6 May 1945December 19472 years, 209 days

Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Hans Seidemann
Seidemann, HansOberst
Hans Seidemann
(1901–1967)
2 December 194131 July 1942241 days
2
Paul Deichmann
Deichmann, PaulGeneralmajor
Paul Deichmann
(1898–1981)
25 August 194212 June 1943291 days
3
Siegfried Westphal
Westphal, SiegfriedGeneralmajor
Siegfried Westphal
(1902–1982)
15 June 194316 November 1943154 days

Operations Officers (Ia)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Siegfried Westphal
Westphal, SiegfriedGeneralmajor
Siegfried Westphal
(1902–1982)
1 February 194315 June 1943134 days