The 6th Panzer Army (6.Panzer-Armee) was a unit of Wehrmacht Heer, formed in the Autumn of 1944. The 6th Panzer Army is best noted for its leading role in the Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945). On 2 April 1945, it was transferred to the Waffen-SS. The 6th Panzer Army then became known as 6th SS Panzer Army (6.SS-Panzerarmee).
Although it didn't receive the SS designation until after the Battle of the Bulge, the SS designation came into general use in military history literature after the Second World War for the formation as assembled prior to that campaign.
After the Ardennes Offensive, the 6th SS Panzer Army was transferred to Hungary.
On 8 May 1945, the 6th SS Panzer Army was in Austria in the area between Vienna and Linz.
- SS-Oberstgruppenführer Josef Dietrich - 26 October 1944 to 8 May 1945 - Dietrich was captured by the Americans on 12 May 1945
Order of battle - Ardennes OffensiveEdit
Direct command of 6.SS Panzerarmee:
2 Flak Division - Kdr:Oberst Fritz Laicher
246 Volks-Grenadier Division (reserve for Amree, 19.12.44) Kdr:Generalmajor Peter Korte
LXVII Armee Korps:
Kdr:General der Infanterie Otto Hitzfeld
272 Volks-Grenadier Division - Generalleutnant Eugen Konig
326 Volks-Grenadier Division - Kdr:Generalmajor Dr.Erwin Kaschner
LXVI Armee Korps:
Kdr:General der Artillerie Walther Lucht
12 Volks-Grenadier Division - Kdr:Generalleutnant Gerhard Engel
62 Volks-Grenadier Division - Kdr:Generalmajor Fritz Warnecke
560 Volks-Grenadier Division - Kdr:Generalmajor Rudolf Bader
Kdr:General der Infanterie Hans Felber
18 Volks-Grenadier Division (1.1.45 attached) - Kdr:Generalmajor Gunther Hoffman-Schonborn
62 Volks-Grenadier Division (1.1.45 attached)- Kdr:Generalmajor Fritz Warnecke
Order of battle (31 Mar 1945)Edit
- Kampfgruppe 356th Infantry Division
- I. SS-Panzerkorps
- II. SS-Panzerkorps
- Trevor N. Dupuy, David L. Bongard, Richard C. Anderson Jr., Hitler's Last Gamble, The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945,1994, Harper Collins, pg 504. 1994. ISBN 0-06-016627-4.
- Axis History