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I think you are right, IMO.Just a thought! Could this fledgling headquarters “A” have been formed along the Holland border (10 days after the initial Polish invasion), with Gen.Obst. Hammerstein as it’s “figurehead” commander (only C.O. for 11 days!), then transferred to Poland in mid-October, where ex X (10) AK commander Gen.W.Ulex took it over?
That´s indeed most curious. I think the above text is right, but the 2nd text is wrong. Oberost (II) was a newly created staff created on 20.10.1939 which became 9th Army on 14.05.1940.Armeeabteilung “A”[10.0.39-13.10.39, an der holländischen Grenze, umgebildet in Mil.Bfh. Krakau/Grenzabschnitt Süd in Polen, dann Ob.Ost, wurde Mil.Bfh.i.Gen.Gouv./Wehrm.Bfh.Gen.Gouv./Bfh.Gen.Gouv.
[13.10.39-1.5.40, nach Lagenbericht ab 9.10. Gef.Std. in Krakau; aus Arm.Abt.A und Mil.Bfh.Krakau, ab 20.10.39 zugleich Oberost, nach Ablösung der in den Westen verlegten und in H.Gr.A umben. H.Gr.Süd/Oberost, Stab bildete AOK 9]
Stauffenberg wrote: PS: Shadow, You remember our discussion regarding Oberost on 10.05.1940. I stated that Blaskowitz was Oberost until 14.05.1940. A further source I found is stating that he was Oberost (II) until 30.04.1940, Führerreserve 01.05.1940-14.05.1940 and retook command of Oberost (II) on 14.05.1940 to rename Oberost (II) 9th Army. In the meantime Gienanth (Höh. Kdo. XXXVI) also led Oberost (II) from 01.05.1940-14.05.1940 while still being Cdr. Höh. Kdo. XXXVI (until 14.05.1940). On 14.05.1940 he took Grenzschutz Süd to rename it Oberost (III). So maybe Gienanth is a fair guess for being Oberost on 10.05.1940, too.