Ruhr Pocket

German campaigns and battles 1919-1945.

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Ruhr Pocket

Post by Doug Batson » Tue Oct 08, 2002 7:31 pm


Would anyone have a list of the divisions and corps (including commanders, if available) of the units that surrendered in the Ruhr pocket? Also, I've read somewhere that an Admiral was also taken prisoner. Would anyone know who that was?

Thanks for your help.


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Post by Stefan » Wed Oct 09, 2002 8:43 am

Kriegsgliederung of Heeresgruppe B from 12 April 1945 according to Willi Mues, "Der große Kessel"

Heeresgruppe B
Oberbefehlshaber: GFM Model
Chef des Generalstabes: GM Wagener
General der Artillerie: GL Thoholte
General der Pioniere: GM von Ahlfen

5. Panzerarmee
Oberbefehlshaber: GO Harpe
Chef des Generalstabes: GM von Mellenthin

XII. SS-Armeekorps: GL Crasemann
59. Infanteriedivision (?)
3. Fallschirmjägerdivision: O Hummel
363. Volksgrenadierdivision: GM Weber

LVIII. Panzerkorps: GL Botsch
62. Volksgrenadierdivision: O Heilmann
353. Volksgrenadierdivision: O Koppenwallner
12. Volksgrenadierdivision: GM Engel
9. Panzerdivision: O Zollenkopf
183. Volksgrenadierdivision: O Warrelmann

15. Armee
Oberbefehlshaber: GdInf von Zangen
Chef des Generalstabes: O Reinhard
Artilleriekommandeur: GL Burdach
Pionierführer: GL Wirtz

LXXIV. Armeekorps: GdInf Püchler
272. Infanteriedivision: GM König
338. Infanteriedivision: GM Ewert
176. Volksgrenadierdivision: GM Landau
3. Panzergrenadierdivision: GM Denkert
Panzerlehrdivision: O Freiherr von Hauser

LXXXI. Armeekorps: GL Köchling

Armeeabteilung von Lüttwitz
Befehlshaber: GdPzTr Freiherr von Lüttwitz
Chef des Generalstabes: OTL Graf von Bernsdorff

LIII. Armeekorps: GL Bayerlein
180. Infanteriedivision: GM Klosterkemper
190. Infanteriedivision: GL Hammer
116. Panzerdivision: GM von Waldenburg

LXIII. Armeekorps: GdInf Abraham
Division "Hamburg": GL Steinmüller
Division Nr. 476: O Hüllen

III. Flakkorps: GL von Rantzau
2. Flakdivision: O Laicher
22. Flakdivision: GM Römer
7. Flakdivision: GM Ehrhard

Konteradmiral Werner Scheer, Kommandeur des Wehrbezirkskommandos Essen I, and various other general officers were also trapped in the Kessel

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Re: Ruhr Pocket

Post by RandJS » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:12 am


Breathing life into a long ago thread. Does anyone have any information on the combat strength of the divisions trapped in the Ruhr Pocket at the end of the war? Troop strength, armor strength, artillery?

Thanks in advance for any information.


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