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One thing I should add about the lists of unit commanders: the book had to be frozen in time several years back so the publisher's contract copy guy could work it into the space saving format in which it was published, so no more amendments could be made. Now I have found much info to update the commanders of all units from divisions to theater commands in the meantime, and if you as a buyer of my book see some-thing in a unit's command that isn't complete you can contact me at [email protected] because I have the current updates that our superstars such as Askropp, Dieter, Histan, Iggy88, etc. have posted in the Axis Biographical Research subforum.genstab wrote: ↑Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:26 amAfter working on the research since 1985 and getting the contract from SavasBeatie in 2013, my book (coauthored by Dr. Tom Nutter who wrote the unit history capsules)," German Ground Forces Orders of Battle, World War II" finally came out this month. The primary sources are the schematic O/Bs in the KTB-OKW and "Die Geheimen Tagesberichte", buttressed by some 170 secondary sources in the Bibliography. I added an additional feature to all the Corps O/Bs (as well as when divisions appeared in any higher command's reserve) by noting the next superior command for any division not appearing in the next O/B. This was a lot of trouble but essentially allows any division to be followed through the war.
I was aided by a few kind souls such as Bill Russ, who provided me with some Army Group O/Bs from the May 1940 Battle for France (the official OKH O/Bs didn't start till June). Tessin covered the period from Sept 1939 in his Army O/Bs and I received a few scattered Army O/Bs for various periods of the war from helpful people. I was very fortunate to have a Foreword written by Col. David Glantz in return for providing him a manuscript set of the work in five loose leaf binders which he used to flesh out the German side in his Stalingrad trilogy; he also gave me credit as an unpublished manuscript in his Bibliography in one volume and mentioned my work in the Foreword of another. He's quite a guy.
One thing I learned in researching the sequential commanders of the units from division up: the most authoritative primary source is the unit's KTB. Every time a commander is relieved, temporary or permanent, it is noted in the unit war diary. German orders, assignments, Generalskarteis, Beurteilungen, fernschreiben, etc. are often NOT the date of reporting or departing but usually the date of reassignment; travel time and leave may be involved.
Dr. Nutter and I are working on a second volume to cover all the ground divisions. Sure hope this one doesn't take as long. I do have a pretty good handle on their commanders though, having worked them along with the first volume's. But there are holes where generals were sick or on leave and then the stellvertreter has to be found.
Bill in Cleveland