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11th SS Panzer Army

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11th SS Panzer Army
ActiveNovember 1944 - February 1945
Country Nazi Germany
RoleArmoured warfare
EngagementsWorld War II
Felix Steiner

The 11th SS Panzer Army (SS-Panzer-Armeeoberkommando 11) was not much more than a paper army formed in February 1945 by Heinrich Himmler while he was commander of Army Group Vistula.

The military historian Antony Beevor wrote that when the 11th SS Panzer Army was created the available units at best could constitute a corps, "'But panzer army' observed Hans-Georg Eismann 'has a better ring to it'". It also allowed Himmler to promote SS officers to senior staff and field commands within the formation. Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner was named its commander.[1] The Army was officially listed as the 11th Army but it was also known as SS Panzer-Armeeoberkommando 11[2] and is often referred to in English as the 11th SS Panzer Army.

After taking part in Operation Solstice (a counter-attack) east of the Oder River during February 1945, the 11th was assigned to OB West and reorganized in March 1945. Many of the units formerly subordinated to the 11th SS Panzer Army were transferred to the 3rd Panzer Army and other units were assigned to the 11th Army for operations against the Western Allies. After defending the Weser River and the Harz Mountains, the 11th surrendered to the Western Allies on 21 April.[2]

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Order of battle

February 1945

By 5 February the 11th, subordinated to Army Group Vistula, had the following units assigned to it:[2]

March, 1945

By 1 March the Eleventh, subordinated to Army Group Vistula had no units assigned to it.[2]

April 1945

By 12 April the Eleventh was directly subordinated to OB West and had the following units assigned to it.[2]

See also


  • Tessin, Georg. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939 - 1945 Volume 3
  • Beevor, Antony. Berlin: The Downfall 1945, Penguin Books, 2002, ISBN 0-670-88695-5


  1. ^ Beevor p.88
  2. ^ a b c d e Tessin p.194

This page was last edited on 27 June 2017, at 20:58
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