German Ground Forces of World War II: Complete Orders of Battle for Army Groups, Armies, Army Corps, and Other Senior Operational Commands of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS, September 1, 1939, to May 8, 1945

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November 2019
Hardcover, 7 x 10
Photos, map, 548 pp.
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 FROM STONE & STONE: "After decades of effort, William McCroden and Thomas Nutter . . . have accomplished that seemingly impossible task. Working from primary German documents as much as possible, sources practically primary in nature (such as Tessin), and secondary sources ranging from extremely important to rather tangential, the authors have assembled what must rank as the most complete OB for German headquarters published on paper in English." Click HERE for the full review.

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With a lengthy and very special Foreword by award-winning WWII author Col. David M. Glantz.

The ultimate reference guide/OOB you have been waiting for. 

German Ground Forces of World War II offers the first comprehensive order of battle for German ground troops throughout the Second World War, from the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, to the destruction of the last remnants of Germany’s Wehrmacht and Waffen SS in Berlin in 1945. Unlike similar works, these orders of battle are dynamic, and so account for the continuously changing character of Germany’s ground forces at war.

This massive new reference work by McCroden and Nutter, broken up in sections including Theater Commands, Army Groups, Armies, and Corps Commands, presents a detailed analysis of each corresponding order of battle for every German field formation above division. Additional new ground is broken by also describing the orders of battle of the myriad German and Axis satellite formations assigned to security commands throughout occupied Europe and the combat zones, as well as those attached to fortress commands and to the commanders of German occupation forces in Eastern and Western Europe. An accompanying narrative describes the career of each field formation and includes the background and experience of many of their most famous commanding officers.

For the first time, readers can follow the career of every German division, corps, army, and army group as the German armed forces shifted units to and from theaters of war, from the period of triumphant successes to the years of grinding defensive warfare and eventual defeat.




William T. McCroden is a native of suburban Cleveland, Ohio, and has also lived in Michigan, Florida, and Oregon. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam era, has an associate’s degree, and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs. William spent decades researching the orders of battle of the German armed forces in the Second World War. He is married to the former Marsha Prouty and lives in Fairview Park, Ohio, with their six cats. Thomas E. Nutter recently retired after practicing intellectual property law for more than thirty years. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds master’s and doctorate degrees in military history and devotes most of his time to researching and writing about Germany and the German armed forces. In addition to various essays, Tom reviews for The New York Journal of Books. He lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, with his wife Shawn, their youngest son Maxwell, and their German Shepherds Caesar and Cleopatra. His work also appears on his website