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German WWII Organizational Series
Leo W.G. Niehorster
 
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  1/I   01.09.1939   Mechanized Army Formations and Waffen-SS Formations - (3rd Revised Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  1/II-1   01.09.1939   1st and 2nd Welle Army Infantry Divisions - (1st Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  1/II-2   01.09.1939   3rd and 4th Welle Army Infantry Divisions - (1st Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  1/III   01.09.1939   Higher Headquarters — GHQ Units — Static Units - (2nd Revised Edition, dated 20.07.2007)
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  2/I   10.05.1940   Mechanized Army Formations and Waffen-SS Formations - (2nd Revised Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  2/II   10.05.1940   Higher Headquarters and Mechanized GHQ Units - (2nd Revised Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  3/I   22.06.1941   Mechanized Army Divisions - (2nd Revised Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  3/II   22.06.1941   Higher Headquarters and Mechanized GHQ Units - (2nd Revised Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  3/III   22.06.1941   Waffen-SS Mechanized Formations and GHQ Service Units - (1st Edition, dated 20.06.2008)
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  3/V   22.06.1941   Military Government, Security, and Provost Marshal Forces; Prisoner-of-War Administration - (1st Edition, dated 20.01.2010)
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  4/I   28.06.1942   Mechanized Army Divisions - (2nd Revised Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  4/II   28.06.1942   Mechanized GHQ Units and Waffen-SS Formations - (1st Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  5/I   04.07.1943   Mechanized Army Divisions - (1st Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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  5/II   04.07.1943   Higher Headquarters and Mechanized GHQ Units - (1st Edition, dated 08.09.2008)
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  5/III   04.07.1943   Waffen-SS Higher Headquarters and Mechanized Formations - (1st Edition, dated 28.07.2007)
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Description
Each volume is full of information packed pages, including
— Authentic Organizational Diagrams
— Detailed Unit Organizations
— Contemporary Organizational Symbols
— Complete Orders of Battle
— Authorized Tables of Organization
— Extensive Sources and References

The series consists of a modular system of books, dealing in detail with the German Armed Forces ground combat units in World War II. It is designed so that the interested reader can select those volumes of interest to him without having to purchase an entire, very expensive book.

The data presented in the books is based on the official German tables of organization (Kriegsstärkenachweisung), orders of battle (Kriegsgliederung), and Army Publications (Heeresdienstvorschrift). Material in archives in various countries has been extensively researched.

The first part of each volume consists of an introduction, an explanation of the diagrams and the accompanying text to be presented, a discussion of tables of organization, a discussion of German organizational symbols, several pages depicting and explaining organizational symbols, an order of battle for the corresponding date, as well as a table explaining or translating the abbreviations used.

The main part of each mechanized Army divisions book starts out with divisional diagrams, (one division per page), followed by a series of diagrams for each type of sub-unit (brigade, regiment, or battalion), with accompanying text explaining the interior structure and the composition of these units, (detachments, sections, platoons, etc.), including vehicles, main equipment and weapons. Where available, AFV strengths have been listed. In some cases, even the exact AFV composition (number and types of tanks) of individual tank companies has been found for certain dates. In volume 1/I authorized strengths in accordance with the mobilization order of 1939 have been included for each division. Other volumes also detail the AFV strengths in detail.

The mechanized Waffen-SS formations are detailed in the same manner as the Army mechanized divisions.

The main part of each mechanized GHQ units book starts out with GHQ unit diagrams with accompanying text explaining the interior structure and the composition of the units, including vehicles, main equipment, and arms. Orders of battle and assignments of GHQ units have been detailed. Particular equipment and its use is explained. Specifications of the antitank and artillery weapons are included on each relevant page. Where available, AFV strengths have been listed.

The main part of each Army and Waffen-SS formation book covers the non-motorized brigades and divisions. Contrary to the mechanized formations, the infantry, light, and 'Jäger' formations are not depicted individually but by 'Welle' type. I.e., each 'Welle' has one typical divisional diagram. Deviations from the norm are detailed in tables. Mountain, ski, and cavalry formations are dealt with in a similar manner. The subunits are depicted in a series of diagrams using official German organizational figure symbols, (pictograms).

The Higher Headquarters parts cover the Army Group, Armies, and the various Corps. Directly assigned subunits of are covered in the normal way.

In all cases, the diagrams are accompanied by text explaining the interior structure and the composition of the units depicted, including vehicles, main equipment, and arms.

The last part of all books have a discussion as well as a listing of vehicles and trailers used by the German Armed Forces and Waffen-SS, a bilingual listing of unnumbered motor vehicles, numbered motor vehicles (Kfz.),special motor vehicles (Sd.Kfz.) — which encompasses almost all the armored fighting vehicles — including the main weapon and authorized ammunition storage, and trailers (Sd.Ah.). Those books dealing with non-motorized units include a list of horse-drawn equipment (Hf., If., etc.), personnel job descriptions, and so on.

Each book is rounded off with of a comprehensive listing of sources and references. The published material contained in this section indicates publications which were consulted, (although not necessarily used), and is basically meant to assist the reader in familiarizing himself with the subject of the German units of the period.
       
Further books originally planned, but will not be published.
  7/I 06.06.1944   Mechanized Army Formations
       
    22.06.1941   Armored Trains
  Railroad Artillery
  Railroad Troops
  Railroad Engineers
    28.06.1942   Mechanized Waffen-SS Formations
  Army Divisions
  GHQ Service Units
  Static Units
      04.07.1943   Army Divisions
  GHQ Service Units
      01.11.1943   Mechanized Army Formations
  Mechanized GHQ Units
  Mechanized Waffen-SS Formations
  Army Divisions
  Static Units
  Higher Headquarters
  GHQ Service Units
    06.06.1944   Mechanized Army Formations
  Mechanized GHQ Units
  Mechanized Waffen-SS Formations
  Army Divisions
  Static Units
  Higher Headquarters
  GHQ Service Units
    16.12.1944   Mechanized Army Formations
  Mechanized GHQ Units
  Mechanized Waffen-SS Formations
  Army Divisions
  Static Units
  Higher Headquarters
  GHQ Service Units
    1939 — 45   Luftwaffen Ground Combat Forces
    1944 — 45   The 1944 Brigades
    1939 — 45   Organization Handbook
 
All volumes are available in hardback and softback editions
 
Key:
Mechanized Army Divisions: Panzer; Light Mechanized; Afrika; Infantry (motorized); Panzergrenadier Divisions
Mechanized GHQ Units: Motorized, Armored or Self-Propelled GHQ Companies, Battalions, Regiments and Brigades
Mechanized Waffen-SS Formations: Panzer; Motorized Infantry; Infantry (motorized); Panzergrenadier Brigades and Divisions
Army and Waffen-SS Formations: Non-motorized Infantry; Light; Jäger; Mountain; Ski; Cavalry Brigades and Divisions
Higher Headquarters: Army and Waffen-SS Infantry, Mountain, Cavalry, Motorized, Panzer Corps; Armies and Army Groups
GHQ and Waffen-SS Units: Non-motorized GHQ Companies, Battalions, Regiments and Brigades; including armored trains and railroad artillery
Luftwaffe Ground Combat Forces: Anti-Aircraft Units; GG/HG Formations; Airborne Formations; Luftwaffe Infantry Formations; etc.
 
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