17th Army (Wehrmacht)

The 17th Army / Army High Command 17 (AOK 17 ) was a major unit of the Army of the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. She was supreme command each alternating Army Corps as well as many special forces.


The Army High Command 17 was on 20 December 1940 at Military District II, Stettin, placed to the sum earmarked for the Balkan campaign AOK 12 to replace the General Government. During the attack on the Soviet Union, the army has been deployed as part of Army Group South and participated in the Battle of Uman boiler and the Battle of Kiev in part. The army were there troops of the allies Hungary assumed ( motorized corps ) and Slovakia, even temporarily, the Italian expeditionary force.

1942 was followed by participation in the battle of Kharkov, and the German summer offensive (Operation Edelweiss), in which they pushed forward as part of the newly formed Army Group B in the western Caucasus. In August and September 1942, she was designated as Army Group Ruoff due to the temporary subordination of the 3rd Romanian Army. Also in the following years until 1944 remained subject to a considerable extent their Romanian associations.

After the withdrawal from the Caucasus, the army fought in 1943 in the Kuban bridgehead, which had to be vacated in October 1943, with the army withdrew to the Crimea. The army was destroyed in May 1944 by the Red Army during the Battle of the Crimea and then re- erected at Army Group South Ukraine. By the end of the war they fought in Galicia, the Eastern Carpathians and last in Silesia, where they surrendered after the Battle of Breslau against the Red Army.


  • Army Group B ( January-April 1941)
  • Army Group A (May 1941)
  • Army Group South ( June 1941-July 1942 )
  • Army Group A ( August 1942-March 1944 )
  • Army Group South Ukraine ( April-July 1944)
  • Army Group North Ukraine ( August-September 1944)
  • Army Group A ( October 1944-January 1945 )
  • Army Group Centre ( February-May 1945)

Supreme Commander