The LVII Panzerkorps was formed from LVII Armeekorps in June 1942 and fought at Rostov and later in the Caucasus. It fought southwest of Stalingrad and later withdrew across the Don and fought at the Donets and later a Kursk. It withdrew to the Romanian border before being attached to the 3rd Hungarian Army and transferred to southern Hungary. It fought in the battle for Budapest and ended the war in Silesia.

Commanders

General der Panzertruppen Friedrich Kirchner (21 June 1942 - 30 Nov 1943)
Unknown (1) (01 Dec 1943 - 19 Feb 1944) m.d.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Friedrich Kirchner (19 Feb 1944 - 24 May 1944)
General der Infanterie Dr Franz Beyer (25 May 1944 - 02 June 1944) m.d.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Friedrich Kirchner (02 June 1944 - 08 May 1945)

Area of operations

Eastern front, southern sector (June 1942 - July 1944)
Southern Hungary (July 1944 - Jan 1945)
Silesia (Feb 1945 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Arko 121
Korps-Nachrichten Abteilung 457
Korps-Nachschub Truppen 457

Notable members

Hans-Karl Freiherr von Esebeck (Active in the resistance against Hitler)
Joachim Ziegler (Served in the corps staff, later division-commander in the Waffen-SS)

Footnotes

1. Some sources indicate that General der Panzertruppen Hans-Karl Freiherr von Esebeck commanded at this time however, he was in command of LVIII Reserve-Panzerkorps at the time.

Sources used

Microfilm Publication A-3356, German Officer Personnel files, NARA
Roger James Bender & Warren W Odegard - Uniforms, Organization and History of the Panzertruppe
Dermot Bradley, Karl-Friedrich Hildebrand, Markus Rövekamp - Die Generale des Heeres 1921-1945
François de Lannoy & Josef Charita - Panzertruppen: German armored troops 1935-1945
Wolf Keilig - Die Generale des Heeres
Andris Kursietis - Die Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945
French MacLean - The Unknown Generals, German Corps Commanders of WWII
Kurt Mehner - Die Deutsche Wehrmacht 1939-1945: Führung und Truppe
Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr - The Panzer Legions: A Guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of World War II and Their Commanders
Friedrich Wilhelm Von Mellenthin - German Generals of WWII
Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr - The Panzer Legions: A Guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of World War II and Their Commanders
Günter Wegmann & Christian Zweng - Formationsgeschichte u. Stellenbesetzung der deutschen Streitkräfte, 1815 - 1990, Teile IV, Abt. 1:  Die Dienststellen, Kommandobehörden u. Truppenteile des Heeres, Oct.35 - May.45
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Mark C. Yerger - Waffen-SS Commanders: The army, corps and divisional leaders of a legend (2 vol)

Reference material on this unit

Hans Wijers - Durch! ...zu den Kameraden!: Die Entsatzoffensive des LVII. Panzerkorps auf Stalingrad 12.12.1942 - 24.12.1942
Hans Wijers - Storm Over the Steppe: The Actions of 6 Panzer-Division during the attempt by LVII Panzerkorps to relieve the Stalingrad Cauldron 1942

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