The Armeeabteilung von Zangen was formed on 17 March 1944 from the LXXXVII. Armeekorps in northern Italy. In "Cassino to the Alps – The United States Army in World War II: The Mediterranean Theater of Operations", historian Ernest F. Fisher, Jr. described the unit:

A rear-area catchall organization…Its unconventional composition sprang from a dual function as a reservoir for replacements and theater reserves and as the responsible agency in its sector for coast-watching, construction of rear area defenses, and antipartisan warfare.

The mixed German-Italian Armee Ligurien was formed 31 July 1944 from Armeeabteilung von Zangen.

Commanders

General der Infanterie Gustav-Adolf von Zangen (17 Mar 1944 - 8 July 1944)
Generalleutnant Curt Jahn (8 July 1944 - 31 July 1944)

Chiefs of Staff

Generalmajor Walter Nagel (17 Mar 1944 - 31 July 1944)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Major Fritz von Keller (17 Mar 1944 - 25 July 1944)
Oberstleutnant Raban Freiherr von Canstein (25 July 1944 - 31 July 1944)

Order of battle (15 Apr 1944)

At the disposal of Armeeabteilung von Zangen
- 188. Reserve-Gebirgs-Division
LXXV. Armeekorps z.b.V.
- 356. Infanterie-Division
- Festungs-Brigade Almers
- 162. (Turk.) Infanterie-Division
Befehlshaber Operationszone Alpenvorland
- 1/3 278. Infanterie-Division + Festungs-Einheiten
Befehlshaber Operationszone Adriatisches Küstenland
- 2/3 278. Infanterie-Division (forming)

Order of battle (15 June 1944)

LXXV. Armeekorps
- 16. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Reichsführer-SS”
- Festungs-Brigade 135
- 42. Jäger-Division
- 19. Feld-Division (L)
Befehlshaber Venetianisches Küstenland
- Festungs-Einheiten
Befehlshaber Operationszone Adriatisches Küstenland
- Alarm-Regiment “Brandenburg”

Sources used

Research by Shawn Bohannon
Ernest F. Fisher, Jr. - Cassino to the Alps: The United States Army in World War II: The Mediterranean Theater of Operations
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

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