The Panzergruppe 4 was formed on 17 February 1941 from the XVI Armeekorps (mot). It was redesignated 4. Panzerarmee on 1 January 1942.

Commanders

Generaloberst Erich Hoepner (15 Feb 1941 - 31 Dec 1941)

Chief of Staff

Oberst Walter Chales de Beaulieu (17 Feb 1941 - 1 Jan 1942)

Operations Officer (Ia)

Major Joachim von Schön-Angerer (17 Feb 1941 - 1 Jan 1942)

Area of operations

France (Feb 1941 - June 1941)
Eastern front, northern sector (June 1941 - Sep 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (Sep 1941 - Dec 1941)

Order of battle (27 June 1941)

LVI. Armeekorps (mot)
- 8. Panzer-Division
- SS-Totenkopf-Division
- 290. Infanterie-Division
- 3. Infanterie-Division (mot)
XXXXI. Armeekorps (mot)
- 6. Panzer-Division
- 1. Panzer-Division
- 36. Infanterie-Division (mot)
- 269. Infanterie-Division

Order of battle (3 Sep 1941)

L. Armeekorps
- Polizei-Division
- 269. Infanterie-Division
XXXXI. Armeekorps (mot)
- 8. Panzer-Division
- 1. Panzer-Division
- 6. Panzer-Division
- 36. Infanterie-Division (mot)

Notable members

Erich Hoepner (Active in the resistance against Hitler and executed after the failure of the July 20 Plot)

SS-Brigadeführer Walter Krüger, commander of 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division, and Generaloberst Erich Hoepner discussing in October 1941
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Sources used

Research by Shawn Bohannon
François de Lannoy & Josef Charita - Panzertruppen: German armored troops 1935-1945
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

Walter Chales de Beaulieu - Der Vorstoß der Panzergruppe 4 auf Leningrad 1941

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