The XXXXI Panzerkorps was formed in July 1942 when XXXXI Armeekorps was redesignated. It fought at Bely, in the anti-partisan operations at Nikitinka, Yartsevo, Vyazma and Dukhovshchina. It fought at Smolensk, Kromy and Bryansk in March 1943 and Sevsk, Trubchersk and Ponyri in April 1943. It later fought at Kursk 1943, it was nearly destroyed at Bobruisk in June 1944 and after rebuilting it fought the soviet counter-offensive withdrawing to East Prussia. It remained there until March 1945 when it was sent to the Havel where it surrendered to the western Allies at the end of the war.


General der Panzertruppen Josef Harpe (10 July 1942 - 15 Oct 1943)
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling (15 Oct 1943 - 31 Jan 1944)
Generalleutnant Ehrenfried Boege (01 Feb 1944 - 10 Mar 1944) i.V.
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling (11 Mar 1944 - 20 Jun 1944)
Generalleutnant Edmund Hoffmeister (20 June 1944 - 1 July 1944) m.d.F.b. (1)
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling (01 July 1944 - 20 Jul 1944)
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling (13 Aug 1944 - 10 Apr 1945)
Generalleutnant Wend von Wietersheim (10 Apr 1945 - 19 Apr 1945) (2)
Generalleutnant Rudolf Holste (19 Apr 1945 - 8 May 1945) m.d.F.b.

Area of operations

Eastern front, central sector (July 1942 - Dec 1944)
East Prussia (Dec 1944 - Mar 1945)
Berlin (Mar 1945 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Arko 441
Korps-Nachrichten Abteilung 441
Korps-Nachschub Truppen 441
Ost-Bataillon 441
Schwere Granatwerfer Bataillon 441


1. Generalleutnant Edmund Hoffmeister captured near Svisloch.
2. Generalleutnant Wend von Wietersheim was unable to undertake the command.

Sources used

Microfilm Publication A-3356, German Officer Personnel files, NARA
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