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The XXXXVI Panzerkorps was formed from XXXXVI Armeekorps in May 1941 and took part in Operation Barbarossa and fought at Kiev, Putivl, Vyazma and Volokolamsk. It later fought at Rusa-Volokolamsk, Rzhev, Vyazma and Yelnya before fighting in Operation "Zitadelle" (Kursk). It withdrew to the Svin area in September 1943 and to Mozyr in Dec.
It was transferred to the southern sector in January 1944 and fought at Vinnitsa and later on the Niester. It withdrew into Poland and ended the war in Pomerania surrendering to the British forces.

Commanders

General der Infanterie Hans Zorn (14 Jun 1942 - 20 Nov 1942)
Generalleutnant Hans-Karl von Esebeck (20 Nov 1942 - 20 Jun 1943) m.d.F.b.
General der Infanterie Hans Zorn (20 Jun 1943 - 02 Aug 1943) (1)
Generalleutnant Hans Gollnick (05 Aug 1943 - 30 Sep 1943) m.d.F.b.
General der Infanterie Hans Gollnick (01 Oct 1943 - 21 Mar 1944)
General der Infanterie Friedrich Schulz (22 Mar 1944 - 03 July 1944)
Generalleutnant Fritz Becker (03 July 1944 - 23 July 1944) m.d.st.F.b.
Generalleutnant Smilo Freiherr von Lüttwitz (24 July 1944 - 28 Aug 1944) m.d.F.b.
Generalleutnant Maximilian Felzmann (29 Aug 1944 - 20 Sep 1944) m.d.F.b.
Generalleutnant Martin Fries (21 Sep 1944 - 30 Nov 1944) m.d.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Martin Fries (01 Dec 1944 - 19 Jan 1945) (2)
General der Infanterie Martin Gareis (19 Jan 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Area of operations

Poland (May 1941 - June 1941)
Eastern front, central sector (June 1941 - Jan 1944)
Eastern front, southern sector (Jan 1944 - Aug 1944)
Poland (Aug 1944 - Jan 1945)
West Prussia & Pomerania (Jan 1945 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Arko 101
Korps-Nachrichten Abteilung 446
Korps-Nachschub Truppen 446
Ost Bataillon 446
Korps-MG-Bataillon 446

Notable members

Hans-Karl Freiherr von Esebeck (Active in the resistance against Hitler)

Footnotes

1. General Hans Zorn was killed 24 August 1943 by a strafing Soviet fighter plane.
2. General der Panzertruppen Martin Fries  is arrested and charged with withdrawing his troops from Warsaw without cause or orders. He is acquitted.

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 - Quiet Flows the Rhine: German General Officer Casualties in World War II
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
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
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

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