The XXXXVIII Panzerkorps was formed from XXXXVIII Armeekorps in June 1942 and served on the Eastern Front.
It fought in defensive operations around Kursk and later fought south of Stalingrad. During the spring 1943 it fought at Aksai, Kalinov, Tormosin and Morozovsk. It took part in Operation Zitadelle (Kursk) and later fought at Radomyshl, Berdichev and Busko Zdrog. It withdrew through Poland and ended the war on the Elbe.

Commanders

General der Panzertruppen Werner Kempf (21 Jun 1942 - 30 Oct 1942)
Generalleutnant Ferdinand Heim (01 Nov 1942 - 19 Nov 1942) m.d.F.b.
Generalmajor Hans Cramer (20 Nov 1942 - 27 Nov 1942) m.d.st.F.b.
Generalmajor Heinrich Eberbach (28 Nov 1942 - 29 Nov 1942) m.d.F.b.
Generalmajor Hans Cramer (30 Nov 1942 - 03 Dec 1942) m.d.st.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Otto von Knobelsdorff (04 Dec 1942 - 30 Sep 1943)
Generalleutnant Dietrich von Choltitz (30 Sep 1943 - 21 Oct 1943) m.d.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Heinrich Eberbach (22 Oct 1943 - 13 Nov 1943) m.d.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Hermann Balck (13 Nov 1943 - 04 Aug 1944)
General der Panzertruppen Walther Nehring (05 Aug 1944 - 19 Aug 1944) m.d.F.b.
Generalleutnant Fritz-Hubert Graeser (20 Aug 1944 - 31 Aug 1944) m.d.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Fritz-Hubert Graeser (01 Sep 1944 - 20 Sep 1944)
Generalleutnant Maximilian Reichsfreiherr von Edelsheim (21 Sep 1944 - 31 Nov 1944) m.d.F.b.
General der Panzertruppen Maximilian Reichsfreiherr von Edelsheim (21 Sep 1944 - 02 May 1945)
Generalleutnant Wolf Hagemann (03 May 1945 - 08 May 1945) m.d.F.b.

Area of operations

Eastern front, southern sector (June 1941 - June 1943)
Eastern front, central sector (June 1943 - Jan 1945)
Poland (Jan 1945 - Feb 1945)
Silesia & eastern Germany (Feb 1945 - May 1945)

Order of battle

Arko 144
Korps-Nachrichten Abteilung 448
Norps-Nachschub Truppen 448
Ost-Bataillon 448

Notable members

Hermann Balck (Holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)

In fiction

The 1991 board game "48th Panzer Korps" by Jim Zoldak covers the actions of the corps during the battles on the Chir River in December 1942.

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
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

Reference material on this unit

Friedrich W. von Mellenthin - The 48th Panzerkorps: November 1942 to July 1944

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