6. SS-Panzer-Armee was formed as 6. Panzer-Armee and was a part of the regular Heer (army). It was not transferred into the Waffen-SS until 2 April 1945.
It was originally held in reserve but fought in the Ardennes December 1944 - January 1945 before it was removed from the front for refitting. It later fought in Hungary before ending the war near Vienna.

Commanders

SS-Oberstgruppenführer Josef Dietrich (26 Oct 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Chef des Stabes

Generalleutnant Alfred Gause (14 Sep 1944 - 16 Nov 1944)
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Kraemer (16 Nov 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Operations Officers (Ia)

SS-Obersturmbannführer Georg Maier (1 Dec 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Area of operations

Western Germany & Ardennes (Oct 1944 - Jan 1945)
Hungary & Austria (Jan 1945 - May 1945)

Manpower strength (7 April 1945)

1. SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
- 57 Officers
- 229 NCO
- 1.296 Soldiers
- 16 Operational tanks
2. SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich”
- 45 Officers
- 123 NCO
- 1.330 Soldiers
- 11 Operational tanks
3. SS-Panzer-Division “Totenkopf”
- 44 Officers
- 87 NCO
- 873 Soldiers
- 6 Operational tanks
12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitler Jugend”
- 16 Officers
- 48 NCO
- 391 Soldiers
- 1 Operational tanks
6. Panzer-Division
- 44 Officers
- 229 NCO
- 962 Soldiers
- 8 Operational tanks
356. Infanterie-Division
- 56 Officers
- 264 NCO
- 894 Soldiers
- 3 Operational Jagdpanzer 38

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Silver (1)
- Werncke, Berend, 26.04.1945, Major i.G. [Heer], Qu 1 /SS-Pz.AOK 6
Holders of the Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords (2)
- Colsman, Erwin, 04.11.1944, Oberst i.G. d.R., OQu Pz.AOK 6
- Ewert, Walther, 26.12.1944, SS-Standartenführer, OQu (Ib) Pz.AOK 6

Order of battle (31 December 1944)

At the disposal of the 6. Panzerarmee
- 12. Volks-Grenadier-Division
LXVII. Armeekorps
- 18. Volks-Grenadier-Division
- 62. Volks-Grenadier-Division
I. SS-Panzerkorps
- 9. SS-Panzer-Division “Hohenstaufen”
- 560. Volks-Grenadier-Division
- 2. SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich”

Order of battle (21 January 1945)

LXVII. Armeekorps
- 277. Volks-Grenadier-Division
- 89. Infanterie-Division
- 3. Fallschirmjäger-Division
XIII. Armeekorps
- 246. Volks-Grenadier-Division
- 18. Volks-Grenadier-Division
- 326. Volks-Grenadier-Division
- 9. SS-Panzer-Division “Hohenstaufen”

Order of battle (31 March 1945)

At the disposal of the 6. Panzerarmee
- Kampfgruppe 356. Infanterie-Division
I. SS-Panzerkorps
- 1. SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
- 3. SS-Panzer-Division “Totenkopf” + Kampfgruppe Hungarian 2nd Armored Division
- 12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitler Jugend”
- 232. Panzer-Division
II. SS-Panzerkorps
- 2. SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich”
- Hungarian 1st Mountain Brigade
- 6. Panzer-Division + Hungarian 1st Cavalry Division (remnants)

Order of battle (12 April 1945)

I. SS-Panzerkorps
- Kampfgruppe Keitel
- Kampfgruppe 356. Infanterie-Division
- 1. SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
- 12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitler Jugend”
Generalkommando Schultz
- 710. Infanterie-Division
- Kampfgruppe Oberst Staudinger
II. SS-Panzerkorps
- Kampfgruppe Oberst Folkmann
- Kampfkommandant von Bünau
- 2. SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich”
- 3. SS-Panzer-Division “Totenkopf”
- 6. Panzer-Division
- Führer-Grenadier-Division

Order of battle (30 April 1945)

I. SS-Panzerkorps
- 1. SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
- Kampfgruppe 356. Infanterie-Division
- 12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitler Jugend”
Generalkommando von Bünau (subordinated to I. SS-Panzerkorps)
- 710. Infanterie-Division
II. SS-Panzerkorps
- 3. SS-Panzer-Division “Totenkopf”
- Führer-Grenadier-Division

Notable members

Josef "Sepp" Dietrich (Member of the Reichstag, Holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)

In fiction

The 2008 board game "Panzer Grenadier: Elsenborn Ridge" designed by Michael Bennighof and published by Avalanche Press focused on the fighting during the Battle of the Bulge between the US First Army and the 6. SS-Panzerarmee and 5. Panzerarmee.

Sources used

Roger James Bender & Hugh Page Taylor - Uniforms, Organization and History of the Waffen-SS, vol 2
Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - The Panzer Legions: A guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of WWII and Their Commanders
Marc J. Rikmenspoel - Waffen-SS Encyclopedia
Mark C. Yerger - Waffen-SS Commanders: The Army, corps and divisional leaders of a legend (2 vol)

Reference material on this unit

Aleksei Isaev & Maksim Kolomiets - Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary 1945
Georg Maier - Drama Between Budapest and Vienna: The Final Fighting of the 6. Panzer-Armee 1945
Bruce Quarrie - The Ardennes Offensive VI Panzer Armee: Northern Sector

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