The 15th Army (German: 15. Armee) was a World War II field army.

15th Army
15. Armee (AOK 15)
Active15 January 1941 - 17 April 1945
Disbanded17 April 1945
Country Nazi Germany



The 15th Army was activated on 15 January 1941, with General Curt Haase in command. First seeing service in France, the army was involved in the protection of the Channel coast from a possible Allied invasion.

It defended against Allied forces with success during Operation Market Garden in September 1944 and later suffered defeat against the First Canadian Army in the Battle of the Scheldt during which the Army Headquarters at Dordrecht was subject to a mass attack by Hawker Typhoons of the Second Tactical Air Force on 24 October 1944. Two generals and 70 other staff officers were killed in the attack.[1]

The British Second Army cleared the 15th Army from the Roer Triangle during Operation Blackcock, pushing it back over the Rur and Wurm rivers. It was involved in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest before finally surrendering along the Ruhr river in 1945.

Today, the former HQ of the 15th Army, in Tourcoing, which is just north of Lille in France, is a museum: Musée du 5 juin 1944.


No. Commander Took office Left office Time in office
1Haase, CurtGeneraloberst
Curt Haase
15 January 194130 November 19421 year, 319 days
2Vietinghoff, HeinrichGeneraloberst
Heinrich von Vietinghoff
1 December 19427 August 1943249 days
3Salmuth, HansGeneraloberst
Hans von Salmuth
8 August 194324 August 19441 year, 16 days
4Zangen, GustavGeneral der Infanterie
Gustav-Adolf von Zangen
25 August 194417 April 1945235 days




  • Tessin, Georg (1970). Die Landstreifkräfte 15–30 [Ground forces 15 to 30]. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939-1945 (in German). 4. Osnabrück: Biblio.