The ‘real’ German Order of Battle

by Author | October 8th, 2010

Below is the accepted version of the original German ORBAT for Sealion. It saw Army Group A landing across the breadth of the Kent and East Sussex coastline, with Army Group C landing further west on the West Sussex coastline. The forces involved in the original plan were more than double those I have used in the book, but that is because the subsequent waves of German troops would only be crossing a mere 20-40 miles of English Channel rather than 200 miles of North Sea! The Germans themselves were in constant debate about whether the landings should be on a broader or narrower frontage and as you can imagine, historians today, both amatuer and professional, are constantly debating in vigorous manner, the feasibility of the original German plan. As Sealion sees its 70th anniversary and slowly fades from living memory, the ‘what ifs’ of history merely increase, rather than diminish.

As you will see, I have tried to keep the German ORBAT for Seelowe Nord as close to the original as possible, allowing for its smaller size, and I took the liberty of replacing the SS Leibstandarte with the SS Totenkopf. I decided, with artistic licence, that in my version of Sealion, Hitler would have been reluctant to risk the unit that bore his name, but would never-the-less have wished for an SS presence, hence the Totenkopf’s sudden promotion to the second wave of the operation.

Army Group A

Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt

 16th Army: Colonel General Ernst Busch

First Wave

XIII Corps — General Heinrich-Gottfried von Vietinghoff genannt Scheel

17th InfantryDivision

35th Infantry Division

VII Corps — Colonel General Eugen Ritter von Schobert

1st Mountain Division

7th Infantry Division

Second Wave

V Corps — General Richard Ruoff

12th Infantry Division

30th Infantry Division

XXXI Corps — General of Panzers Georg-Hans Reinhardt

8th Panzer Division

10th Panzer Division

29th Motorised Infantry Division

Großdeutschland Motorised Infantry Regiment

SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Motorised InfantryRegiment

Third Wave

IV Corps — General Viktor von Schwedler

24th Infantry Division

58th Infantry Division

XXXII Corps — General Walter Kuntze

45th Infantry Division

164th Infantry Division

9th Army: Colonel General Adolf Strauss

First Wave

XXVIII Corps — General Erich von Manstein

26th Infantry Division

34th Infantry Division

VII Corps — General Walter Heitz

6th MountainDivision

8th Infantry Division

28th Infantry Division

Second Wave

XV Corps — Colonel General Hermann Hoth

4th Panzer Division

7th Panzer Division

20th Motorised Infantry Division

Third Wave

XXIV Corps –  General Leo Freiherr Geyr von Schweppenburg

15th Infantry Division

78th Infantry Division

Army Group C

Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb

6th Army: Field Marshal Walther von Reichenau

II Corps — General Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt

6th Infantry Division

256th Infantry Division

Airborne Troops General Kurt Student

7th Parachute Division

22nd Air Landing Infantry Division

Brandenburgers – Special Forces

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.