Armeeoberkommando 6

The 6th Army was formed in October 1939 – originally as 10th Army – to guard the western borders of Germany against a possible attack of allied forces during “Fall Weiss”, the occupation of Poland.

“Fall Gelb” – The Battle of Belgium

AOK 6 was actively involved during the Invasion of the Low Countries, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France in May and June 1940, being subordinate to Heeresgruppe B. Following the proposed structure for battles and combat events in Belgium, the time frame of May 10, 1940 to May 31, 1940 is structured as follow:

  • The Battle of Maastricht (May 10 – May 12)
  • Pursuit in east Belgium and crossing of the Albert Canal (May 11 – May 13)
  • Taking Liege (May 13)
  • Tank Battle near Hannut-Gembloux (May 12 – May 16)
  • Crossing the Gette River (May 13)
  • Breakthrough of the Dyle-Line (May 15 – May 17)
  • Pursuit via Senette and Dendre (May 18 – May 19)
  • The Fall of the Liege Forts (May 13 – May 28)
  • The Fall of the Namur Forts (May 16 – May 19)
  • The Battle at the Schelde River (May 20 – May 23)
  • The Lys Crossing (May 24)
  • Final Battles in Flanders and for Lille (May 25 – May 30)

The same structure is also reflected into the lower commands (Armee-Korps, Divisions)

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