6th Army (Wehrmacht)

The 6th Army was a field army unit of the German Wehrmacht during World War II (1939–1945). It was widely remembered for being the most highly decorated German army unit until its defeat by the Red Army at the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942–1943. It also acquired a reputation for the war crimes (such as the massacre of more than 30,000 Jews at Babi Yar in September 1941) that it committed under the command of Field Marshal Walther von Reichenau during Operation Barbarossa.

German 6th Army
Armee-Oberkommando 6
Active10 October 1939 – 3 February 1943
5 March 1943 – 6 May 1945
Country Nazi Germany
BranchArmy
TypeField army
Size285,000[1]
246,000 (18 December 1942)[2]
EngagementsWorld War II
Battle of Belgium
Battle of Gembloux (1940)
Fall of France
Battle of Uman
Battle of Kiev (1941)
First Battle of Kharkov
Second Battle of Kharkov
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Romania
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Walther von Reichenau
Friedrich Paulus
Maximilian Fretter-Pico