Aside from the juvenalia, it isn't right, at least insofar as I can tell? Apparently "Cooper", who this evidently is a quote from, got it wrong.Tom from Cornwall wrote: ↑17 May 2021 09:58Is that right? Five days before the invasion but “after the destruction of Army Group Centre”? Wasn’t AGC demolished after the invasion in Normandy, not before?daveshoup2MD wrote: ↑17 May 2021 04:43On 1 July 1943 there had been 186 divisions on the Eastern Front, seven in Italy, and 44 in the west; on 1 June 1944, five days before the invasion, after the destruction of Army Group Center in the east, there were 156 divisions in the east, 27 in Italy, and 54 in the west, 19 percent of all those available to Hitler.
I note the juvenile counting of divisions as well.
Where do German forces (air, land and sea) based in say, Yugoslavia or Greece, fit under these geographical terms? Eastern front, Italy, Balkans?
On 1 July 1943, there were nominally 287 divisions in the German order of battle. Of those, 188 were on the Ostfront, 7 were in Finland, 13 in Norway, 52 in Ob.West, 15 in Ob.Südost, 6 in Italy, and 6 in the Heimat.
On 1 June 1944, there were nominally 294 division in the German order of battle. Of those, 150 were on the Ostfront, 8 in Finland, 12 in Norway, 66 in Ob.West, 24 in Ob.Südost, 27 in Italy, and 7 in the Heimat.
So while the Heer increased in strength by 2.4, its strength in Italy tripled. Does that mean Italy was critical? Strength in Greece and the Balkans increased by 37.5%, but in the West by only 21.2%. Does that mean the Med was critical in reducing potential German strength in France and the East?
The divisions of Ob.West on 1 July 1943 amounted to 18.1% of the total, the Med accounted for another 7.3%, Norway 4.5%, so 29.9%, while the Ostfront (including Finland) accounted for 67.9%.
The divisions of Ob.West on 1 June 1944 amounted to 22.4% of the total, the Med accounted for another 17.3%, Norway 4.1%, so 43.8%, while the Ostfront (including Finland) accounted for 53.7%.
Of course, none of that includes what the relative opposition by the Western Allies was.