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The 15th Army Group was an army group of the Allied forces in World War II.

It was activated in 1943 in Algiersmarker, North Africa, to plan the invasion of Sicily codenamed Operation Husky. Its main forces for this job were the British Eighth Army and the U.S. Seventh Army. For some time, it was under command of British General Harold Alexander. By mid-1944, though, the small-scale invasion that had been planned earlier blew into a theatre of its own. 15th Army Group had pushed northward through Italymarker, capturing Romemarker, and driving the retreating Axis forces into Northern Italy. In December, American Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark became the new commander, and by 1945, they had an unparalleled superiority in Central Europe.

Order of Battle for 15th Army Group, August 1944

15th Army Group (General Sir Harold Alexander)

British Eighth Army (Lieutenant General Oliver Leese)
:V Corps (Lieutenant General Charles Keightley)
::1st Armoured Division (Major General Richard Hull)
::4th Infantry Division (Major General Dudley Ward)
::4th Indian Division (Major General Arthur Holworthy)
::46th Infantry Division (Major General John Hawkesworth)
::56th Infantry Division (Major General J.Y. Whitfield)
::25th Army Tank Brigade


:I Canadian Corps (Lieutenant-General E. L. M. Burns)
::1st Canadian Division (Major General Christopher Vokes)
::2nd New Zealand Division (Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg)
::5th Canadian Armoured Division (Major General Bert Hoffmeister)
::21st Army Tank Brigade
::3rd Greek Mountain Brigade


:II Polish Corps (Lieutenant General Władysław Anders)
::3rd Carpathian Infantry Division
::5th Kresowa Infantry Division
::2nd Armoured Brigade


:X Corps (Lieutenant General Sir Richard McCreery)
::10th Indian Division (Major General Denys Whitehorn Reid)
::9th Armoured Brigade


Fifth United States Army (Lieutenant General Mark Clark)
:II Corps (Major General Geoffrey Keyes)
::34th Infantry Division (Major General Charles L. Bolte)
::88th Infantry Division (Major General John E. Sloan)
::91st Infantry Division (Major General Livesay)


:IV Corps (Major General Willis D. Crittenberger)
::6th South African Armoured Division (Major General Evered Poole)
::85th Infantry Division (Major General Coulter)
::Brazilian Expeditionary Force (Major General Mascarenhas de Morais)
::442nd Infantry Regiment


:XIII Corps (Lieutenant General Sidney Kirkman)
::1st Infantry Division (Major General Charles Loewen)
::6th Armoured Division (Major General H. Murray)
::8th Indian Division (Major General Dudley Russell)


Army Group Reserve
1st Armored Division (Major General V. E. Prichard)


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