General Officers Killed in action during World War II

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by HFK » 11 Apr 2011 01:54

we are almost at the end, The following are KIAW Generals.
Baade, Ernst Günther 45-5 Germany
Bäntsch, Alfre 43-1 Russia
Crisolli, Wilhelm 44-9 Italy
Domansky, Kurt Heinrich 45-4 Pilau
Dürking, Werner 44-9 Ukraine
Fouquet, Hans Joachim 44 Russia
Geib, Theodor 44-11 France
Geitner, Herbert 42-1 Russia
Göbel, Karl 45-3 Germany
Grau, Ernst 43-10 Russia
Gurran, Paul 44-4 Russia
Guth, Kurt 43-3 Russia
Hählingvon Lanzenauer, Paul 43-2 Russia
von Hartmann, Alexander 43-1 Stalingrad
Hasse, Wilhelm Ulrich 45-5
Haus, Georg 45-4 Pilau
Himer, Kurt 42-3 Crimea
von Hünersdorff, Walter 43-7 Kursk
Jacob, Werner 42 Russia
Jüngling, Ernst 45-5 Germany
Kahsnitz, Erich 43 Russia
Kamecke, Hans 43-10 Russia
Kanzler, Richard 42-7 Voronetz
von Kirchbach, Erich 44-9 Russia
Kistner, Fritz 45-5 Germany
Knebel, Ernst Wilhelm Abel 45-1 Russ
Kohnke, Heinrich 45 Flensburg
Kraiss, Dietrich 44-8 France
Laux, Paul 44-9 Russia
Leopold, Gunther 43-3 Russia
Lorenz, Wilhelm 43-1 Russia
Mickl, Johann 45-4 Jugoslavia
von Neufville, Georg 41-11 Russia
Neumann-Silkow, Walter 41-12 Africa
Nostitz von Wallwitz, Gustav Adolf 45-5 Germany
von Priem, Georg 44-1 Poland
Richter, Werner 44-6 Latvia
Roth, Heinrich 43-11 Russia
Rothenburg, Karl 41-6 Russia
Scherff, Walter 45-5 Germany
Scheuerpflug, Paul Heinrich Lorenz 45-7 Germany
von Schleinitz, Joachim Frh. 42-10 Russia
Schmidt von Altenstadt, Hans Georg 44-7 Italy
Schmidt, Johannes Richard 43-12 Russia
Schneckenburger, Wilhelm 44-10 Belgrad
Scholl, Otto Thomas 42-9 Russia
Schreder, Ernst 41-12 Estonia
Schulz, Adalbert 44-1 Russia
von Seydlitz-Kurzbach, Lothar 45-1 Italy
Sieberg, Friedrich Wilhelm 43-11 Russia
Sudau, Erich Hermann 45-4 Königsberg
von Thadden, Henning 45-4 Pillau
Voigt, Siegfried 44-7 Latvia
Ritter von Weber, Karl 41-7 Russia
von Wedel, Hermann 44-2 Russia
von Wulffen, Gustav Adolf 45-5 Potsdam
Zickwolff, Friedrich Hermann 43-9 France


More to come.

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Missing in action - German Generals

Post by HFK » 11 Apr 2011 02:23

Generals MIA
Arndt, Karl 43-1 Stalingrad
Babel, Ottomar 44-9 Russia
Bader, Robert 45-5 Czechosl\
Balla, Erich43-8 Russia
von Bülow, Werner 43-8 Russia
von dr Chevallerie, Kurt 43-4 Kolberg
Dürrstein, Gustav 45-5 Germany
Geiger, Franz 45-5 Czechosl
Grachegg, Gustav 45-5 Germany but had retired in 44
Hahne, Hans 44-6 Russia
Hammer, Hans 44-5 Crimea
Hundt, Gustav 45-4 Czechosl
Kossmala, Georg 45-3 Silesia
Lechner, Adolf 43-1 Russia
Metscher, Emil 45 Retired 42
Michael, Gerhard Ernst 43-8 Russia
Naumann, Walter 45-5 Germany
Obenaus, Otto 45-1 Poland
Petersen, Mathias 45-5 Germany
Preusser, Arnold 45 Germany
Priess, Helmuth Heinrich 44-10 East Prussia
Ries, Gottfried 41-8 Russia
Ringe, Hans 43-1 Stalingrad
von Schweinitz, Bogislav Graf 44-9 Estonia
Seelig, Oskar 44-7 Russia
Seiffert, Leonhard 44-12 France
Tessmar, Gunther 45-5 Warsaw
Willigman, Otto 45-5 ?
Wintergerst, Karl 45-5 ??
almost finished Harry

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by HFK » 11 Apr 2011 03:40

8O :P Are we done yet ????????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Generals Executed by the Germans

Dohna zu-Schlobitten-Tolsdorf, Heinrich Graf 44-9
Fellgiebel, Erich 44-9
Fromm, Friedrich 45-3
von Hase, Paul Emmanuel 44-8
Heistermann von Ziehlberg, Gustav 45-2
Herfurth, Otto 44-9
Höpner, Erich 44-8
Lindemann, Friedrich 44-9
Olbricht, Friedrich 44-7
Oster, Hans Paul 45-4
von Rabenau, Friedrich 45-4
Sack, Dr. Karl 45-4
von Sponeck, Hans Emil Otto Graf 44-7 Disobeyed order to hold ground
That's all, fffffffolks
Harry
Stähle, Wilhelm 45-4
von Stülpnagel, Carl Heinrich Rudolf 44-8
Thiele, Walter Friedrich 44-9
von Thüngen-Rossbach, Carl Hildorf Frhr. 44-10
Üxküll-Gyllenbrand, Nikolaus Graf von 44-9
von Witzleben, Erwin Job 44-8

Dewitz von Krebs, Karl 45-4 shot by Hitler Youth

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by JC » 11 Apr 2011 13:45

Excellent Harry ! Thanks

BR...........JC

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by 9458 » 06 Aug 2012 22:46

Oberst Lothar von Seydlitz-Kurzbach died off wounds at 13.15 on January 1st 1945 received in air attack 12.45pm 27/12/44 on the staff car he was travelling in with General Gall (who was killed instantly). The official notation was 'bombsplitzen'

He did not die a General but was promoted posthumously to Generalmajor.

Source; Letter from General staff from 'Verteidigungsbereich Venedig' to his widow dated 3/1/45 giving details of the action, death and subsequent promotion

Letter from his batman Fritz Ruckdeschel to his widow dated 27/5/53
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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by Mark in Cleveland, Tn. » 07 Aug 2012 01:59

Noticed in your first list 2 American general officers executed by the Japanese. Can you give circumstances of these 2?

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by Karelia » 08 Aug 2012 16:48

There was one Finnish General KIA, jääkärikenraalimajuri (jaeger major-general) Einar August VIHMA, died on 5th August 1944 in Ihantala, Karelian Isthmus together with his chief of staff in a grenade launcher attack.

The role of his 6th division was crucial in the Tali-Ihantala battle, the biggest battle ever in Northern Europe, which stopped the soviet attack ("4th strategic strike") and eventually saved Finland of the soviet occupation together with the other later defensive victories.

On 5th August the battle was however over and there was no real need for him to be in the front line.

Two other Finnish Generals were KIAW. However they were not generals at the time of getting wounded. Jääkärieversti (jaeger colonel) Aarne SNELLMAN, commander of the 17th division, was wounded in an aerial bombardment on 12th April 1942 at Syväri (Svir) river in Eastern Karelia. He was promoted as jääkärikenraalimajuri on 26th April and died on 28th April 1942 in Helsinki.

Jääkärieversti Kaarlo Ilmari VILJANEN was a commander of the 4th division. He was lethally wounded in an own minefield and died on his way to the military hospital on 24th April 1942. He was promoted as jääkärikenraalimajuri on the very same day.

FYI: jääkäri-prefix in Finnish ranks mean, that the person has been one of the 1895 volunteers, who during the WW1 joined the German "Königlich Preussisches Jägerbataillon Nr. 27" to get military education and help Finland get her independence from Russia. Their role was crucial in the Finnish independence (and civil) war in 1918. By the time of WW2 they formed the core of the higher Finnish officer cadre. This prefix does not have anything to do with the Finnish jaeger units.

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by HFK » 10 Aug 2012 04:20

Hello Mark,
I have no idea of the circumstances. All I know are their names and date of execution, while POWs of Japan.
1- BG Guy Fort executed Nov 1942
2- BG Vicente Lim Phil Army released from captivity in 1942. Apparently was active in the resistance in the islands, captured and executed late 1944 or early 1945.

3- BG Alan McBride died May 9, 1944, probably of sickness or mistreatment while in captivity.
Sorry could not be of more help, Harry

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by Agincourt459 » 25 Mar 2015 16:24

I found BG Guy O. Fort executed by the Kempeitai 11. November 1942.

See: The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/F/o/Fort_Guy_O.htm

and page 3 of United States of America vs. Yoshinari Tanaka http://www.online.uni-marburg.de/icwc/y ... 20T347.pdf

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by Britnik78 » 29 Jun 2015 19:55

Good day and thank you for this extensive list of German Generals KIA in WW2.
I have found information on a British paratrooper stating that on, and immediately after the DDay drop, having landed about 30miles off target, he returned to his unit 4 days later with proof that he and his stick had ambushed and killed 20 German generals of brigadier rank or higher.
("Paras Against the Reich", Horn & Wyczynski, p124)
His medal citation refers to 17 staff officers, which seems more plausible.
The only documented ambush that I've found was of 3 high-ranking officers in one car, so there was clearly some such action.
("The Day the Devils Dropped In", Barber, p103)

My question - how many German generals were IN Normandy on DDay, and how many were killed in the first 4 days of the invasion?
I've looked over the list on this post and could only find a couple KIA on June 6 '44, leading me to think that somebody had been rather generous to the memory and actions of this paratrooper.

Thanks once again for your great work.
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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by histan » 02 Jul 2015 21:37

Five German generals were killed in Normandy between 06.06.1944 and 25.06.1944 and the circumstances of their deaths are well documented.

Only Generalleutnant Wilhelm Falley was killed in the first four days of the invasion. He was killed on 06.06.1944 by Lt Malcolm Brannen of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.

By the way - the desk diary of the Head of the HPA records that between 06.06.1944 and 25.06.1944 the German army suffered 220 officers killed, 392 wounded and 258 missing in Normandy.

If you believe these reports (and his medal citation) then this single action accounts for about 10% of the German officers killed in Normandy during this period.

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by Jabberwocky » 14 Jul 2015 07:49

From French L. McLean's 1988 monograph on German WW2 general officer casualties:

Army General Officer Casualties (by type)
Killed in Action/Died of Wounds 223
Accidental Deaths 30
Suicides 64
Executed
(By Germany during WWII) 20
(By Allies after WWII) 33
Died
(In Prisoner of War Camps) 128
(Of War Related Health Problems) 145
Missing in Action 32

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by taurus » 20 May 2016 17:42

Hello!

Listen der Verluste der Generale der deutschen Wehrmacht vom 1939 bis Juni 1945.

http://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/n ... ect/zoom/5

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by Lepidus » 28 Jul 2018 17:36

HFK wrote:
10 Apr 2011 23:56
German generals KIA Part 2

Sinzinger, Adolf 45-5 Vienna
GenLt Adolf Sinzinger was not KIA in Vienna 1945. He was removed from the Wehrmacht in 1944 after Operation Walküre and imprisoned in Germany. He died much later, in 1974.

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Re: General Officers Killed in action during World War II

Post by askropp » 06 Oct 2019 12:48

An Oberst who is posthumously promoted to GM is not a "general officer killed in action", so the list has to be shortened considerably.
Er ist wieder da. Aber auch dieses Mal wird er nicht siegen!

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