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Divisional Commanders 

1 April 1938 - 1 October 1939
Generalleutnant Albrecht Schubert 
1 October 1939 - 2 May 1942
Generalleutnant Friedrich Siebert 
2 May 1942 - 29 January 1943
Generalleutnant Heinrich Deboi 
1 May 1943 - 1 January 1944
Generalleutnant Dr. jur. Franz Beyer
1 January 1944 - 1 May 1944
Generalleutnant Dr. rer. pol. Friedrich (Fritz) von Franek
1 May 1944 - 16 June 1944
Generalleutnant Bruno Ortner
16 June 1944 - 21 June 1944
Generalleutnant Paul Klatt
21 June 1944 - 23 March 1945
 Generalleutnant Hans-Günther von Rost
23 March 1945 - 5 April 1945
Oberst Heinz-Joachim Hoffmann
5 April 1945 - 8 May 1945
Generalmajor Rudolf Langhäuser

Generalleutnant Albrecht Schubert 

Albrecht Schubert (23 June 1886 – 26 November 1966) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Born 23 June 1886 in Glatz (modern Kłodzko, Poland, then in German Silesia), in a family of long Silesian ancestry. In 1904 he joined the Imperial German Army and initially served with the Magdeburg-based 2nd 'Prinz Louis von Preussen' Infantry Regiment. By the time of the outbreak of World War I he rose to the rank of Lieutenant.

Promoted to the rank of Captain in 1914, during the war he served with the 1st Grenadier Regiment, 21st Reserve Brigade, 4th Landwehr Division, 11th Infanterie Division and as a staff officer in the 202nd Infanterie Division. After the war he remained within the Reichswehr and served in Stettin in the 2nd Division, and then in the 8th 'Prussian' Infanterie Regiment. Promoted to Major in 1926, to Lt. Colonel in 1931 and to full Colonel in 1933. Three years later he became the commanding officer of the 12th Infantry Regiment. Following Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Schubert's career was fast-tracked. In April 1936 he was promoted to the rank of Major General and in March 1938 he became a Lieutenant General. The following month he became the commanding officer of the 44th Infanterie Division, with which he took part in the initial stages of World War II.

During the joint Nazi and Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 his unit took part in the fighting as part of the 14th Army. After the end of hostilities in October 1939 he was temporarily withdrawn to the personal reserve of the OKH, but was soon reinstated to active service as a provisional commanding officer of the XXIII Army Corps, with which he took part in the battle of France of 1940.

Shortly before the start of Operation Barbarossa, Schubert was promoted to the rank of General of the Infantry and his corps was relocated to East Prussia. In September 1941 he was awarded with the Ritterkreuz. In May 1942 he temporarily commanded the entire 9th Army, but was again withdrawn from active service in the summer of that year. It was not until the following year that he was given the command over the Hannover-based XI Army Corps. Until the end of World War II he served on various staff positions in Vienna, away from the front. Schubert survived the war and died 26 November 1966 in Bielefeld, Germany.

Source: Wikipedia

Generalleutnant Friedrich Siebert 


Friedrich Siebert, born 07-07-1888 in Ludwigshafen, entered the Königlich Bayerische Army as a Fahnenjunker in 1917, age 19. He joined the 20th Königlich Bayerisches Infanterie-Regiment "Prinz Franz". He became a Leutnant on 26-05-1909 after finishing the War School in Munich. With the outbreak of the WW1 he was serving in the same regiment and was promoted to Hauptmann on 18-08-1916 later being wounded in battle. He was awarded with both the Iron Crosses and after the war served in the new, 100.000 men, Reichswehr. He was promoted to Major on 01-10-1929 and then Oberst on 01-09-1935 and was the successor of Oberst, later General der Infanterie, Bruno Bieler as commander of the 55th Infanterie Regiment, in Würzburg. He became a Major General on 01-04-1939 and was involved in the invasion of Poland with his regiment in the summer of 1939. He relinguished his command of this division on 30-09-1939 and was assigned as commander of the 44th Infanterie Division, on 01-10-1939 and he led this division on the Western front in the spring of 1940. He stayed in France with the 44th Infanterie Division as an occupation force and with it later transferred to the General Government in Poland and promoted to Lieutenant General on 01-04-1941. As commander of the 44th he also took part in Operation Barbarossa in June 1941.

During this campaign Siebert received the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross and relinquished command of the 44th in May 1942 and was transferred to Führer Reserve.

Later appointed as commander of the 57th Infanterie Division and fighting on the southern end of the Eastern front. He transferred control of this division to General der Infanterie, Commander XXX Armee Corps, Fretter Pico when he was assigned as temporary commander of XIII Army Corps. Siebert became a General of the Infanterie on 01-05-1943 when he became Commanding General of the XIII Army Corps. In September 1943 he lost this command and was transferred again in the Reserve. Later he succeeded General Hans Schirmer as the Chief of the Wehrmacht-Streifendienstes, OKW in which role he continued until the end of the war. On 13-05-1944 he was awarded with the German Cross in Gold.

Living in Würzburg, Siebert died at the age of 61, on 13-03-1950 and is buried on the war section of the Hauptfriedhof in Würzburg

Source: ww2gravestone.com 

Generalleutnant Heinrich Deboi 




Heinrich Anton Deboi, born 06-04-1893 in Landshut, joined the 2nd Königlich Bayerische Infanterie-Regiment „Kronprinz“ on 06-07-1912, age 19, as a Fähnrich. He studied at the War School in Munich, from October 1913 until the end July 1914 graduating as a Lieutenant. With the start of the first war he returned to his Regiment and served on the battlefields of the Western front. He was involved in the famous battle of the Somme and served as a Company Commander from 31-05-1917 until the end of the war.

He returned to Munich where he was demobilised from the Army on 28-12-1918. Deboi rejoined the New Reichswehr on 01-10-1920 with the 19th (Bavarian) Infanterie-Regiment and served as an Adjutant in the 4th MG Company from 01-10-1923. He was assigned as Chief of the 15th Company and from 1926 he was in the Staff of the 7th Bavarian Division. From 1930 he was assigned as commander of the 8th MG Company. Now a Major, he became a teacher at the War School in Munich from 15-10-1935 until the beginning of October 1936 and from 06-10-1936 he became the commander of the 1st Battalion of the 91st Infantry Regiment in Kempten, until August 1939.

With the mobilization at the start of World War II Deboi, now an Oberst, was commander of the 199th Infantry Regiment of the 57th Infantry Division and involved in the Poland invasion with the Heeresgruppe South, under Generalfeldmarschall der Panzertruppe, Gerd von Rundstedt. He was awarded with the clasp of the Iron Cross. In the spring of 1940 Deboi was leading his Regiment in the Western invasion, Holland, Belgium and France. After the defeat of France his regiment stayed there as an occupation force. With the beginning of Operation Barbarossa he with his regiment was transferred to Heeresgruppe South which was serving in the area of Belgorod. He lost the command of his regiment from 31-01-1942 to Oberstleutnant Josef Anton Schmidt. Shortly thereafter he became the commander of the 44th Infantry-Division and promoted to Generalmajor 01-04-1942.

On 21-02-1942 Deboi was awarded with the German Cross in Gold for excellent leadership. As a part of the 6th Armee, under General der Panzertruppe, Friedrich Paulus, the division was involved in Operation Blau and advanced in the direction of Stalingrad.

He was promoted to Generalmajor on 01-12-1942. In the battle for Stalingrad a great part of his division was destroyed by the Russian forces in the Kessel and Deboi landed in Russian captivity on 29-03-1943. He was sent to Camp 5110/42 at Woikowo, where he ten years later on 20-01-1955, age 62, died of natural causes. He is buried at the small General Cemetery of Chertnsy, in Row 3.


 Source: ww2gravestone.com 

       Generalleutnant Dr. jur. Franz Beyer


Dr. jur. Franz Beyer (27 May 1892 – 15 October 1968) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who held commands at the divisional and corps levels. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. 

Dr. Franz Beyer, with the rank of Colonel, was appointed commander of Infanterie Regiment 131 (44th Infanterie Division), on 1 April 1939. He led this regiment during the Polish campaign during which he was awarded both clasps to his WW1 Iron Crosses. In early 1940, he continued to lead the Infanterie Regiment 131 during the western campaign in France. In the spring of 1941 he moved with the regiment to the General Government (Poland) in preparation for Operation Barbarossa. During the summer of 1941 he led the regiment during the attack on the Soviet Union as part of Army Group South. For the leadership of his regiment during this period he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 12 September 1941. At the end of December 1941, he took over the leadership of the 331st Infanterie Division and on 1 February 1942 he was promoted to Major General. In early 1943, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and was transferred to the Fϋhrerreserve.

On 1 March 1943 he was appointed commander of the newly reformed 44th Infanterie Division which was redesignated on 1 June 1943 the Reichsgrenadier Division 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister'. On 1 January 1944, he was again transferred into the Fϋhrerreserve. After several temporary postings he was promoted to General of the Infanterie on 1 July 1944 and he was temporarily appointed as the Commanding General of the V. Army Corps, then for a short period as CO of the XXXXIX. Mountain Corps. In early August 1944, he then became the Commanding General of the LXXX. Army Corps in France. He led this Corps for the remainder of the war. When the war ended he went into captivity, from which he was discharged in 1947.

This portrait shows General Beyer whilst he was commanding the 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister' Division during their time in Italy; note also the Tropical Uniform the General is wearing. The portrait also has a post-war Deutschmeister Cross in the top left-hand corner, was the original portrait commissioned after the war possibly by the Veterans Association of the 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister'?

Source: Wikipedia


Awards and decorations:

  • Iron Cross (1914)
    • 2nd Class (10 October 1915)

    • 1st Class (16 June 1918)

  • Wound Badge in Black (1914)
  • Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (1 November 1934)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (13 September 1939)

    • 1st Class (1 October 1939)

  • Eastern Front Medal
  • Infantry Assault Badge
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 12 September 1941 as Oberst and commander of Infanterie-Regiment 131.


Generalleutnant Dr. rer. pol. Friedrich (Fritz) von Franek

Generalleutnant Friedrich Franek was born on the 16th of July 1891 in Vienna, the son of a master baker. After attending a junior high school he entered the Infantry cadet school at Liebenau near Graz. He graduated from there on the 18th August 1910 as a Fähnrich (Senior Officer Cadet) and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment 41 then garrisoned at Czernowitz in the Bukowina. Commissioned on the 1st of May 1913 he was posted as a platoon commander to IR.63 at Bestercze in the Siebenbürgen. He participated in the battle of Lemberg on the 8th of September 1914 and was wounded in the mouth, neck and chest during an assault East of Grodek. Promoted to Oberleutnant on 1st March 1915 he returned to duty as a company commander in April. He was again lightly wounded on the 15th of June during an assault on Krakowiec when a shot grazed his head. Returning to duty for the third time in October 1915, Franek assumed another company command appointment during the defensive fighting on the River Serwetsch East of Baranowitshi but was stricken with Typhus in early February 1916. He returned to the front for the fourth and last time in the middle of June 1916. He variously held company command and the appointment of regimental adjutant of IR.63 in this period.

In June 1917 the regiment moved to the Southwest front as part of the 35.Infanterie-Division and participated in the 10th and 11th battles of the Isonzo. 35.Infanterie-Division, then commanded by Feldmarschalleutnant Eugen von Podhoránszky was subordinated to Feldmarschalleutnant Maximilian von Csicseric's XXIII. Korps. XXIII. Korps was in turn subordinated to Abschnitt III or the Sector Command of General der Infanterie Johann Ritter von Henriquez with responsibility for the Southernmost sector of the Isonzo Front. Facing 35.Infanterie-Division on this sector were the men of the Italian XIII Corps of the Duke of Aosta's 3rd Army.

Franek as the company commander of 17./IR.63 held the north slope of the especially important and exposed hill 146 which was itself situated approximately 500 metres to the northeast of the village of Flondar about five kilometres East of Monfalcone. The regiment held a line of fortified caverns in the forward line. On the 17th and 18th of August 1917 with the commencement of the 11th battle, the position came under heavy Italian drum fire. The Italian infantry attacked on the 19th of August and by early morning had succeeded in breaking into various parts of the Austrian position. Franek's company mounted a surprise counter-attack and caught the enemy unawares from the rear retaking two captured caverns. At the same time the neighbouring 18./IR.63 to the left (south) had been pushed back so the left flank of Franek's company was placed in considerable danger. By a further energetic and decisive attack the enemy was thrown back off the Austrian positions and the situation was restored. Similar attacks were mounted with increasing ferocity over the following days. Early on the morning of the 20th August the enemy attacked the position to the south while simultaneously suppressing the defending company with heavy artillery fire. When after a hard struggle the heavily weakened company holding the sector to the left had been overwhelmed and partly wiped out, the enemy then stormed from the south against the now open flank of the 17th Company. At this critical juncture, Franek decided to mount a counter-attack with his company reserve and succeeded in throwing back the Italians, retaking the just lost position to the south. The 30 strong counter-attack force followed up their success pursuing the now retreating Italians and took captive the occupants of two cavern positions recently lost to the enemy. However Franeks' weakened company was now compelled to give up their exposed position on hill 146 as the neighbouring companies on either flank had withdrawn. The battle for the hill see-sawed with it being retaken again on the morning of the 21st, lost again that evening at 2145 hours in bitter hand to hand fighting only to be retaken yet again by Franek's 17./IR.63. The Italians attacked for the sixth time at 1400 hours on the 22nd August and indeed this was the most difficult day since the commencement of the battle on the 17th. Like all the previous attacks the flanks of Franek's position were lost, yet surrounded on three sides 17th Company held its positions. The seventh and last enemy attack was also held on the 23rd of August. IR.63 was at last relieved on hill 146 at 0500 hours on the morning of the 24th August.

Franek assumed command of the divisional assault company later expanded to battalion strength in the middle of September 1917. He had additionally by then been awarded the Golden Bravery Medal for officers. In April of the following year he was assigned to a General staff officer aspirant course held in Belgrade and in June returned to the 35.ID. as a staff officer. He was posted to the staff of 62.ID. in October and promoted to captain a few days before the wars end on the 1st of November 1918.

Franek remained in the Austrian Bundesheer after the war and for his own personal gallantry and that of his company during the battles at hill 146 was awarded the Knights' Cross of the Order of Maria Theresa in the 187th awards ceremony on 10th June 1921. Between 1919 and 1929 he served as a company commander, battalion adjutant and instructor at military schools. He qualified as a Doctor of political science on the 20th of May 1924 and was promoted to Major on the 27th of September 1927. From the Spring of 1925 he had attended General Staff training and on the 1st of October 1929 he was seconded to the War Archives in Vienna. Whilst at the War Archives he participated in authoring the multi-volume official Austrian history of the First World War. From 1st October 1934 until the 1st November 1938 he was a tactics instructor at the Maria Theresa Military Academy at Wiener-Neustadt having been promoted to Obserstleutnant on the 15th of November 1934. Following the annexation of Austria by Germany he was transferred into the Wehrmacht in his then present rank as a battalion commander in IR.32 at Teplitz-Schönau and progressed through regimental and divisional command. He was awarded the Knights' Cross of the Iron Cross on 4th November 1941 for bravery whilst commanding IR.405. Probably his most notable command was a four month stint leading the famous Austrian 44.ID. 'Hoch und Deutschmeister' in the Spring of 1944 at Monte Cassino. Captured by the Russians whilst commanding 73.ID. General Franek remained a prisoner of war until 22nd July 1948. The General died in Vienna on the 8th April 1976.

Of note is the fact that General Franek and General Alois Windisch were the only two officers of the former Austro-Hungarian army to be awarded both the Knights' Cross of the Order of Maria Theresa and the Knights' Cross of the Iron Cross. Uniquely General Franek was the only individual to win both the above mentioned awards and the Golden Bravery Medal for Officers.

Source: www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk

Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht -Northwest in the tough multi-day defensive battles at Cassino, the 44th Reichsgrenadier Division 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister' under the leadership of Lieutenant General Franek with a subordinate battalion of the Grenadier Regiment (mot) 8 and a battle group under the leadership of Colonel Baade particularly distinguished themselves.

Source: wiki2.org

Generalleutnant Bruno Ortner 

Bruno Ortner (born October 7, 1889 in Admont, died 1971 in Wildin in Styria) was a lieutenant-general in the German Army during World War II.

After completion of his cadet training on August 16, 1908 Ortner served as an ensign in the Austro-Hungarian army with the k.u.k.-Heer beim k.u.k. Regiment Nr. 16. After attending military school, he was promoted to Leutnant on 1 November 1909. During the First World War, he continued to serve in the Austro-Hungarian army, being promoted on 1 August 1914 to Oberleutnant and later, on August 1, 1917, he was promoted to Hauptmann. After the First World War he served in the new Austrian army also as a Hauptmann.

First, he was employed as a company commander in the Alpenjäger-Regiment 12 and promoted to Major in 1921. From 1926 to 1928 he attended the Military Academy. On March 1, 1934 he joined the General Staff of the 1st Division. He was promoted on January 1, 1936 to Oberstleutnant and after the annexation of Austria into the German Reich as an Oberstleutnant in the German Wehrmacht. From 1 April 1938, he served on the regimental staff of Infanterie-Regiments 50 in Landsberg on the Warta River, where he was promoted to Oberst on 1 February 1939.

In the mobilization for World War II in the summer of 1939, he was appointed 1st general staff officer of the 239. Infanterie-Division. He was appointed in mid September 1939 as the commander of the newly drawn up Infanterie-Regiment 272 of 93. Infanterie-Division. This regiment he led after the deployment phase in November 1939 in the Saar and in the spring of 1940 in the Divisionverband during the western campaign. After this campaign, the regiment was on leave and only reinstated in February 1941 as an occupation force in northern France. He was promoted to Generalmajor was on April 1, 1941 and in the summer of 1941 he moved with his Infanterie-Regiment 272 as part of 93. Infanterie-Division in the northern sector of the Eastern Front. But soon after, he was transferred to the Führerreserve and in September 1941 was moved to Norway where he was commander of the 69. Infanterie-Division. This division he led in December 1941 in the northern sector of the Eastern Front in Leningrad.

On October 1, 1942, Ortner was promoted to Generalleutnant. Again, he was transferred in the winter of 1943-44 into the Führerreserve. He was shortly thereafter appointed as Commander of the newly formed 91. Infanterie-Division, which was currently in training. Even so at the end of the winter his division was moved into the area of Reims in France and converted there to a Luftlande-Division. At the end of April 1944, he was again placed in the Führerreserve and then appointed on 1 May 1944 as Commander of the Reichsgrenadier-Division 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister'. He held this command only briefly until June 25, 1944, and from this command was moved once again into the Führerreserve. Finally, at of the end of July 1944 he was appointed commander of the 281. Sicherungs-Division in northern Russia, with which he was moved again to the northern sector of the Eastern Front. In late July 1944 Generalmajor Alois Windisch took over his command and Ortner was given command of the 290. Infanterie-Division. Ortner is mentioned in dispatches on August 18, 1944: "In the heavy defensive battles in area of Birsen under the overall command of General der Infanterie Hilpert the Silesian 81. Infanteriedivision, under the command of Colonel von Bentivegni and the North German 290. Infanteriedivision, under the command of Lieutenant-General Ortner, both are awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross for exemplary bravery and daring counter-attacks. " In September 1944, he took over again as commander of the 281. Sicherungs-Division . In January 1945, the division was renamed in the 281. Infanterie-Division whose commander he remained.

Ortner was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 20 January 1945. He and his division were then used in February 1945 by the Army Group Vistula. The command of the 281st Infanterie Division he held until late April 1945, he was again placed in Führerreserve pending transfer to the leadership of the 290th Infanterie Division.

On 7 May 1945 Ortner fell into Allied hands, from which he was discharged in 1946.

Source: www.ennstalwiki.at

Generalleutnant Paul Klatt 


Paul Klatt (6 December 1896 – 6 June 1973) was a German general who commanded the 3. Gebirgs.-Division during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Paul Klatt was captured by Soviet troops in May 1945 and was held until October 1955.
Source: Wikipedia

Little is known of Klatt's leadership of the 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister', possibly as a caretaker appointment (16 June 1944 - 21 June 1944), pending the appointment of Generalleutnant von Rost.


Generalleutnant Hans-Günther von Rost
Hans-Günther von Rost was the son of Generalleutnant Otto von Rost and his wife Anna, and was born in Bieber. After attending military academy, he joined the Feld-Artillerie-Regiment von Scharnhorst (1. Hannoversches) Nr. 10 on May 20, 1914. On 6 August 1914, he was promoted to Leutnant in the regiment. During the war he served as a platoon commander, an adjutant and a battery commander and on April 18, 1918 he was promoted to Oberleutnant.

On October 1, 1919 he rejoined the Army initially serving in the Reichswehr-Artillerie-Regiment 10. On October 1, 1920, he transferred to Artillerie-Regiment 3, where he was promoted on 1st October 1926 to Hauptmann. From 1 June 1927, he served as regimental adjutant on the staff of that regiment. On August 2, 1927, he married Huberta Andreae. From 1 October 1928, he became battery commander of the 14th battery. On August 1, 1934 he was promoted to Major, then on October 1, 1934 he served as adjutant in the Gruppenkommando 1. From 1 October 1935 he became commander of the horse Artillerie-Abteilung 1. On March 1, 1937 he was promoted to Oberstleutnant and on 1 April, 1937 he served as adjutant on Gruppenkommando 4. From 1 April 1938, he was then adjutant in Gruppenkommando 5.

On August 1, 1939, he was promoted to Oberst and on 1 October 1939 was appointed commander of the Artillery Regiment 1, Artillerie-Regiments 13. On 4 March 1942 he was transferred to the Führerreserve.

From 6 July 1942, he served on the staff of the Commander in the Netherlands. On August 1, 1942, he was appointed to the staff of der Heeres-Kontroll-Inspektion der deutschen Waffenstillstands-Kommission. On March 1, 1943 he was promoted to Generalmajor, he was on the same day appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff III. Army Corps. On 1 May 1944, he was promoted to Generalleutnant. From 1 June 1944, he was given command of the 3. Panzergrenadier-Division and from 21 June 1944, the Reichsgrenadier Division 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister'. On March 23, 1945, as commander of that division he fell in combat at Székesfehérvár in Hungary.

 Source: www.lexicon-der-wehrmacht.de


Oberst Heinz-Joachim Hoffmann



Born: 28.09.1907, Markthausen
Died: 21.05.1973, Bergisch Neukirchen

01.10.1935 Oberleutnant
01.04.1944 Oberstleutnant
09.11.1944 Oberst

Chef 11.Kp./Inf.Rgt. 44 (1939)
Kdr. III./Inf.Rgt. 44 (1942)
Kdr. Gren.Rgt. 132 (1944-1945)
Temporary Divisional Commander (23/5/45 to 5/4/45)

RK (15.04.1942)
DKiG (02.01.1942)

Source: www.wehrmacht-awards.com

Generalmajor Rudolf Langhäuser
Born: 21.08.1900, Munich
Died: 20.03.1976,


04.1938 - 11.1944 General Staff of VII. Army Corps, Munich
11.1941 - 11.1942 Ia 93. Infantry Division (at the same time)
11.1944 - 12.1944 Commander of the Grenadier-Regiment 113
12.1944 - 29.12.1944 delegated with temporary leadership of 560th Volksgrenadier-Division
01.01.1945 - 25.03.1945 delegated with temporary leadership of 12th Volksgrenadier-Division
25.03.1945 - 08.05.1945 Commander of the Reichsgrenadier-Division 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister'



Operations Officers (Ia)
1 April 1938 - 9 December 1939
Oberstleutnant i.G. Paul Reinhold Herrmann 
10 December 1939 - 30 September 1940
Oberstleutnant i.G. Hans Doerr
 1 October 1940 - 10 August 1941
Major i.G. Siegmund Freiherr von Imhoff
10 August 1941 - 28 January 1943
Major i.G. Kurt Radtke
1 March 1943 - 15 April 1944
Oberstleutnant i.G. Friedrich Reinhardt
15 April 1944 - 15 November 1944
Oberstleutnant i.G. Lothar Metz 
10 November 1944 - 23 March 1945
Oberstleutnant i.G. Franz Vogl
23 March 1945 – 30 April 1945
Hauptmann Rönnefarth
1 May 1945 - 8 May 1945
Oberstleutnant i.G. Schönefeld

  Quartermaster Officers (Ib)

1 April 1938 - 31 January 1938
Major i.G. Dr. Augendoppler
1 February 1938 - 1 July 1940
Hauptmann i.G. Hufnagel
1 July 1940 - 15 January 1941
Hauptmann k.z.G. R.u.E. von Rosenthal
15 January 1941 - 31 March 1942
Major i.G. Duensig
1 April 1942 - 15 October 1942
Major i.G. Renschhausen
16 October 1942 - 30 January 1943
Hauptmann i.G. Freiherr von Göhler
1 March 1943 - 27 October 1943
Major i.G. Ilking
27 October 1943 - 20 February 1944
Major i.G. Lobedanz
20 February 1944 - 14 July 1944
Mayor i.G. Franz Vogl
14 July 1944 - 18 October 1944
Oberleutnant Albrecht
18 October 1944 - 10 November 1944
Major i.G. Franz Vogl
10 November 1944 – 15 February 1945
Major i.G. Taeger
15 February 1944 - 30 April 1945
Oberleutnant Albrecht
30 April 1945 - 8 May 1945
Major i.G. Jahn





 Wiener Infanterie Regiment Erzherzog Carl Nr. 3

From August 1, 1938 Infanterie Regiment 131

From October 15, 1942 Grenadier Regiment 131

Oberst i.G. Eberle - April 1, 1937-March 13, 1938

Oberstleutnant Skala - April 1, 1937-March 13, 1938

Oberstleutnant Sefcik - March 13, 1938-March 16, 1938

Oberstleutnant Ricker - March 17, 1938-July 31, 1938

Oberst Scheid - August 1, 1938-October 30, 1938

Oberstleutnant Otto Braun - November 1, 1938-March 15, 1939

Oberst Scheid - March 15, 1939-March 31, 1939

Oberst Dr Franz Beyer - April 1, 1939-September 23, 1939

Oberstleutnant Eibl - September 23, 1939-October 23, 1939

Oberst Magnus - October 24, 1939-July 31, 1940

Oberst Dr Franz Beyer - August 1, 1940-December 31, 1941

Major Parpart - January 1, 1942-January 19, 1942

Oberstleutnant Poppinga - January 19, 1942-May 10, 1942

Major Wortmann - May 10, 1942-July 5, 1942

Oberst Poppinga - July 5, 1942-October 31, 1942

Oberst Walther - November 1, 1942-January 28, 1943

Major Biersack - March 31, 1943-April 2, 1943

Oberst Dr Kinzelbach April 3, 1943-January 29, 1944

Oberstleutnant Zirngibl - February 1, 1944-February 24, 1944

Oberst Nagel - February 24, 1944-September 14, 1944

Major Tolkmitt - September 14, 1944-October 9, 1944

Oberstleutnant Fels - October 10, 1944-February 22, 1945

Major Leitner - February 22, 1945-April 20, 1945


Niederoesterreichisches Infanterie Regiment Nr. 6 und Wiener Infanterie Regiment Babenberg Nr. 15


From August 1, 1938 Infanterie Regiment 132

From October 15, 1942 Grenadier Regiment 132


Oberst Scheid - April 1, 1937-July 31, 1938

Oberst Franz Schmidt - April 1, 1937-March 13, 1938

Generalmajor Brauner-Haidringen - August 1 1938-November 24, 1939

Oberst Spengler - November 25, 1939-June 4, 1940

Oberst Eibl - June 8, 1940-January 6, 1942

Oberstleutnant Georg Walther - January 6, 1942-October 31, 1942

Oberst Begemann - November 1, 1942-January 28, 1943

Oberstleutnant Walter Furbach - March 1, 1943-February 6, 1944

Oberstleutnant Hoffmann - February 10, 1944-September 1944

Major Leitner - September 1944-October 1944

Oberst Hoffman - October 1944-March 10, 1945

Major Vesenmayer - March 10, 1944-April 24, 1945

Oberst Hoffmann - April 24, 1945-May 8, 1945


Wiener Infanterie Regiment “Hoch und Deutschmeister Nr. 4 und Burgenlaendisch-Niederoesterreichisches Infanterie Regiment Carl Herzog von Lothringen Nr. 13

From August 1, 1938 Infanterie Regiment 134

From October 15, 1942 Grenadier Regiment 134

From June 19, 1943 Reichs-Grenadier-Regiment Hoch und Deutschmeister:


Oberst Richter - April 1, 1937-March 13, 1938

Oberst Plammer - March 14, 1938-July 31, 1938

Oberstleutnant Fucik - August 1, 1938-November 9, 1938

Oberst Goeritz - November 10, 1938-June 25, 1940

Oberst von Holwede - June 25, 1940-October 3, 1940

Oberst Arthur Boje - October 4, 1940-January 28, 1943

Oberstleutnant Hoelzel - March 1, 1943-April 30, 1943

Oberst Boehlke - May 1, 1943-November 2, I943

Oberst Koschella - November 6, 1943-July 4, 1944

Oberstleutnant Erwin Koch - July 4, 1944-October 19, 1944

Major Leitner - October 19, 1944-January 29, 1945

Oberstleutnant Koch - January 29, 1945-February 17, 1945

Major Leitner - February 17, 1945-March 11, 1945

Major Tolkmitt - March 11, 1945-April 24, 1945

Major Leitner - April 24, 1945-May 8, 1945



Burgenlaendisches Leichtes Artillierregiment Nr. 1 und Wiener Leichtes Artillerieregiment Nr. 2

From August 1, 1938 Artillerieregiment 96


Oberst Guezky - April 1, 1937-March 13, 1938

Oberst/Generalmajor Zaepffel - March 13, 1938-March 31, 1939*

Oberst Berlin - April 1, 1939-June 30, 1939

Oberst Kistner - July 1, 1939-October 3, 1940

Oberst Kaiser - October 4, 1940-July 11, 1941

Oberstleutnant Skvara - July 11, 1941-December 25, 1941

Oberstleutnant Petzhold - December 28, 1941-December 1942

Major Jiras - December 1942-January 28, 1943

Oberst Gervers - March 1, 1943-February 5, 1944

Oberst Siehl - February 5, 1944-March 21, 1945

Hauptmann Heinrich Jandl - March 21, 1945-March 31, 1945

Major Prelz - April 1, 1945-May 8, 1945

Unit Organisation

Infanterie Regiment 131
Infanterie Regiment 132
Infanterie Regiment 134
Artillerie Regiment 96
- I. Abteilung
- II. Abteilung
- III. Abteilung
I./Artillerie Regiment 97*
Radfahr Abteilung 44
Panzerjäger Abteilung 46
Pioneer Bataillon 80
Nachrichten Abteilung 64
Feldersatz Bataillon 44
Sanitats Abteilung 44
Versorgungseinheiten 44
* Reformed as IV./Artillerie-Regiment 96 in April 1943.

Reichsgrenadier Regiment 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister'
Grenadier Regiment 131
Grenadier Regiment 132
Artillerie Regiment 96
Aufklärungs Abteilung 44
Panzerjäger Abteilung 46
s.Granatwerfer Bataillon 44*
Pioneer Bataillon 80
Nachrichten Abteilung 64
Feldersatz Bataillon 'Hoch- und Deutschmeister'
Sanitats Abteilung 44
Versorgungseinheiten 44
* This battalion was raised in Italy on 14/9/1944, with three companies (see the Italian Campaign blog page for more details).

War Service 44th Infanterie Division
 Dates  Korps Armee  Armeegrupp  Area 
 9.39  XVII  14. Armee  Süd   Krakau, Lemberg
 12.39-5.40  Reserve  OKH    Einbeck
 6.40  XXXX  6. Armee  B  Frankreich
 7.40-8.40  XXXI  7. Armee  B  Frankreich
 9.40-10.40  XXXI  7. Armee  C  Frankreich
 11.40-2.41  VI  7. Armee  D  Frankreich
 3.41  LIX  7. Armee  D  Frankreich
4.41  XVII  17. Armee  B  General Gouvernement
 5.41  XVII  6. Armee  A  General Gouvernement
 6.41  XVII  6. Armee  Süd  General Gouvernement
 7.41  XXIX  6. Armee  Süd  Shitomir
 8.41  LV  6. Armee  Süd  Kiew
 9.41  XVII  6. Armee  Süd  Kiew
 10.41  LI  6. Armee  Süd  Charkow
 11.41-12.41  LV  6. Armee  Süd  Charkow
 1.42-7.42  LI  6. Armee  Süd  Charkow
 8.42  LI  6. Armee  B  Stalingrad
9.42-11.42 XI 6. Armee B Stalingrad
 12.43-2.43  VIII  6. Armee  Don  Stalingrad
 War Service Reichsgrenadier Division "Hoch- und Deutschmeister"
Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
4.43 - 7.43 Reforming 15. Armee D Belgien
9.43 Reserve   B Norditalien
10.43-11.43 II. SS   B Istrien
XIV 10. Armee C Cassino
6.44-9.44 LI 10. Armee C Apennin
10.44 Reserve 10. Armee C Apennin
11.44 LXXXXVII   C Udine
12.44 LXVIII 2. Pz. Armee F Fünfkirchen
1.45 LXVIII 2. Pz. Armee Süd Fünfkirchen
2.45 FH (IV) 8. Armee Süd Gran
3.45 Reserve   Süd Plattensee
4.45 (Kgr.) I. Kav. 2. Pz. Armee Süd  Radkersburg, raz
 5.45 (Kgr.)  XXXXIII  8. Armee  Ostmark  northeast of Linz
 Knights Cross Holders  
Hauptmann Arnulf Abele, Kdr. I./HuD - 12/2/1944
Oberstleutnant Hermann Begemann, Kdr. Gren. Rgt. 132 - 18/12/1942
Oberst Dr Franz Beyer, Kdr. I.R. 131 - 12/9/1941
Oberleutnant Walter Birk, A.A. 44 - 2/11/1941
Oberst Arthur Boje, Kdr. I.R. 134 - 5/2/1942
Generalmajor Heinrich-Anton Deboi, Kdr. 44 I.D. - 10/9/1942
Oberstleutnant Karl Eibl, Kdr. III./131 - 15/8/1940
Leutnant Josef Glatz, Fhr, 1./Pz.Jäg. Abt. 46 - 12/1/1945
Oberleutnant Rudolf Heger, Fhr. 4./A.R. 96 - 20/1/1943
Unteroffizier Willi Hilss, Pz.Jäg. Abt. 46 - 19/1/1941
Feldwebel Anton Larsich, 8./I.R. 190 - 25/2/1942
Major Leopold Leitner, Fhr. Kampfgruppe - 24/12/1944
Oberst Willy Nagel, Kdr. G.R. 131 - 12/6/1944
Oberleutnant Leonhard Nechansky, Chef 1./ G.R. 131 - 20/1/1943
Leutnant Karl-Heinz Noak, 2./Pz.Jäg. Abt. 46 - 7/8/1940
Oberfeldwebel Heinz Paetow, 6./G.R. 132 - 17/12/1942
Unteroffizier Otto Peschke, 2./G.R. 132, 5/3/1945
Major Eberhard Pohl Kdr. I./134 - 17/12/1942
Oberstleutnant Hinrich Poppinga, Kdr. I.R. 131 - 2/5/1942
Major Franz-Xaver Raucheisen, Kdr. II./131 – 5/8/1940
Unteroffizier Otto Rendl, 14./I.R. 132 - 28/7/1942
Generalleutnant Hans-Günther von Rost, Kdr. R.Gren.Div. HuD - 21/3/1945
Oberleutnant Fritz Sacha, 2./Pz.Jäg. Abt. 160 - 20/1/1943
Generalleutnant Friedrich Siebert, Kdr. 44 I.D. - 18/11/1941
Major Arnold Simons, Fhr, I.R. 190 - 4/3/1942
Leutnant Friedrich Schiller, Fhr. 5./I.R. 131 - 6/1/1942
Oberleutnant Klaus Voormann, Chef 10./I.R. 134 10/9/1942
Oberstleutnant Karl Walter. Kdr. G.R. 131 - 22/1/1943

Oakleaves to the Knights Cross 
Oberst Karl Eibl, Kdr. G.R. 131 – 31/12/1941 

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (60)

Adam, Walter, 26.07.1944, Wachtmeister, Aufkl.Abt. 44
Agis, Hermann, 31.01.1945, Hauptmann d.R., 7./Gren.Rgt. 132
Amberger, Anton, 25.01.1943, Oberfeldwebel, Gren.Rgt. 131
Angerer, Hermann, 15.07.1942, Major, III./Art.Rgt. 96
Balak, Wilhelm, 31.01.1945, Oberfeldwebel d.R., 1./Pz.Jäg.Abt. 46
Bethge, Willi, 20.09.1943, Oberfeldwebel, Pi.Btl. 80
Beyer, Wilhelm, 25.01.1943, Oberleutnant, Gren.Rgt. 131
Boestel, Herbert, 15.04.1945, Hauptmann d.R., 3./Pi.Btl. 80
Boje, Arthur, 26.12.1941, Oberst, Kdr. Inf.Rgt. 134
Botschen, August, 26.08.1942, Wachtmeister, 2.(Rdf.)Schw./Aufkl.Abt. 44
Brehme, Heersieg, 20.09.1942, Hauptmann, 44. Inf.Div.
Brozek, Hans, 23.11.1944, Oberfeldwebel, 8./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Diederichsen, Jürgen, 11.04.1942, Hauptmann, Pi.Btl. 80
Ebel, Fritz, 08.12.1942, Oberleutnant, Gren.Rgt. 132
Eder, Emil, 25.08.1944, Oberfeldwebel d.R., 8./Gren.Rgt. 132
Eimannsberger von, Robert, 09.10.1942, Oberleutnant, 3./Art.Rgt. 96
Einseidel Graf von, Wittigo, 26.08.1942, Oberleutnant, s.Schw./Aufkl.Abt. 44
Fahrion, Wilhelm, 28.02.1942, Feldwebel, Inf.Rgt. 131
Fels, Karl, 14.06.1942, Major, 44. Inf.Div.
Glatz, Josef (“Sepp”), 07.08.1944, Leutnant, 1./Pz.Jäg.Abt. 46
Heger, Fritz, 09.10.1942, Feldwebel, 3./Inf.Rgt. 132
Heintzel, Karl, 02.04.1942, Hauptmann, Inf.Rgt. 131
Hendess, Karl-Otto, 27.10.1942, Oberfeldwebel, 10./Inf.Rgt. 132
Herrmann, Wilhelm, 22.09.1944, Oberfähnrich, 6./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Hilmbauer, Anton, 25.03.1944, Obergefreiter, Aufkl.Abt. 44
Hofer, Johann, 26.12.1941, Oberfeldwebel, II./Inf.Rgt. 131
Hütz von, Leopold, 03.10.1942, Oberleutnant, 3./Inf.Rgt. 134
Jaehn, Arthur, 28.01.1943, Hauptmann, Gren.Rgt. 132
Kalteis, Gustav, 26.09.1942, Feldwebel, 5./Inf.Rgt. 131
Kampmann, Josef, 15.04.1945, Oberleutnant d.R., Div.Füs.Btl. “HuD”
Keller, Sebastian, 30.03.1945, Unteroffizier, 1./Pz.Jäg.Abt. 46
Keppler, Clemens, 03.10.1942, Unteroffizier, 10./Inf.Rgt. 134
Klebel, Otto, 20.01.1945, Hauptmann, Gren.Rgt. 132
Knapp, Franz, 02.02.1942, Oberleutnant, Pz.Jäg.Abt. 46
Knoll, Günther, 28.08.1944, Hauptmann, II./Gren.Rgt. 132
Krieg, Hans-Joachim, 08.02.1945, Major, I./Gren.Rgt. 132
Kwisda, Hans-Georg, 17.08.1944, Major, Aufkl.Abt. 44
Lemmen, Walter, 25.01.1943, Oberleutnant, Gren.Rgt. 131
Lossow von, Jobst, 20.09.1942, Major, Pz.Jäg.Abt. 46
Mittasch, Johann, 11.04.1942, Unteroffizier, Pi.Btl. 80
Müller, Karl, 25.01.1943, Hauptmann d.R., I./Art.Rgt. 96
Ostermann, Hellmuth, 20.09.1942, Leutnant d.R., 7./Inf.Rgt. 131
Ottmann, Theodor, 25.01.1943, Oberleutnant, Pi.Btl. 80
Pahlen Baron von der, Douglas, 09.08.1942, Oberleutnant, 1./Art.Rgt. 96
Parpat, Hans, 28.02.1942, Major, Inf.Rgt. 131
Pohl, Eberhard, 02.04.1942, Major, Inf.Rgt. 134
Putzlager, Heinrich, 31.01.1945, Hauptmann, II./Gren.Rgt. 132
Radtke, Kurt, 25.01.1943, Oberstleutnant i.G., Ia 44. Inf.Div.
Rehberg, Otto, 27.01.1945, Oberfeldwebel, 1./Pz.Jäg.Abt. 46
Reinhardt, Friedrich, 23.03.1944, Oberstleutnant i.G., Ia Reichsgren.Div. “HuD”
Schenk, Josef, 20.09.1942, Oberleutnant, Inf.Rgt. 131
Schmid, Josef, 26.08.1942, Oberleutnant d.R., 1./Inf.Rgt. 134
Schwarzer, Hans, 27.04.1945, Oberleutnant d.R., 7./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Slomkowsky, Franz, 25.01.1943, Oberfeldwebel, Gren.Rgt. 131
Tolkmitt, Helmut, 23.11.1944, Major, I./Gren.Rgt. 131
Tüffers, Eugen, 25.01.1943, Hauptmann d.R., 2./Art.Rgt. 96
Wedell, Lothar, 27.10.1942, Oberleutnant, Pi.Btl. 80
Weichbrodt, Karl-Heinz, 25.01.1943, Oberleutnant, 3./Radf.Abt. 44
Wöllner, Herbert, 29.05.1943, Oberfeldwebel, 9./Gren.Rgt. 132
Wortmann, Helmut, 25.03.1942, Major, 11./Inf.Rgt. 131


Holders of the German Cross in Silver (1)

Kreuzig, Dr. Hans, 30.07.1944, Stabsarzt d.R., San.Kp. 2/44


Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (19)

Angerer, Hermann, 18.03.1942, Major, III./Art.Rgt. 96
Asinger, Hermann, 27.11.1944, Oberfeldwebel d.R., 2./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Bollermann, Johann, 14.12.1942, Feldwebel, 7./Gren.Rgt. 134
Eibl, Karl, 08.08.1941, Oberst, Kdr. Inf.Rgt. 132
Enk, Nikolaus, 17.01.1945, Oberfeldwebel, 6./Gren.Rgt. 131
Grandis, Karl, 28.03.1942, Feldwebel, 1./Inf.Rgt. 134
Hauswirth, Friedrich, 25.09.1944, Oberleutnant, 11./Gren.Rgt. 132
Horstmann, Heinz, 08.02.1943, Feldwebel, 3./Gren.Rgt. 134
Klebel, Otto, 15.02.1945, Hauptmann, I./Gren.Rgt. 132
Klier, Vinzenz, 25.07.1944, Obergefreiter, 10./Gren.Rgt. 131
Knoll, Günther, 15.02.1945, Hauptmann, I./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Kuffner, Adolf, 28.03.1942, Feldwebel, 3./Inf.Rgt. 134
Ottmann, Theodor, 18.03.1942, Leutnant, 1./Pi.Btl. 80
Schmölzer, Peter, 27.07.1944, Oberfeldwebel, Stabs.Kp./Gren.Rgt. 131
Siegismund, Rudolf, 05.10.1944, Feldwebel, 5./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Stemmler, Klaus, 15.12.1944, Oberleutnant, 3./Art.Rgt. 96
Weichbrodt, Karl-Heinz, 05.09.1942, Oberleutnant, 9./Inf.Rgt. 132
Wiltschko, Friedrich, 27.07.1944, Feldwebel, 14./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Ziller Freiherr von, Hans-Georg, 27.09.1944, Rittmeister, 4./Aufkl.Abt. 44 

Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (5)

Goppold von Lobsdorf, Wolfgang, 27.01.1944 (2817), Leutnant, Kp.Fhr. 11./Reichsgren.Rgt. “HuD”
Harrer, Leopold, 17.08.1944 (3729), Major, Kdr. II./Art.Rgt. 96
Knapp, Franz, 05.10.1942 (1259), Oberleutnant, Chef 2./Pz.Jäg.Abt. 46
Restorff von, [first name not listed], 01.03.1942 (756), Oberleutnant, Btl.Fhr. III./ Inf.Rgt. 131
Scholz, Dr. Helmuth, 17.07.1943 (1891), Oberstabsarzt, Chef San.Kp. 2/44

Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (2)

Schefbeck, Hermann, 16.05.1942 (134a), Gefreiter, Stab II./Inf.Rgt. 132
Stimetz, Karl, 16.05.1942 (134), Obergefreiter, Stab II./Inf.Rgt. 132

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