Volunteer: 6 August 1914
September 1915 (without Patent)
3 April 1918 (Patent 23 March 1914)
1 April 1923
1 April 1928
1 October 1937
1 October 1940
1 July 1943
1 January 1944
der Infanterie: 20 April 1945
& Assignments (included):
August 1914: Entered the Army as a War Volunteer in the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment
1915: Commissioned a Leutnant in Infantry Regiment 195, transferred to the
Grenadier-Regiment Graf Kleist von Nollendorf (1. Westpreußisches) Nr.6 later
in World War I.
October 1938: Commander of Machinegun Battalion 15.
January 1940-23 August 1942: Commander of Infantry Regiment 392 of the 169th
Infantry Division. [On 1 July 1941, the German Higher Command for Special
Employment XXXVI, commanded by General der Kavallerie z.V. Hans Feige, consisting of the
169th Infantry Division (Generalmajor Kurt Dittmar) and SS-Division “Nord”
(SS-Gruppenführer Karl-Maria Demelhuber) launched Operation “Polarfuchs” (Polar
Fox), an attack against Russia from Finland with the objective of cutting
the Murmansk Railroad at Kandalaksha. During
hard fighting in which portions of SS-Division “Nord” broke and ran, the command
captured Salla and Aalakurtti but ground to a halt in mid-September 1941 about
22 miles short of its objective. The command made no further gains and dug
in along the Verman River. Commanded by Generalleutnant Hermann Tittel since
29 September 1941, the division continued to serve on this static and largely
quiet front for the next few years.]
October 1942-29 March 1943: Commander of the Potsdam War School.
1943: Attended the Division Leader Course.
May 1943-3 October 1943: Commander of the 216th Infantry Division on the Eastern
December 1943-3 September 1944: Commander of the 272nd Infantry Division in
Belgium and France.
September 1944-21 September 1944: Delegated with the leadership of the LXXXI
Army Corps on the Western Front.
November 1944-16 December 1944: Delegated with the leadership of the LXXXV
Army Corps on the Western Front.
January 1945-30 January 1945: Attended the Course for Commanding Generals.
March 1945-April 1945: Commanding General of the XXXII Army Corps on the Western
Front and in the Ruhr pocket.
1945-Circa 1947: Prisoner of war in American and, later, British captivity.
- 9th January 1946
transferred from Camp 1 to Island Farm Special Camp 11
- 17th December
1946 transferred from Island Farm Special Camp 11 to Allendorf (on loan),
- 30th September
1947 transferred to US Custody for discharge
Cross of the Iron Cross: 24 July 1941, Oberst, Commander of Infantry
(No. 597): 21 September 1944, Generalleutnant, Commander of the 272nd Infantry
Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914):
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914):
Bar to the Prussian Iron Cross, 1st Class:
Bar to the Prussian Iron Cross, 2nd Class:
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
Eagle, 1st Class
Eagle, 2nd Class
Military Merit Order, 5th Class (Knight’s Cross) – World War I award
Badge in Black – World War II award
Order of the Cross of Liberty, 2nd Class with Swords: 12 December 1941.
in the Wehrmachtbericht [Armed Forces Communiqué]: 4 August 1944; 27 August
 On 18 November 1941, the Higher Command for
Special Employment XXXVI was redesignated XXXVI Mountain Army Corps.
 Generalleutnant Kurt Dittmar, SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS
Karl-Maria Demelhuber and General der Artillerie Hermann Tittel
were all held as prisoners of war at Island Farm Special Camp 11.