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This profile is based on a copy of Generalmajor von Loßberg’s microfilmed service record housed at the United States National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. Supplementary sources are listed below


NAME: Generalmajor Bernhard Viktor Hans Wolfgang von Loßberg

PW NO:          A938958

RANK:            Generalmajor

CAPTURED:   Neustadt / Holstein

DATE:             5th May 1945


DATE OF BIRTH:      26 July 1899

PLACE OF BIRTH:    Berlin-Wilmersdorf/Prussia

DATE OF DEATH:    15 March 1965

PLACE OF DEATH:   Wiesbaden

NATIONALITY:        German

RELIGION:                Evangelical

OCCUPATION:        Regular Soldier





Parents: General der Infanterie a.D. Friedrich-Karl and Clemence (née Herwarth von Bittenfeld) von Loßberg. General von Loßberg last served as the Commander-in-Chief of Group Command 1 before retiring from the Army on 1 October 1926. He greatly distinguished himself during World War I receiving the Prussian Pour le Mérite Order (21 September 1916) with Oakleaves (24 April 1917) while serving as the Chief of the General Staff of the 2nd Army and, later, the 6th Army on the Western Front.

Wife: Married Ella Schmidt (born 12 January 1909) on 15 July 1934 in Berlin – two sons.




A gifted staff officer of physically imposing size with a penchant for playing bridge, Generalmajor Bernhard von Loßberg played an important role planning Germany’s early campaigns as a member of the Armed Forces Operations Staff. Shortly after Hitler dismissed Generalfeldmarschall Walther von Brauchitsch from his post as Commander-in-Chief of the Army in December 1941, von Loßberg likewise incurred the Führer’s wrath. Incensed at his critical attitude regarding the command and control setup of the Armed Forces High Command, Hitler demanded the removal of von Loßberg from his headquarters staff. Despite his obvious operational talents, Generalmajor von Loßberg served out the rest of the war in a series of backwater posts.



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Generalmajor von Loßberg’s World War I Combat Service Record:

Eastern Front, 1917

Western Front, 1918

Supplemental Sources:

  • Bender, Roger James. Uniforms, Organization and History Legion Condor. R. James Bender Publishing, San Jose, California, 1992 (1st Edition).
  • Knappe, Siegfried with Brusaw, Ted. Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949. Dell Publishing, New York, New York, 1993.
  • Loßberg, Bernhard von. Im Wehrmachtführungsstab: Bericht eines Generalstabsoffiziers. H.H. Nölke Verlag, Hamburg, Germany, 1949 (second edition, May 1950).
  • Mehner, Kurt. Die deutsche Wehrmacht 1939-1945: Führung und Truppe. Militair-Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, Germany, 1993.
  • Mitcham, Samuel W. Jr. & Mueller, Gene. Hitler’s Commanders. Scarborough House, Lanham, Maryland, 1992.
  • Taylor, Telford. The March of Conquest: The German Victories in Western Europe, 1940. Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York, New York, 1958.

[1] Ultimately promoted to the rank of General der Artillerie, Walter Warlimont continued to serve as Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces Operations Staff until September 1944 when he went on sick leave following injuries received during the 20 July 1944 assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler.

[2] Under the direct charge of Generaloberst Wilhelm Keitel, the Chief of the Armed Forces High Command, and supervised by Generalmajor Alfred Jodl, Oberst Walter Warlimont headed the “Weserübung” planning staff. The staff was originally composed of three service-specific groups headed by Kapitän zur See Theodor Krancke of the Kriegsmarine, Oberst Dr. Robert Knauss of the Luftwaffe, and Oberstleutnant Eyk von Tippelskirch of the Army. After being tapped to command “Weserübung,” General der Infanterie Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, the Commanding General of the XXI Army Corps (designated Army Group XXI for the operation), joined the planning staff along with his chief of staff, Oberst Erich Buschenhagen, and a few other select members of his corps staff. Note: Achieving the rank of Admiral, Theodor Krancke was held for a time as a prisoner of war at Island Farm Special Camp 11 after the war.

[3] For further reading on Generalmajor Bernhard von Loßberg during this period, refer to the excellent memoir Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949 by Siegfried Knappe with Ted Brusaw. Major Knappe served as Generalmajor von Loßberg’s Operations Officer (Ia) from February-March 1945. Knappe retained this position in the General Staff of the LVI Panzer Corps and passed into Russian captivity when General der Artillerie Weidling surrendered Berlin on 2 May 1945.