5 April 1923
1 December 1926
1 April 1942
1 March 1945
& Assignments (included):
April 1923: Entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker.
December 1926: Commissioned a Leutnant in the 16th Reiter [Mounted]-Regiment.
October 1934: Student at the War Academy.
July 1936: Transferred to the 2nd Department of the Army General Staff.
January 1938: Transferred into the Army General Staff.
August 1939: Transferred to the Organization Department of the Army General
September 1939: Operations Officer (Ia) of the 93rd Infantry Division.
[Commanded by Generalleutnant Otto Tiemann, the division served as a component
of the XXX Army Corps of Generaloberst Erwin von
Witzleben’s 1st Army facing the French Maginot Line in Lorraine. Manning
the West Wall fortifications (“Siegfried Line”), the 1st Army remained
on the defensive during the first phase of the German invasion of the
Low Countries and France. On 14 June 1940, the 1st Army finally went over
to the offensive in Operation “Tiger” and, after penetrating the Maginot
Line in several locations, advanced into the Vosges. Operating in conjunction
with the adjacent 7th Army (General der Artillerie Friedrich Dollmann)
and Panzer Group Guderian (General der Panzertruppe Heinz Guderian) sweeping
down from the northeast, the 1st Army helped encircle over 400,000 troops
of the French 2nd Army Group in Alsace-Lorraine.]
July 1940: Chief Supply Officer (Ib) in the General Staff of the XVII
Army Corps (General der Infanterie Werner Kienitz).
October 1940: Adjutant of the Chief of the Army General Staff (Generaloberst
April 1942: Chief of the Organization Department of the Army General Staff.
October 1942: Army High Command Leader Reserve
– duties determined by the Commander of Wehrkreis [Military District]
1943: Leader of the 16th Panzer Division Reception Staff. [Following the
destruction of the original 16th Panzer Division at Stalingrad in January
1943, Oberstleutnant Müller-Hildebrand’s
reception staff gathered all known survivors and veterans as the first
stage in forming a new division in France.]
March 1943-1 January 1944: Commander of Panzer Regiment 24 of the 24th
Panzer Division. [After being destroyed at Stalingrad in January 1943,
a new 24th Panzer Division began formation in France three months later.
Commanded by Generalleutnant Maximilian Freiherr von Edelsheim, the newly
rebuilt panzer division deployed to northern Italy in September 1943 followed
by a transfer to the Eastern Front less than two months later. Over the
next several months, the 24th Panzer Division saw combat at Nikopol
and Krivoi Rog in southern Russia while serving
variously under the 1st Panzer Army and the 6th Army.]
January 1944: Army High Command Leader Reserve – duties determined by the Chief of the Army
Personnel Office (P 3).
February 1944: Detached for special employment to the Chief of the Army
General Staff (Generaloberst Kurt Zeitzler).
April 1944: Chief of the General Staff of the XXXXVI Panzer Corps (General
der Infanterie Friedrich Schulz; Generalleutnant Smilo Freiherr von Lüttwitz
from 24 July 1944; Generalleutnant Maximilian Felzmann from 29 August
1944) on the Eastern Front.
September 1944-3 May 1945: Chief of the General Staff of the 3rd Panzer
Army (Generaloberst Erhard Raus and then General der Panzertruppe Hasso
von Manteuffel from 10 March 1945-3 May 1945) on the Eastern Front. [For
further information on the fate of the 3rd Panzer Army, refer to the profile
of General der Panzertruppe von Manteuffel.]
May 1945-30th September 1947: Prisoner of war in British captivity.
- 9th January 1946
transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
Letter sent to the camp commandant Major DB Topham 24the December 1946
- 3rd February 1947
transferred to LDC (London District Cage) from Island Farm Special Camp
- 30th September
1947 transferred to US Custody
Published a three-volume history of the German Army during the Third Reich-era
titled Das Heer 1933-1945.
Joined the post-World War II German Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces) with
the rank of Brigadegeneral.
March 1965: Retired from the Bundeswehr with the rank of Generalleutnant.
& Awards (included):
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