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Georg Ritter von Hengl

Georg Ritter von Hengl
Born 21 October 1897
Lailing
Died 19 March 1952(1952-03-19) (aged 54)
Sonthofen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1919)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen SS
Heer
Years of service 1914–1921
1934–1945
Rank Obersturmbannführer (SS)
General der Gebirgstruppe (Heer)
Commands held 2. Gebirgs-Division
XIX. Gebirgs-Armeekorps
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Police Officer

Georg Ritter von Hengl[a] (21 October 1897 – 19 March 1952) was a highly decorated General der Gebirgstruppe in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the XIX Mountain Corps. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

During World War I, he had served in the Luftstreitkrafte and shot down a total of 7 aircraft between July and October 1918. From 1921 to 1934, he also served in the German police, reaching the rank of Hauptmann. Georg Ritter von Hengl was captured by Allied troops in May 1945 and was released in 1947.

World War I service

Hengl served initially in Reserve Infantry Battalion Nr. 21 near Ypres in 1914. The following year saw him transferred to the Eastern Front to serve in Russia. In October 1915, he was transferred south to the Serbian sector. He transferred back to France in 1916, to serve near Verdun; on 23 March he was promoted into the officer's ranks as a Leutnant. He then returned to duties in Russia. After requesting a transfer to aviation duty, he started aerial observer's training on 23 February 1918. Upon graduation, he was posted to the Kingdom of Bavaria's FA(A) 295. His usual pilot in the two-seater reconnaissance aircraft was Johann Baur. The duo were credited with six confirmed aerial victories together, beginning with a double victory over SPADs on 17 July 1918 over Courton Wood. The aircrew of Hengl and Baur were shot down behind British lines during the Third Battle of the Aisne; however, they were rescued from captivity by troopers from Württemberg. The pair would score another four victories in October 1918, with Hengl scoring a seventh while crewing for another pilot. [1]

Georg Hengl emerged from World War I having been awarded both classes of the Iron Cross and the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern. His native Kingdom of Bavaria also bestowed the Military Order of Max Joseph upon him;[1] one of the entitlements of this decoration was an award of lifetime nobility for him, signified by the addition of the phrase "Ritter von" to one's name. Georg Hengl thus became George Ritter von Hengl.[2]

Awards and decorations

Footnotes

  • a Regarding personal names: Ritter is a title, translated approximately as Knight, not a first or middle name. There is no equivalent female form.

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External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Georg Ritter von Hengl @ Axis Biographical Research
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Ernst Schlemmer
Commander of 2. Gebirgs--Division
2 March 1942 – 23 October 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hans Degen
Preceded by
General der Gebirgstruppe Ferdinand Schörner
Commander of XIX. Gebirgs-Armeekorps
23 October 1943 – 21 April 1944
Succeeded by
General der Gebirgstruppe Ferdinand Jodl
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