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Hermann Recknagel

Hermann Recknagel
Hermann Recknagel
Born (1892-07-18)18 July 1892
Strauchmühle Hofgeismar, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 23 January 1945(1945-01-23) (aged 52)
near Piotrków Trybunalski at the Vistula, General Government
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infantrie-Regiment 54
111. Infanterie-Division
XXXXII.Armeekorps
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Hermann Recknagel (18 July 1892, Hofgeismar – 23 January 1945) was a German general during World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Recknagel was shot on 23 January 1945 by partisans between Piotrków Trybunalski and Tomaszów Mazowiecki.

Awards

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 8 June 1940 In den letzten erbitterten Kämpfen um die Festung Dünkirchen tat sich vor allem ein Infanterieregiment unter seinen Kommandeur Oberst Recknagel und ein Infanteriebataillon unter seinem Kommandeur Major Schaller besonders hervor. In the recent fierce fighting around the fortress Dunkirk excelled above all an infantry regiment under his commander colonel Recknagel and an infantry battalion under its commander Major Schaller.
19 August 1944 (Addendum) In den schweren Abwehrkämpfen im großen Weichselbogen haben sich die unter dem Befehl des Generals der Infanterie Recknagel stehenden fränkisch-sudetendeutsche 88. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalmajor Graf von Rittberg und die hessisch-moselländische 72. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalmajors Hohn durch unerschütterlichen Kampfesmut und kühnes Draufgängertum ausgezeichnet.[4] In the fierce defensive battles in the great bend of the Vistula, the under the command of General of Infantry Recknagel standing Franco-Sudeten 88th Infantry Division, led by Major General Graf von Rittberg and the Hessian-Moselle 72nd Infantry Division under the leadership of Major General Hohn, have excelled themselves by showing unshakeable courage in battle and bold recklessness.
9 September 1944 (addendum) Im Weichselbrückenkopf, westlich Baranow, haben die unter dem Oberbefehl des Generals der Panzertruppen Balck, und dem Befehl der Generale der Panzertruppen Breith und Gräser sowie des Generals der Infanterie Recknagel stehenden Truppen im vergangenen Monat den Durchbruch massierter sowjetischer Kräfte vereitelt und den feindlichen Brückenkopf durch erfolgreiche Gegenangriffe eingeengt.[5] In the Vistula bridgehead west of Baranov, troops under the command in chief of General of Panzer Troops Balck, and commanded by the Generals of Panzer Troops Breith and Gräser as well as the General of the Infantry Recknagel prevented the break out last month of massed Soviet forces and narrowed the enemy bridgehead by counterattacks successfully.

References

Citations

  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 186.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 368.
  3. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 616.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 209.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 237.

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Military offices
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Otto Stapf
Commander of 111. Infanterie-Division
1 January 1942 – 15 August 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Werner von Bülow
Preceded by
Generalmajor Werner von Bülow
Commander of 111. Infanterie-Division
30 August 1943 – 1 November 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Erich Gruner
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Franz Mattenklott
Commander of XXXXII. Armeekorps
14 June 1944 – 23 January 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Arthur Finger


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