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Erwin von Witzleben (left) and Curt Haase.
15 December 1881|
Honnef am Rhein, German Empire
|Died||9 February 1943
Berlin, Nazi Germany
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1901–1943|
|Commands held||3. Infanterie-Division
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Early Career (World War I)
Born in Honnef am Rhein, Rhine Province, Haase first entered into military service on 25 July 1901. He was a Fahnenjunker ("cadet") in the 65th Württemberg Field Artillery Regiment from 25 June 1901 to 1 October 1905. After this, he was promoted to Adjutant of I. Battalion of his regiment with the Instruction Regiment of the Field Artillery School until 18 August 1911. He soon was selected and detached to the War Academy, where he remained from 1 October 1911 until July 1914. In 1915, Haase was transferred to a staff position with the 51st Infantry Brigade. From late 1915 onwards to 1919, he served in the staff of the 204th Infantry Division and of the 28th Reserve Division. After the armistice, he was assigned a role with the Armistice Commission in Spa from October 1919 to April 1923.
World War II
During the interwar period, Haase continued his military career. From 1923 to March 1935, he was an advisor and commander of the 5th Artillery Regiment and Artillery Training Staff Jüterbog allocated to Frankfurt. In March 1935 to March 1936, he was promoted to Generalmajor and appointed commander of the 3rd Infantry Division in Berlin. Then he was transferred to act as commander of the 17th Infantry Division in Nuremberg where he stayed until October 1937. For his administrative ability, Haase was promoted to Generalleutnant on 1 August 1937. He became commander of III. Armeekorps on 16 November 1938.
During World War II, Haase was promoted to Generaloberst on 19 July 1940, and in mid November 1940, he was relieved of his command of III. Armeekorps and reassigned to the Führer-Reserve to wait for a command. In early 1941 he was made commander of 15th Army, serving until December 1942, when he was transferred to the Führer-Reserve for the remainder of his career. On 9 February 1943, he died at the age of 61 from advanced heart disease.
- Iron Cross (1914), 2nd and 1st class
- Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords
- Knight's Cross of the Military Merit Order (Württemberg)
- Knight's Cross, 1st class of the Albert Order with Swords (Saxony)
- Knight's Cross, 1st class of the Friedrich Order with Swords (Württemberg)
- Knight's Cross, 2nd class of the Order of the Zähringer Lion with Swords and Oak Leaves (Baden)
- Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Clasp to the Iron Cross, 1st and 2nd class
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 8 June 1940 as General der Artillerie and commanding general of the III. Armeekorps
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award, 4th with 1st class
- Anschluss Medal
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 208.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 357.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
|Commander of 3. Infanterie-Division
4 April 1934 – 3 July 1936
Generalmajor Walter Petzel
|Commander of III. Armeekorps
1 September 1939 - 13 November 1940
General der Infanterie Kurt von Greiff