Georg Koßmala

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Georg Koßmala
Born (1896-10-22)22 October 1896
Myslowitz
Died 18 March 1945(1945-03-18) (aged 48)
Oberglogau
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–20
1935–45
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 32. Infanterie-Division
272. Volksgrenadier-Division
344. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

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

Georg Koßmala (22 October 1896 – 18 March 1945) was a Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Georg Koßmala was killed on 18 March 1945 in Oberglogau in Lower Silesia.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
25 August 1944 Bei dem Kämpfen im Raum von Modohn zeichnete sich die pommersche 32. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Ritterkreuzträgers Oberst Coszmala durch besonders Tapferkeit aus.[4] At the battles in the area of Modohn the 32nd pomeranian Infantry Division under the leadership of Knight's Cross Recipient Oberst Coszmala (sic) distinguished itself through exceptional bravery.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 397.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 222.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 69.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 218.
Bibliography
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hans Boeckh-Behrens
Commander of 32. Infanterie-Division
13 August 1944 - September 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hans Boeckh-Behrens
Preceded by
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Commander of 272. Volksgrenadier-Division
30 September 1944 - 13 December 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Eugen König
Preceded by
Generalmajor Rudolf Goltzsch
Commander of 344. Infanterie-Division
16 December 1944 - 28 February 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Rolf Scherenberg