Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Prince Gustav Albrecht
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Spouse Margareta Fouché d'Otrante
Issue Prince Richard
Princess Madeleine
Prince Robin
Princess Tatiana
Princess Pia
House Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Father Richard 4th Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Mother Princess Madeleine zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
Born (1907-02-28)28 February 1907
Died 29 November 1969(1969-11-29) (aged 62)

Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst, 28 February 1907 – 1944 (declared legally dead 29 November 1969) was Prince and Head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. He was the son of Richard 4th Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and of his wife, née Princess Madeleine zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg.

Personal life[edit]

Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst as born on 28 February 1907 at Berleburg, Germany.[1] He married Margareta Fouché d'Otrante (28 March 1909 – 25 August 2005) on 26 January 1934 at Björnlunda, Södermanland Län, Sweden.

In June 1944, he was serving as a Nazi officer on a campaign in the Soviet Union. After disappearing during a mission near the Belarussian city of Orsha, Gustav Albrecht was declared missing in action. His family did not seek to have him declared dead until 29 November 1969, after the birth of Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on 12 January 1969; 29 November 1969 is listed as the official date of death for Gustav Albrecht.

He is alternately known as Gustav Albrecht Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Military service honors[edit]

Prince Gustav Albrecht served in the German Army in the rank and title of Rittmeister in the Ic 23. Panzer-Division.[2] He was awarded the German Cross in Silver (Kriegsorden des Deutschen Kreuzes in Silber)[3] on 18 August 1944. Additionally, he was awarded the War Merit Cross 1st. class with swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern), also known as the KVK 1, which was instituted on 18 October 1939 by Hitler; the date of this honor is not known.[4]

Children[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg family update". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ "Axis History Factbook: 23. Panzer-Division". Axishistory.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Axis History Factbook: German Cross in Silver Holders of 23. Panzer-Division". Axishistory.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ "SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN-BERLEBURG, Fürst zu, Gustav-Albr". Ww2awards.com. 1944-08-18. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Person Page 10406". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. [unreliable source]

References[edit]

Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Born: 1907 Died: 1969
Preceded by
Richard 4th Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Succeeded by
Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg