Hans-Karl Freiherr von Esebeck

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Hans-Karl Freiherr von Esebeck
Born 10 July 1892
Died 5 January 1955(1955-01-05) (aged 62)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 11. Panzer Division
15th Panzer Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans-Karl Asmus Werner Freiherr von Esebeck[Notes 1] (10 July 1892 – 5 January 1955) was a German General who commanded the 15th Panzer Division in the Afrika Korps. He was also a conspirator against Adolf Hitler.

Von Esebeck had knowledge of and was sympathetic to the anti-Hitler conspiracy. He was arrested on 21 July 1944 and spent the rest of the war in concentration camps. Liberated at the end of the war he lived the rest of his life in poverty and died on 5 January 1955.[1]



  1. ^ Regarding personal names: Freiherr was a title before 1919, but now is regarded as part of the surname. It is translated as Baron. Before the August 1919 abolition of nobility as a legal class, titles preceded the full name when given (Graf Helmuth James von Moltke). Since 1919, these titles, along with any nobiliary prefix (von, zu, etc.), can be used, but are regarded as a dependent part of the surname, and thus come after any given names (Helmuth James Graf von Moltke). Titles and all dependent parts of surnames are ignored in alphabetical sorting. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


  1. ^ Mitcham 2007, p. 34.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 175.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 299.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W. (2007). Rommel's Desert Commanders — The Men Who Served the Desert Fox, North Africa, 1941–42. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-3510-9.
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Heinrich von Prittwitz und Gaffron
Commander of 15. Panzer-Division
April 13, 1941 - May 26, 1941
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Walter Neumann-Silkow
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Günther Angern
Commander of 11. Panzer Division
24 August 1941 - 20 October 1941
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Walter Scheller
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Rudolf Veiel
Commander of 2. Panzer-Division
February 17, 1942 - June 1, 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Arno von Lenski