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22 May 1892|
Gut Gursen in Pomerania
|Died||15 February 1970
Schönau am Königssee
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1913-1945|
|Rank||General der Infanterie|
|Commands held||36. Infanterie-Division
36. Panzer Grenadier Division
|Awards||Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves|
Hans Gollnick (22 May 1892 – 15 February 1970) was a German general during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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.
Gollnick entered military service on 22 March 1912, and served in World War I as a Leutnant. At the beginning of World War II, Gollnick was commander of Infanterie-Regiment 76 in the Skirmish of Krojanty. During the war, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in 1942, and promoted to General on 1 October 1943. In January 1945 he escaped to Denmark, and was a British POW from January 1946 for a month until 5 February.
Gollnick died in Schönau am Königssee.
- Iron Cross (1914), 1st and 2nd class
- Wound Badge (1918) in Black
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award, 4th to 1st class
- Iron Cross 1939 clasp, 1st and 2nd class
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Eastern Front Medal
- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 26 February 1945
- Berger 1999, p. 392.
- Berger, Florian (1999). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges [With Oak Leaves and Swords. The Highest Decorated Soldiers of the Second World War] (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-0-6.
- 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.
- Prerdovich (1978). Generalität des deutschen Heeres.
- Schaulen, Fritjof (2003). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe I Abraham – Huppertz [Oak Leaves Bearers 1940 – 1945 Contemporary History in Color I Abraham – Huppertz] (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 978-3-932381-20-1.
Generalleutnant Otto-Ernst Ottenbacher
|Commander of 36. Infanterie-Division
15 October 1941 – 1 August 1943
Generalleutnant Rudolf Stegmann
General der Infanterie Gerhard Matzky
|Commander of XXVIII. Armeekorps
20 May 1944 – 25 April 1945