Hans von Tettau

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Hans von Tettau
Born (1888-11-30)30 November 1888
Died 30 January 1956(1956-01-30) (aged 67)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1909–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment 101
24. Infanterie-Division
Korpsgruppe von Tettau

First World War
Second World War

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Textile salesman, author

Hans Bernhard Carl Otto von Tettau (30 November 1888 – 30 January 1956) was a decorated General of the Infantry in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War who held commands at the divisional and corps level. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. This decoration, especially the higher grade with Oak Leaves, was awarded to recognise battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Hans von Tettau was captured at the end of the war and was held as a prisoner until 1947. After his release, he became a textile salesman and wrote a book with General Kurt Versock called The History of the 24th Infantry Division.

Although much decorated, Tettau's reputation is debatable. Some German historians argue that he had little real military experience up to his countermeasures at the Battle of Arnhem in 1944, the Allied Operation Market Garden. Fellow generals spoke of Tettau -whose regular work in the army was more that of an inspector than of a commanding officer - in a negative way when he organised his defences in the Netherlands under the name of Westgruppe',' which was no formal army division at all. This was seen as a political move by Tettau to gain credit in Berlin.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ Verhoef, 2012
  2. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 372.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 341.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 84.
  • 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. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • 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 (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
  • Verhoef, CEHJ (2012)De slag om de Ginkelse heide bij Ede / druk Heruitgave 17 en 18 September 1944. ISBN 9789461531667

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Justin von Obernitz
Commander of 24. Infanterie-Division
14 June 1940 – 23 February 1943
Succeeded by
General der Gebirgstruppen Kurt Versock