Harry Hoppe

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Harry Hoppe
Nickname(s) Stan Laurel
Born 11 February 1894
Died 23 August 1969(1969-08-23) (aged 75)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914 - 1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 126. Infanterie-Division
278. Infanterie-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Harry Hoppe (11 February 1894 – 23 August 1969) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was also a recipient 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. Harry Hoppe was captured by British troops in May 1945 and was released in 1948.

Born as Arthur Hoppe, he formally changed his first name to “Harry”.

Enlisting as a private in the Braunschweigisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr.92 in August 1914. Wounded twice during the First World War. Joining the Detachment “von Grothe” of Freikorps “von Hülsen.” (Formed near Berlin in December 1918, this volunteer unit was commanded by Generalleutnant Walter von Hülsen).[citation needed] After taking part in putting down the Spartacist uprising in Berlin in January 1919 and quelling further disturbances there in March, von Hülsen’s unit was later incorporated into the Reichswehr as Reichswehr Brigade 3

Awards and decorations[edit]

Harry Hoppe was nicknamed “Stan Laurel” by his comrades because of his facial resemblance to the English-born actor/comedian.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 301.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 194.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 78.
  • 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. 
  • 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 (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
General der Infanterie Paul Laux
Commander of 126. Infanterie-Division
10 October 1942 – 31 April 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich Hofmann
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich Hofmann
Commander of 126. Infanterie-Division
8 July 1943 – 7 November 1943
Succeeded by
Oberst Gotthard Fischer
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Hubert Gercke
Commander of 278. Infanterie-Division
1 December 1943 – 28 January 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Paul Bornscheuer
Preceded by
Generalmajor Paul Bornscheuer
Commander of 278. Infanterie-Division
5 March 1944 – 2 May 1945
Succeeded by