Hermann Flörke

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Hermann Flörke
Born (1893-10-23)23 October 1893
Hanover
Died 19 August 1979(1979-08-19) (aged 85)
Gießen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–1920
1934–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 31. Infanterie-Division
14. Infanterie-Division
LXVI. Armeekorps
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

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

Hermann Flörke (23 October 1893 – 19 August 1979) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 14th Infantry Division. 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. Hermann Flörke was captured by American forces on 21 April 1945 and was held until June 1947.

Awards and decorations[edit]

10 March 1967, the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
19 November 1943 An der erfolgreichen Abwehr des feindlichen Ansturms westlich und nordwestlich Smolensk haben das II. Bataillon des Grenadierregiments (mot.) 119 unter Führung von Major Nagengast, die sächsische 14. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalmajor Flörke und die ostpreußische 206. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalleutnant Hitter hervorragenden Anteil.[3] In the successful defense of the enemy onslaught west and northwest of Smolensk, the 2nd Battalion of the 119th Grenadier Regiment (mot.) under the leadership of Major Nagengast, the Saxon 14th Infantry Division under the command of Major General Flörke, and the East Prussian 206th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Hitter had a prominent contribution.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 153.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 74.
  3. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 609.
Bibliography
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Kurt Pflieger
Commander of 31. Infanterie-Division
1 April 1943 – 15 May 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich Hoßbach
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf Holste
Commander of 14. Infanterie-Division
15 May 1943 – 15 December 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Erich Schneider
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Walther Lucht
Commander of LXVI. Armeekorps
March 1945 – April 1945
Succeeded by
None