Siegfried Rasp

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Siegfried Rasp
Born 10 January 1898
Munich
Died 2 February 1968(1968-02-02) (aged 70)
Garmisch Partenkirchen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1915-1945
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held 335.Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Siegfried Rasp (10 January 1898 – 2 February 1968) was a German general of infantry, serving during World War II.

Career[edit]

Born in Munich, Rasp became an officer aspirant on September 6, 1915 and earned his commission as a Leutnant on June 24, 1916 in the 1st Bavarian Infantry Regiment.

He was promoted to Oberst in July 1941, Generalmajor in November 1943, Generalleutnant in April 1944, and General der Infanterie in December 1944.

Rasp held several staff positions before commanding the following formations:

3. Gebirgsjäger-Division on August 26, 1943
335. Infanterie-Division on September 10, 1943
78. Sturm-Division on July 12, 1944
19. Armee on December 15, 1944
Korps Ems on April 2, 1945

An unusual aspect of Rasp's career is that he advanced directly from command of a division to command of a field army without first commanding an army corps. Captured at the end of the war, Rasp spent almost three years in a British POW camp in Münster. Rasp died in 1968 in Garmisch.

Awards and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 613.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 350.
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. 
  • 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. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Egbert Picker
Commander of 3. Gebirgs-Division
26 August 1943 – 10 September 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Egbert Picker
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Heribert von Larisch
Commander of 78. Sturm-Division
15 February 1944 – 12 July 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hans Traut
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Friedrich Wiese
Commander of 19. Armee
December 1944 – February 1945
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Hermann Foertsch