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|Born||23 March 1892
|Died||1 January 1963
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1911–45|
|Rank||General der Panzertruppe|
|Commands held||3. Schützen-Brigade
90th Light Infantry Division
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Colonel (Oberst) Kleemann of the 3rd Motorized Infantry Brigade (3.Schützen-Brigade) was awarded a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 13 October 1941. He was awarded the Oak Leaves on 16 September 1943.
Brigadier-General (Generalmajor) Kleemann commanded the 90th Light Africa Division (90.Leichte Afrika-Division) in North Africa from 10 April 1942 to 13 July 1942 and from 10 August 1942 to 1 November 1942.
During the Dodecanese Campaign, Major-General (Generalleutnant) Kleemann commanded the 7,500-strong Assault Division "Rhodes" (Sturm-Division Rhodos) for the German assault on the Italian garrison of Rhodes.
From 27 November 1944 to 8 May 1945, Lieutenant-General (General der Panzertruppen) Kleeman commanded Tank Corps "Feldherrnhalle" on the Eastern Front. Kleeman's tank corps fought in Hungary and was ruinously involved with the Battle of Budapest.
- 1938 to 1940 Commanding Officer, 3rd Motorized Infantry (Schützen) Regiment
- 1940 to 1942 Commanding Officer, 3rd Motorized Infantry Brigade
- 1942 to 1943 General Officer Commanding, 90th Light Africa Division, North Africa
- 1943 to 1944 General Officer Commanding, Assault Division "Rhodes"
- 1944 to 1945 General Officer Commanding, Tank Corps "Feldherrnhalle"
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class (26 October 1914)
- 1st Class (8 July 1918)
- Wound Badge (1914)
- in Black
- Knight's Cross Second Class of the Order of the Zähringer Lion with Swords
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (19 September 1939)
- 1st Class (25 October 1939)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Ärmelband “Afrika”
- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht (28 October 1944)
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 258.
- 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.
- Schaulen, Fritjof (2004). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe II Ihlefeld - Primozic [Oak Leaves Bearers 1940 – 1945 Contemporary History in Color II Ihlefeld - Primozic] (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 978-3-932381-21-8.
- 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.
- Ulrich Kleemann @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ulrich Kleemann @ Axis Biographical Research at the Wayback Machine (archived January 17, 2011)
Generalmajor Richard Veith
|Commander of 90. Light Africa Division
29 April 1942 – 14 June 1942
Oberst Werner Marcks
Generalmajor Günther Pape
|Commander of Panzerkorps Feldherrnhalle
27 November 1944 – 8 May 1945