Willibald Freiherr von Langermann und Erlencamp

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Willibald Freiherr von Langermann und Erlencamp
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Willibald Freiherr von Langermann und Erlencamp in 1942
Born (1890-03-29)29 March 1890
Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg
Died 3 October 1942(1942-10-03) (aged 52)
Storoshewoje
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–1942
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 4th Panzer Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

General Willibald Karl Moritz Robert Rudolf Freiherr von Langermann und Erlencamp[a] (29 March 1890 – 3 October 1942) was a Panzer General in the German army during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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.

Career[edit]

He joined the 5th Dragoon Regiment of the Imperial German Army in 1910 and in World War I he reached the rank of Hauptmann. He was then retained in the Reichswehr where he served as a staff officer and was appointed commander of Cavalry Regiment 4 in 1935. He was promoted to Oberst in 1936 and in 1938 he was appointed as the inspector of horses and motor transport.

On 1 March 1940 he was promoted to Generalmajor and on 7 May 1940 he was commander of the 29th Infantry Division. For successfully crossing the Marne-Rhine Canal and advancing to the Swiss border he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 15 August 1940.

In September 1940 he was given command of the 4th Panzer Division which he led at opening stages of Operation Barbarossa. In January 1942 he was promoted to Generalleutnant and commanding general of the XXIV Panzer Corps and he led the German advance on Voronezh. On 17 February 1942 he was awarded the Oakleaves to the Knights Cross and on 1 June 1942 was promoted to General der Panzertruppe. During the summer 1942 offensive he led the corps to the Don River in Russia and he died on a visit to the front on 3 October 1942.

Awards[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Monday, 5 October 1942 Bei den Kämpfen an der Don-Front fand der Kommandierenden General eines Panzerkorps, General der Panzertruppe Freiherr von Langermann und Erlencamp, Träger des Eichenlaubs zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes, am 3. Oktober 1943 in vorderster Linie den Heldentod. Seite an Seite mit ihm fiel der Kommandeur einer ungarischen Division, Oberst Nagy, im Kampf um die Freiheit Europas.[4] In the fighting on the Don front the commanding general of an armored corps, General of Panzer Troops Freiherr von Langermann und Erlencamp, bearer of the Oak Leaf to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, met an heroic death on 3 October 1943 on the front line. Side by side with him fell the commander of a Hungarian division, Colonel Nagy, in the struggle for the freedom of Europe.

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 8.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 233.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 58.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, p. 309.
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 (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. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 2, 1 January 1942 to 31 December 1943] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Joachim Lemelsen
Commander of 29. Infanterie-Division
7 May 1940 – 1 July 1940
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Walter von Boltenstern
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hans Reichsfreiherr von Boineburg-Lengsfeld
Commander of 4. Panzer-Division
8 September 1940 – 27 December 1941
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Dietrich von Saucken
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Leo Freiherr Geyr von Schweppenburg
Commander of XXIV. Armeekorps
7 January 1942 – 21 June 1942
Succeeded by
redesignated XXIV. Panzerkorps
Preceded by
XXIV. Armeekorps
Commander of XXIV. Panzerkorps
21 June 1942 – 3 October 1942
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Otto von Knobelsdorff