Albrecht Schubert

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Albrecht Schubert
Born (1886-06-23)23 June 1886
Died 26 November 1966(1966-11-26) (aged 80)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1904–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held 44. Infanterie-Division
XXIII. Armeekorps

World War I

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Albrecht Schubert (23 June 1886 – 26 November 1966) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Life and career[edit]

Born 23 June 1886 in Glatz (modern Kłodzko, Poland, then in German Silesia), in a family of long Silesian ancestry.[1] In 1904 he joined the Prussian Army and initially served with the Magdeburg-based 2nd 'Prinz Louis von Preussen' Infantry Regiment.[1] By the time of the outbreak of World War I he rose to the rank of lieutenant.[1]

Promoted to the rank of captain in 1914, during the war he served with the 1st Grenadier Regiment, 21st Reserve Brigade, 4th Landwehr Division, 11th Infantry Division and as a staff officer in the 202nd Infantry Division.[1] After the war he remained within the Reichswehr and served in Stettin in the 2nd Division, and then in the 8th 'Prussian' Infantry Regiment.[1] Promoted to major in 1926, to lieutenant colonel in 1931 and to full colonel in 1933.[1] Three years later he became the commanding officer of the 12th Infantry Regiment.[1] Following Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Schubert's career was fast-tracked. In April 1936 he was promoted to the rank of major general and already in March 1938 he became a lieutenant general.[1] The following month he became the commanding officer of the 44th Infantry Division, with which he took part in the initial stages of World War II.[1]

During the joint Nazi and Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 his unit took part in the fights as part of the 14th Army.[1] After the end of hostilities in October 1939 he was temporarily withdrawn to the personal reserve of the OKH, but was soon reinstated to active service as a provisional commanding officer of the XXIII Army Corps, with which he took part in the battle of France of 1940.[1]

Shortly before the start of Operation Barbarossa, Schubert was promoted to the rank of General of the Infantry and his corps was relocated to East Prussia.[1] Already in September 1941 he was awarded with the Ritterkreuz.[1] In May 1942 he temporarily commanded the entire 9th Army, but was again withdrawn from active service in the summer of that year.[1] It was not until the following year that he was given the command over the Hannover-based XI Army Corps.[1] Until the end of World War II he served on various staff positions in Vienna, away from the front.[1] Schubert survived the war and died 26 November 1966 in Bielefeld, Germany.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Pietrucha, p. 1
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 316.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. 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. 
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Dariusz Pietrucha (2012). "Gen. leut. Albrecht Schubert (1886-1966)". (in Polish). Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Zabytków Fortyfikacji "Pro Fortalicium". Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 44. Infanterie-Division
1 April 1938 – 1 October 1939
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich Siebert
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Erich Raschick
Commander of XXIII. Armeekorps
26 October 1939 – 25 July 1942
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Carl Hilpert