Alexander von Hartmann
|Alexander von Hartmann|
|Born||11 December 1890|
|Died||26 January 1943
|Allegiance|| German Empire
|Rank||General der Infanterie (Posthumously)|
|Commands held||71st Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Stalingrad †|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Alexander von Hartmann (11 December 1890 – 26 January 1943) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 71st Infantry Division. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany. Hartmann was killed on 26 January 1943 during the Battle of Stalingrad and was posthumously promoted to General of the Infantry.
Before his death Hartmann stated, "I intend to go to my infantry in the front line...I will seek death among their ranks. Captivity for a general is dishonourable." He was killed instantly when he was shot in the head while standing upright on the railway embankment firing "shot after shot from his rifle."
Awards and decorations
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 8 October 1942 as Generalleutnant and commander of 71. Infanterie-Division 
- 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.
General der Infanterie Friedrich Herrlein
|Commander of 71. Infanterie-Division
28 March 1941 - 26 January 1943
Generalmajor Fritz Roske