Carl Friedrich von Pückler-Burghauss

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Carl Friedrich von Pückler-Burghauss
Born (1886-10-07)7 October 1886
Friedland, German Empire
Died 12 May 1945(1945-05-12) (aged 58)
near Čimelice, Czechoslovakia
Allegiance  German Empire
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Rank SS-Gruppenführer Collar Rank.svg SS-Gruppenführer
Commands held 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Carl Friedrich Count of Pückler-Burghauss, Baron of Groditz (born October 7, 1886 in Friedland, d. 13 May 1945 in Čimelice, Czechoslovakia) was a German politician and Waffen-SS officer in the rank of SS-Gruppenführer during World War II and member of the German parliament during the Weimar Republic.

Pückler-Burghauss began his military career as a second lieutenant in the infantry branch during the First World War and won the Iron Cross First and Second Classes. He left the army in 1919 as captain and served with Freikorps units until 1931 when he joined the Nazi Party and the SA and later SS.

Pückler-Burghauss was member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party and officer of the Waffen-SS. Through year 1943 he was a commander of 15th Waffen-SS division on Eastern front and later was a chief of Waffen-SS units in Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

After Nazi Germany capitulated on May 7, 1945 Pückler-Burghauss refused to surrender to the Soviet forces and, contravening the terms of Germany's capitulation, attempted to move the troops under his command into the American occupation zone, resulting in the Battle of Slivice. The American forces refused to accept his surrender; following the attack on his positions by the Soviet and American forces, he was compelled to sign a capitulation on the night of May 11/12. Shortly afterwards he committed suicide.

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Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Brigadeführer Peter Hansen
Commander of 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian)
1 May 1943 – 17 February 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Oberführer Nikolaus Heilmann