Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz

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Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz
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Born 26 January 1891
Died 17 December 1978(1978-12-17) (aged 87)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 32. Infanterie-Division
7. Infanterie-Division
XXVII. Armeekorps
384. Infanterie-Division
404. Infanterie-Division
232. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz (26 January 1891 – 17 December 1978) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.

Commands[edit]

During the German retreat during the Battle of Moscow, he commanded the XXVII. Armeekorps and was relieved of duty after repeated refusals to enforce Hitler's standfast orders.[1]

As commander of the 384th Infantry Division, he was flown out of the Stalingrad pocket in December 1942, shortly before the division's surrender. A contemporary Soviet press report described him as having liked his peacetime comforts, such as requiring a nap on a soft bed after every dinner. Gablenz went on to hold command on the Italian front, commanding the defense of Monte Castello in 1944.

Awards and decorations[edit]

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References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "HyperWar: Moscow To Stalingrad: Decision In The East". www.ibiblio.org. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 158.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • The Advertiser, Adelaide, Jan 16, 1943, p. 1. "Nazi Leaders Outguessed"
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Franz Böhme
Commander of 32. Infanterie-Division
1 October 1939 – 1 December 1939
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Franz Böhme
Preceded by
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Commander of 7. Infanterie-Division
1 December 1939 – 13 December 1941
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hans Jordan
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Alfred Wäger
Commander of XXVII. Armeekorps
24 December 1941 – 3 January 1942
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Joachim Witthöft
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Kurt Hoffman
Commander of 384. Infanterie-Division
13 February 1942 – 16 January 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hans Dorr