Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz

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Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz
Born 26 January 1891
Königsberg, Province of East Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire now Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russian Federation
Died 17 December 1978(1978-12-17) (aged 87)
Rheinbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 32. Infanterie-Division
7. Infanterie-Division
XXVII. Armeekorps
384. Infanterie-Division
404. Infanterie-Division
232. Infanterie-Division

World War I

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz [a] (26 January 1891 (Konigsberg) – 17 December 1978 (Rheinbach)) was a German general who commanded several divisions during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which he earned in 1940. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. As head of the Wehrmacht Heer's 384th Infantry Division, he was flown out of the Stalingrad pocket in December 1942, shortly before the division's destruction. 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. Generalleutnant Gablenz was captured in 1945, but was released from Allied captivity in 1947.

Awards and decorations[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.

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  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 158.


  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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
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