Alexander Edler von Daniels
|Alexander Edler von Daniels|
|Born||17 March 1891
|Died||6 January 1960
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1910-1945|
|Commands held||376. Infanterie-Division|
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Daniels commanded the 376th Infantry Division at Stalingrad, which was part of XI Corps of the German Sixth Army. Despite the hardships facing his and many other soldiers, Daniels learned to make ways of entertainment in the ruins of the city. He played a game of target shooting with some of his officers for Oktoberfest, and played card games of Doppelkopf. In late December 1942, after Operation Uranus encircled the Sixth Army, Daniels was promoted to Lieutenant-General (Generalleutnant) and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Daniels was marched into captivity by the Red Army on January 28, 1943, where he was interrogated by Captain Nikolay Dyatlenko.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (24 October 1939)
- 1st Class (11 June 1940)
- Eastern Front Medal
- German Cross in Gold (15 December 1941)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 18 December 1942 as Generalmajor and commander of 376. Infanterie-Division
Regarding personal names: Graf is a title, translated as Count, not a first or middle name. The female form is Gräfin. Regarding personal names: Edler is a rank of nobility, not a first or middle name. The female form is Edle.
- Beevor, Antony (1999). Stalingrad, London: Penguin, p. 378
- 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.
- 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.
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