Erpo Freiherr von Bodenhausen

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Erpo Kraft Bodo Ernst Gustav Wilke Freiherr von Bodenhausen
Born 12 April 1897
Schloß Arnstein
Died 9 May 1945(1945-05-09) (aged 48)
Grobin, Generalbezirk Lettland, Reichskommissariat Ostland now Grobiņa, Grobiņa Municipality, Latvia
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 12. Panzer Division
L. Armeekorps
Battles/wars

World War I


World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Erpo Kraft Bodo Ernst Gustav Wilke Freiherr von Bodenhausen (12 April 1897 – 9 May 1945) was a German general who commanded the 12th Panzer Division during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, awarded by Nazi Germany to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Bodenhausen committed suicide on 9 May 1945 in the Courland Pocket.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Wegmann 2004, p. 135.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 47.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 228.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Wegmann, Günter (2004). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil VIIIa: Panzertruppe Band 1: A–E [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part VIIIa: Panzer Force Volume 1: A–E] (in German). Bissendorf, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2322-1. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Walter Wessel
Commander of 12. Panzer-Division
1 March 1943 – 28 May 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Gerhard Müller
Preceded by
Generalmajor Gerhard Müller
Commander of 12. Panzer-Division
16 July 1944 – 12 April 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst Horst von Usedom
Preceded by
General der Gebirgstruppe Friedrich-Jobst Volckamer von Kirchensittenbach
Commander of L. Armeekorps
12 April 1945 – 9 May 1945
Succeeded by
None