Georg Hachtel

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Georg Hachtel
Born 29 June 1894
Died 20 July 1943(1943-07-20) (aged 49)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1923)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1913–23
Rank Generalmajor (Posthumously)
Commands held Jäger-Regiment 56

World War I

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Georg Hachtel (29 June 1894 – 20 July 1943) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Georg Hachtel died on 20 July 1943 in a military hospital in Konstanz, Germany. He was posthumously promoted to Generalmajor.


On completion of his cadet training on March 22, 1913, Georg Hachtel joined the 4th Württemberg Fusilier regiment. He served in this regiment for the duration of the First World War until his capture by the British Army in August 1918.

Following his release from captivity he joined the German Army and was integrated in the 5th Division. He then progressed through a series of appointments in that division, rising through the ranks. By the Polish Campaign, Hachtel, then a major, commanded an infantry battalion on the Upper Rhine. At the beginning of the Western campaign he was promoted commander of the 14th regiment. On 1 June 1940, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, acting as divisional adjudant to the General Command of V. Army Corps.

On August 28, 1941, he took over as commander of Infantry Regiment 258 of the 112th Infantry Division, serving on the Eastern Front. On May 5, 1942, he was awarded the German Cross in Gold. In the fall of 1942 his division was considerably weakened following heavy fighting. On October 16, 1942, he was placed on the officers' reserve list. On February 1, 1943, Hachtel assumed command of Jäger Regiment 56 of the 5th Jäger-Division. While on leave, he died on July 20, 1943 at the military hospital at Konstanz, in southern Germany [1] following a heart attack.[2]

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  1. ^ Altenburger, Andreas. "Georg Hachtel". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Lais, Markus. "Divisionskommandeure". Weg und Schicksal der 5. Infanterie- und Jäger-Division (in German). Kameradenkreis 5. Infanterie- und Jäger-Division. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 173.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. 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. 
  • 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. 

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