Gustav-Adolf Blancbois

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Gustav-Adolf Blancbios
Born (1917-09-23)23 September 1917
Died 15 January 1993(1993-01-15) (aged 75)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Rank Major
Commands held Kampfgruppe 1001 Nights

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gustav-Adolf Eugen Johannes Erich Blancbois (23 September 1917 – 15 January 1993) was a major in the Wehrmacht in World War II. He also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes), awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

During Operation Bagration in 1944, Blancbois led a kampfgruppe from the 12th Panzer Division that rescued 15-20,000[citation needed] soldiers of the German Ninth Army who had been encircled near Bobruisk. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for this action, which was the only successful German relief operation during Bagration.

In March 1945, Blancbois was placed in command of the Kampfgruppe 1001 Nights, a mobile reserve force for Ninth Army. The kampfgruppe took part in the defenses of the Oder River line, in particular at the Battle of Seelow Heights. After taking heavy losses, it was dissolved near Müncheberg. Blancbois, along with a few of his men, fled west and surrendered to the Western Allies. He died in Germany on 15 January 1993.




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Thomas & Wegmann 1992, p. 91.
  2. ^ a b Thomas & Wegmann 1992, p. 90.
  3. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 44.
  4. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 224.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 134.


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