Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Gustav Albrecht
5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Born(1907-02-28)28 February 1907
SpouseMargareta Fouché d'Otrante
IssuePrince Richard
Princess Madeleine
Prince Robin
Princess Tatiana
Princess Pia
FatherRichard, 4th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
MotherPrincess Madeleine zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg

Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, 28 February 1907 – 1944 (declared legally dead 29 November 1969) was Prince and head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein. He was the son of Richard, 4th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Personal life[edit]

Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst as born on 28 February 1907 at Berleburg, Germany.[1] He married Margareta Fouché d'Otrante (28 March 1909 – 25 August 2005), daughter of Charles Fouché, 6th Duc d'Otrante, on 26 January 1934 at Björnlunda, Södermanland Län, Sweden.[1]

In June 1944, he was serving as an officer in the German army during the campaign against the Soviet Union. After disappearing during a mission near the Belarusian city of Orsha, Gustav Albrecht was declared missing in action.[1] His family did not seek to have him declared dead until after the birth of his grandson and heir eventual Prince Gustav on 12 January 1969; 29 November 1969 is listed as the official date of death for Gustav Albrecht.

He is alternately known as Gustav Albrecht Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Military service honors[edit]

Prince Gustav Albrecht served in the German Army in the rank of field officer/field-grade officer (Ic-Stabsoffizier)[2][3] with the title of Rittmeister der Reserve in the 23rd Panzer-Division.[citation needed] Nearly two months after his disappearance during Operation Bagration in June 1944, he was awarded the German Cross in Silver (Kriegsorden des Deutschen Kreuzes in Silber)[citation needed] on 18 August 1944. Additionally, he was awarded the War Merit Cross 1st. class with swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern), also known as the KVK 1, which was instituted on 18 October 1939 by Hitler; the date of this honor is not known.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b c d Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (editor). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family, Burke's Peerage, London, 1973, pp. 269-270,302. ISBN 0-220-66222-3
  2. ^ Intelligence Officer at Department Ic (Abteilung Ic): "In the German military structure, the department was responsible for a range of tasks encompassing intelligence and signals analysis, counter-espionage, interrogation of prisoners-of-war, post control, outward enemy propaganda as well as inward propaganda and political cultivation within the German army." in: A Friend and a Foe? Interpreters in WWII in Finland and Norway Embodying Frontiers, by Pekka Kujamäki, p.4
  3. ^ The Combat History of the 23rd Panzer Division in World War II, by Ernst Rebentisch, p.506.


Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Born: 1907 Died: 1969
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reason for succession failure:
German Revolution of 1918-19
Succeeded by