Hans von Funck

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Hans von Funck
Born (1891-12-23)23 December 1891
Aachen, Rhine Province, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Died 14 February 1979(1979-02-14) (aged 87)
Viersen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 7th Panzer Division
XXXXVII Panzer Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Spanish Civil War
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hans von Funck (23 December 1891 – 14 February 1979) was a German Panzer general in the Wehrmacht during World War II, who commanded the 7th Panzer Division and the XXXXVII Panzer Corps.

Career[edit]

Hans von Funck joined the German army in August 1914 and during World War I he was awarded the Iron Cross Class, 1st and 2nd Class. Funck was retained in the Reichswehr after the war. On 1 July 1933 he was appointed as the Adjutant of the Chief of the army and the following year, Major on the General Staff. In 1936 he served in the Spanish Civil War as a leader of the German National Army in Spain. He was also the military attaché at headquarters of the National Government in Spain. At the beginning of 1939 he was appointed Military attache to the German Embassy in Lisbon. In 1940 he was appointed as the commander of the 3rd Panzer Brigade.

In 1941 he was promoted to Generalmajor and given command of the 7th Panzer Division as the successor to Erwin Rommel. Originally von Funck was to have commanded the Afrika Corps it, but Hitler loathed von Funck, as he had been a personal staff officer of Werner von Fritsch until von Fritsch was dismissed in 1938.[1] He held this command on the central and southern sections of the Eastern Front. On 15 July 1941 he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in recognition of his actions at Vilnius and Bialystok-Minsk-Wjasna. For his role in operations at the Don and Donets basins, on 14 March 1943 he was awarded the German Cross in Gold.

On 1 February 1944 he was promoted to General der Panzertruppe and appointed as the commanding general of the XXXXVII Panzer Corps, initially on the eastern and later the western fronts. During the Battle for Normandy von Funck (who was thoroughly disliked) accused von Schwerin of passive resistance, cowardice and incompetence over the Vire counterattack on 28 July. Less than four hours before the start of over Operation Luttich, von Kluge received an order from Hitler that Heinrich Eberbach rather than von Funck was to lead it, although von Kluge managed to persuade OKW postpone the transfer of command.[1]

On 4 September 1944 he was moved into the reserve of the OKH.

Following the war, Funck was held as prisoner by the Soviets from August 1945 until his release ten years later, in 1955.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beevor 2009, pp. 405.
  2. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 187.
  3. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 127.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 324.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Beevor, Antony (2009). D-Day: The Battle for Normandy. London: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-88703-3. 
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6.