Hermann Kreß

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Hermann Kreß
Born 23 July 1895
Died 11 August 1943(1943-08-11) (aged 48)
Novorossiysk, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army (Wehrmacht)
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 4th Mountain Division
Battles/wars
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hermann Kreß was a German General der Gebirgstruppe during World War II who commanded the 4th Mountain Division. In 1938 he was appointed to command the 1st Mountain Division's 99th Regiment, which he led until 1943.[1] After heavy losses to the 1st Mountain Division he was given command of the 4th Mountain Division which he led as part of the XXXXIX Mountain Corps in the Battle of the Caucasus.[2] Kreß was killed by a Soviet sniper on 11 August 1943, near Novorossiysk, Soviet Union. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Meyer 2008, p. 103.
  2. ^ Meyer 2008, p. 92.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 224.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Meyer, Hermann Frank (2008). Blutiges Edelweiß: die 1. Gebirgs-Division im Zweiten Weltkrieg [Bloody Edelweiss: the 1st Mountain Division in the Second World War] (in German). Berlin, Germany: Ch. Links. ISBN 9783861534471. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl Eglseer
Commander of 4. Gebirgs-Division
23 October 1942 – 12 August 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Julius Braun