Hermann Niehoff

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Hermann Niehoff
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Born (1897-04-03)3 April 1897
Died 5 November 1980(1980-11-05) (aged 83)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army (Wehrmacht)
Rank General der Infanterie
Battles/wars Siege of Breslau
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hermann Niehoff (3 April 1897 – 5 November 1980) was a German general during World War II. Since 2 March 1945, he was the garrison commander of Fortress Breslau (Festung Breslau) during the Battle of Breslau, which he surrendered to the Soviet 6th Army on 6 May 1945.

Awards[edit]

Niehoff was nominated for Swords in 1945 as commander of Breslau. No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) only assumes that the Swords were awarded. According to Niehoff's testimony he was nominated by Gauleiter Karl Hanke.[4]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thomas 1998, p. 119.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 331.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 569.
  4. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 161.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Berger, Florian (1999). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges [With Oak Leaves and Swords. The Highest Decorated Soldiers of the Second World War] (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-0-6. 
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Richard Stempel
Commander of 371. Infanterie-Division
1 April 1943 – 10 June 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hans-Joachim Baurmeister
Preceded by
Generalmajor Hans-Joachim Baurmeister
Commander of 371. Infanterie-Division
10 July 1944 – 2 March 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Rolf Scherenberg