Maximilian von Edelsheim

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Maximilian von Edelsheim
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Born (1897-07-06)6 July 1897
Died 26 April 1994(1994-04-26) (aged 96)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army (Wehrmacht)
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held XLVIII Panzer Corps
Battles/wars

World War I


World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Maximilian von Edelsheim (6 July 1897 – 26 April 1994) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

He negotiated the surrender of German forces to the Americans at the bridge at Tangermünde on the Elbe River on or about May 2, 1945. The German 12th Army, under General Walther Wenck had previously done a 180 degree turn away from the Western Allies, resulting from an order to relieve Berlin from the Soviet attack. Disobeying the order, Wencke fought due East, into the Spree Forest region, toward the town of Halbe and linked up with the remnants of the German 9th Army. They then reversed and went west, back to the Elbe. There, Eselsheim crossed the Elbe on a schwimmwagen and negotiated the surrender of all German forces on the East side of the Elbe to the Americans.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 142.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 287.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 45.

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. 
  • 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. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Arno von Lenski
Commander of 24. Panzerdivision
March 1943 – August 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Gustav-Adolf von Nostitz-Wallwitz
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppe Fritz-Hubert Gräser
Commander of XLVIII. Panzerkorps
20 September 1944 – 31 March 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Wolf Hagemann