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|Born||9 April 1886
|Died||27 November 1971
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1904–45|
|Rank||General der Kavallerie|
|Commands held||8. Infanterie-Division
World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Rudolf Koch-Erpach (9 April 1886 – 28 November 1971) was an officer in the German Army (Heer) during World War II.
Koch-Erpach was born in Munich, and eventually rose to the rank of General der Kavallerie (General of Cavalry). In 1939, he commanded the German 8th Infantry Division during the invasion of Poland. On 23 September 1939, Koch-Erpach was taken prisoner of war by Polish forces during the Battle of Krasnobród. On 24 June 1940, after the Battle of France and while still commanding the German 8th Infantry Division, Koch-Erpach was awarded a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. From 1 November 1940 to 1 March 1941, Koch-Erpach commanded the German LX Corps. After a short break, he briefly commanded the XXXV Corps from 1 April 1941 to 1 May 1941.
Koch-Erpach commanded Military District VIII from 1 May 1942 to 26 January 1945. The headquarters for this military district was Breslau and the district included Silesia, Sudetenland, parts of Moravia, and parts of southwestern Poland. Military District VIII ceased operations in February 1945. From 26 January 1945 to 10 April 1945, Koch-Erpach commanded the LVI Panzer Corps. Later in 1945, Koch-Erpach was acting commander of the German 1st Army for two days before the war ended, from 6 May to 8 May. He died in Bad Boll.
- 1934–1935 Commanding Officer, 3rd Cavalry Brigade
- 1935–1940 General Officer Commanding, 8th Division
- 1940–1941 General Officer Commanding, LX Corps
- 1941 General Officer Commanding, XXXV Corps
- 1941–1942 Chief of Liaison Staff, Breslau
- 1942–1945 General Officer Commanding, Military District VIII
- 1945 General Officer Commanding, LVI Panzer Corps
- 1945 Acting General Officer Commanding, 1st Army
Awards and decorations
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 24 June 1940 as Generalleutnant and commander of 8 Infanterie-Division
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 217.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) . 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.
|Commander of 8. Infanterie-Division
15 October 1935 – 25 October 1940
General der Infanterie Gustav Höhne
General der Infanterie Johannes Block
|Commander of LVI Panzer Corps
26 January 1945 – 10 April 1945
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling
General der Infanterie Hermann Foertsch
|Commander of 1. Armee
6 May 1945 – 8 May 1945