Werner von Gilsa

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Werner von Gilsa
Werner von Gilsa.jpg
Werner von Gilsa, June 1940
Born (1889-03-04)4 March 1889
Died 8 May 1945(1945-05-08) (aged 56)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held LXXXIX Army Corps,
Military commander of Dresden
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Werner von Gilsa (4 March 1889 in Berlin – 8 May 1945 in Leitmeritz) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II, whose last assignment was as military commandant of Dresden.

From 1 April 1941 to 4 April 1943, Gilsa was commander of the 216th Infantry Division. In the winter of 1941/42 the division was sent to the Eastern Front. Gilsa was promoted to General of Infantry on 1 July 1943. From 11 June 1943 to 23 November 1944 he was Commanding General of the LXXXIX Army Corps, which took part in the Battle of the Scheldt, from 2 October to 8 November 1944. Gilsa was Military Commander of Dresden from 15 March to May 1945. At the end of the war, Gilsa committed suicide.

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  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 198.


Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Kurt Himer
Commander of 216. Infanterie-Division
1 April 1941 – 4 April 1943
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Friedrich-August Schack
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Neumann
Commander of LXXXIX. Armeekorps
11 June 1944 – 23 November 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Gustav Höhne