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Erich Buschenhagen

Erich Buschenhagen
Born 8 December 1895
Died 13 September 1994(1994-09-13) (aged 98)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914-45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held 15. Infanterie Division
LII. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Erich Buschenhagen (8 December 1895 – 13 September 1994) was a German general who commanded the LII Corps during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Erich Buschenhagen was captured by Soviet troops in August 1944 after the Jassy–Kishinev Offensive (August 1944) and was held until October 1955.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
12 May 1944 Bei der gestern gemeldeten Zerschlagung des feindlichen Brückenkopfes am unteren Dnjestr haben die unter Führung des General der Infanterie Buschenhagen stehenden Truppen sieben feindlichen Schützendivisionen sowie Teile einer Artillerie- und Flakdivision zerschlagen.[5] In yesterday reported destruction of the enemy bridgehead at the lower Dniester, troops under the leadership of General of the Infantry Buschenhagen have smashed seven enemy infantry divisions and parts of artillery and anti aircraft divisions.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 95.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 70.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 128.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 72.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 101.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Bronislaw Pawel
Commander of 15. Infanterie-Division
18 June 1942 – 20 November 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Rudolf Sperl
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Hans-Karl von Scheele
Commander of LII. Armeekorps
20 November 1943 – 1 February 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Rudolf von Bünau
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Rudolf von Bünau
Commander of LII. Armeekorps
1 April 1944 – August 1944
Succeeded by
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