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Franz Sensfuß

Franz Sensfuß
Born 21 June 1861
Trunz, East Prussia
Died 11 March 1976(1976-03-11) (aged 84)
Heppenheim, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1919)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 21. Infanterie-Division
212. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Franz Heinrich Otto Sensfuß (21 June 1891 – 11 March 1976) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht 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.


  • Awards and decorations 1
    • Wehrmachtbericht reference 1.1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
    • Citations 3.1
    • Bibliography 3.2
  • External links 4

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
7 July 1944 Nordwestlich des Narocz-Sees, wo zahlreiche Angriffe der Sowjets scheiterten, hat sich die bayrische 212. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalmajor Sensfuß besonders bewährt.[6] Northwest of Lake Narach, where numerous Soviet attacks failed, the Bavarian 212th Infantry Division under the command of Major General Sensfuß has particularly proven itself.


  1. ^ Sensfuß's nomination for the Oak Leaves was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) from the troop on 14 March 1945. Major Joachim Domaschk requested by teleprinter message the advisory opinion from the Commander-in-Chief of AOK 1 and Heeresgruppe B. The 212. Volksgrenadier-Division at the time was being encircled by US forces in the vicinity of Baumholder and went into captivity. Major Domaschk had sent a radio message to the nominating commander of the LXXX. Armeekorps: "Nomination deferred according to AHA 44 Ziff. 572." Domaschk noted on the nomination: "Deferred, because missing in action!" A presentation was never made. Sensfuß is not listed in the book for the "nominations for the higher grades of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross" nor in the nomination book for Knight's Cross (starting with Nr. 5100). The sequential number "881" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR), the presentation date by Fellgiebel.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 316.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 702.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2003, p. 399.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2003, p. 104.
  5. ^ Scherzer 2007, pp. 174–175.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 153.


  • 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 Miltaer-Verlag.  
  • 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.  
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Gerhard Matzky
Commander of 21. Infanterie-Division
1 March 1944 –28 March 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hermann Foertsch
Preceded by
Generalmajor Karl Koske
Commander of 212. Infanterie-Division
1 May 1944 – 15 September 1944
Succeeded by
212. Volksgrenadier-Division
Preceded by
212. Infanterie-Division
Commander of 212. Volksgrenadier-Division
October 1944 – 1 April 1945
Succeeded by
Genralmajor Max Ulich
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