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Hans Freiherr von Funck

Hans Freiherr von Funck
Born (1891-12-23)23 December 1891
Died 14 February 1979(1979-02-14) (aged 87)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 7th Panzer Division
XXXXVII. Panzerkorps
Battles/wars World War I
Spanish Civil War
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

General Hans Emil Richard Freiherr von Funck[a] (23 December 1891 – 14 February 1979) was a highly decorated Panzer General in the German army during World War II.


Early life and the Great War

After attendance at the high school in Köslin, from Easter 1911 until the summer of 1914 he studied law at Greifswald and Freiburg. On 2 August 1914 he joined the 1st Brandenburg Dragoon Regiment as an officer cadet and on 18 June 1915 he was commissioned as a Leutnant. During World War I he was awarded the Iron Cross Class I and II.

Interwar period

He was retained in the Reichswehr after the war and in 1923 was promoted to Oberleutnant. From 1926 he worked in the Reichswehr Ministry in the Army Training Division (T4). On 1 July 1933 he was appointed as the Adjutant of the Chief of the army and the following year, Major on the General Staff. In 1936 he served in the Spanish Civil War as a leader of the German National Army in Spain. He was also the military attaché at headquarters of the National Government in Spain. At the beginning of 1939 he was appointed Military attache to the German Embassy in Lisbon.

Second World War

In 1939 he was promoted to Oberst. In 1940 he was appointed as the commander of the 3rd Panzer Brigade.

In 1941 he was promoted to Generalmajor and given command of the 7th Panzer Division as the successor to Erwin Rommel. He held this command on the central and southern sections of the Eastern Front. On 15 July 1941 he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in recognition of his actions at Vilnius and Bialystok-Minsk-Wjasna. For his role in operations at the Don and Donets basins, on 14 March 1943 he was awarded the German Cross in Gold and on 1 February 1944 he was promoted to General der Panzertruppe and appointed as the commanding general of the XXXXVII Panzer Corps, initially on the eastern and later the western fronts. On 4 September 1944 he was moved into the reserve of the OKH. Following the war, Funck was held as prisoner by the Soviets from August 1945 until his release ten years later, in 1955.

Personal life

On 6 November 1915 Funck was married in Göttingen. His first marriage ended in divorce in 1939. In 1940 he married for a second time to Maria Freiin of Mirbach.



  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 187.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 324.
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