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Hans Jordan

Hans Jordan
Hans Jordan
Born (1892-12-27)27 December 1892
Scheuern, Baden
Died 20 April 1975(1975-04-20) (aged 82)
Service/branch Heer
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Hans Jordan (27 December 1892, Scheuern, Baden – 20 April 1975) was a German general during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Jordan was given command of the 9th Army on 20 May 1944. The Soviet offensive Operation Bagration began on 22 June 1944. In the northern sector the Soviet offensive the 1st Belorussian Front under the command of Colonel General Konstantin Rokossovsky breached the Jordan's 9th Army defensive positions south and north of Babruysk. Jordan was unable to halt the Soviet offensive and Babruysk was encircled on 27 June 1944. Adolf Hitler made Jordan responsible for this defeat and released him of his command on 26 June, placing him on the Führerreserve.


References in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 25 May 1940 Bei den Kämpfen im Gebiet von Maubeuge zeichneten sich der Kommandeur eines Infanterie-Regiments Oberst Jordan und der Oberleutnant in einem Pionier-Bataillon Langenstraß durch besondere Tapferkeit aus.[4] In the fighting in the area of Maubeuge, the commander of an infantry regiment, Colonel Jordan and the lieutenant in a pioneer battalion, Langenstraß, distinguished themselves by showing exceptional bravery.
11 February 1944 Im mittleren Frontabschnitt hat sich die unter dem Befehl des Generals der Infanterie Jordan kämpfende niedersächsische 131. Infanteriedivision unter Generalleutnant Hitter besonders ausgezeichnet.[5] The under the command of General of Infantry Jordan fighting Lower Saxon 131st Infantry Division under Lieutenant General Hitter has particularly distinguished itself in the middle sector of the front.

General of Infantry Hans Jordan

1938 - 1939 Senior Instructor War School Wiener Neustadt
1939 - 1941 Commanding Officer 49th Regiment
1941 - 1942 General Officer Commanding 7th Division
1942 - 1944 General Officer Commanding VI Corps
1944 Acting General Officer Commanding 9th Army, Eastern Front
1945 General Officer Commanding Army Tirol


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 332.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 212.
  3. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 424.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 1, p. 167.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 32.

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Preceded by
Generalleutnant Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz
Commander of 7. Infanterie-Division
December 13, 1941 – November 1, 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Fritz-Georg von Rappard
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Bruno Bieler
Commander of VI. Armeekorps
November 1, 1942 – May 20, 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Georg Pfeiffer
Preceded by
General Josef Harpe
Commander of 9. Armee
May 20, 1944 – June 26, 1944
Succeeded by
General Nikolaus von Vormann
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