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Hellmuth Pfeifer

Hans-Hellmuth Pfeifer
Born 18 February 1894
Died 22 April 1945(1945-04-22) (aged 51)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1912–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 65th Infantry Division

World War I
World War II

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

Hans-Hellmuth Pfeifer (18 February 1894 – 22 April 1945) was a German general who commanded the 65. Infantrie Division during World War II. Its field of operation was Italy at the time of his command (from 1 Dec 1943 till its surrender on 22 Apr 1945). There it was involved in defensive action in the Moro River Campaign, countering the Anzio landings, defending the Arno Line west of Florence, and finally the defense of Bologna which was captured 21 April 1945. Pfeifer 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

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
2 June 1944 In diesem Frontabschnitt haben sich die 65. Infanteriedivison unter Generalleutnant Pfeiffer, die durch Teile der 4. Fallschirmjägerdivision verstärkte 3. Panzergrenadierdivision unter Generalmajor Hecker und eine aus Einheiten des Heeres und der Fallschirmtruppe zusammengestellte Kampfgruppe unter Generalleutnant Greiner, hervorragend unterstützt durch Artillerie und durch Flakartillerie der Luftwaffe, besonders ausgezeichnet. [4] In this section of the front have the 65th Infantry Division under Lieutenant General Pfeiffer (sic), augmented by parts of the 4th Airborne Division which reinforced the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division under Major General Hecker and units from the Army and the parachute troops assembled combat group under Lieutenant General Greiner, well supported by artillery and anti-aircraft artillery of the Luftwaffe, particularly distinguished themselves.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 150.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 275.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 74.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 116.

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Preceded by
Generalleutnant Gustav Heistermann von Ziehlberg
Commander of 65. Infanterie-Division
1 December 1943 - 22 April 1945
Succeeded by
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