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Hermann Breith

Hermann Breith
Born (1892-05-07)7 May 1892
Died 3 September 1964(1964-09-03) (aged 72)
Pech district of Wachtberg
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–45
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held III. Panzerkorps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Hermann Albert Breith (7 May 1892 – 3 September 1964) was a German general of the Panzertruppe, serving during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. 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. Breith commanded the III. Panzerkorps.


Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 31 January 1942 Im Raum nordostwärts von Kiew führte ein Gegenangriff deutscher Infanterie und Panzertruppen unter Führung des Generalmajors Breith nach mehrtägigen Kämpfen zu einem vollen Erfolg.[5] In the area northeast of Kiev, a German counter-attack of infantry and armored troops under the leadership of Major General Breith resulted in a great success after several days of fighting.
20 February 1944 (addendum) Die zum Entsatz dieser Kampfgruppe angetretenen Verbände des Heeres und der Waffen-SS unter Führung des Generals der Panzertruppe Breith schufen im Zusammenwirken mit den unter Führung des Generalleutnants v. Vormann stehenden Truppen unter schwierigsten Wetter- und Geländeverhältnissen durch vorbildlichen Einsatz jedes einzelnen Soldaten die Voraussetzung für den Durchbruch.[6] The to the relief of the battle group deployed units of the army and the Waffen SS under the command of General of Panzer Troops Breith, in cooperation with the under the leadership of Lieutenant General v. Vormann standing troops, created the requirements for the breakthrough under difficult weather and terrain conditions through exemplary dedication of every soldier.
9 September 1944 (addendum) Im Weichselbrückenkopf, westlich Baranow, haben die unter dem Oberbefehl des Generals der Panzertruppen Balck, und dem Befehl der Generale der Panzertruppen Breith und Gräser sowie des Generals der Infanterie Recknagel stehenden Truppen im vergangenen Monat den Durchbruch massierter sowjetischer Kräfte vereitelt und den feindlichen Brückenkopf durch erfolgreiche Gegenangriffe eingeengt.[7] In the Vistula bridgehead west of Baranov, troops under the command in chief of General of Panzer Troops Balck, and commanded by the Generals of Panzer Troops Breith and Gräser as well as the General of the Infantry Recknagel prevented the break out last month of massed Soviet forces and narrowed the enemy bridgehead by counterattacks successfully.
30 October 1944 An diesem großen Erfolg haben Panzerverbände unter dem Befehl des Generals der Panzertruppe Breith und Verbände einer Luftflotte unter Führung von Generaloberst Deßloch hervorragenden Anteil.[8] Armored units under the command of General of Panzer Troops Breith and units of an air fleet under the command of Colonel General Deßloch have an outstanding share in this great success.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 77.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 144.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 58.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 42.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 23.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 40.
  7. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 237.
  8. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 313.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model
Commander of 3. Panzer-Division
October 2, 1941 – October 1, 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Franz Westhoven
Preceded by
Generaloberst Eberhard von Mackensen
Commander of III Corps
January 2, 1943 – October 20, 1943
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Heinz Ziegler
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Friedrich Schulz
Commander of III Corps
January 9, 1944 – May 31, 1944
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Dietrich von Saucken
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Dietrich von Saucken
Commander of III Corps
June 29, 1944 – May 8, 1945
Succeeded by
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