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Hermann Hohn

Dr. rer. pol. Hermann Hohn
Born (1897-10-11)11 October 1897
Died 13 November 1968(1968-11-13) (aged 71)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1915–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held Infanterie-Regiments 124
72. Infanterie-Division
IX. Armeekorps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Other work Mayor of Ladenburg

Generalleutnant Dr. rer. pol. Hermann Hohn[Note 1] (11 October 1897 – 13 November 1968) was a German general serving during World War II and 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.

Hohn was released from captivity on 23 February 1948 and settled in Ladenburg. From 1953 to 1965 he was mayor of Ladenburg.


References in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
6 December 1943 In diesem Frontabschnitt hat sich die moselländische 72. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Oberst Hohn zusammen mit Teilen der SS-Panzerdivision "Wiking" und Einheiten der 10. Flakdivision durch vorbildliche kämpferische Haltung in den tagelang hin und her wogenden Kämpfen besonders ausgezeichnet.[5] The Moselle 72nd Infantry Division in this section of the front has particularly distinguished itself. Led by Colonel Hohn, together with parts of the SS Panzer Division "Wiking" and units of the 10th Anti-Aircraft Division, this division has shown exemplary fighting spirit in the battles over the past days, which swayed back and forth.
19 August 1944 (Addendum) In den schweren Abwehrkämpfen im großen Weichselbogen haben sich die unter dem Befehl des Generals der Infanterie Recknagel stehenden fränkisch-sudetendeutsche 88. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalmajor Graf von Rittberg und die hessisch-moselländische 72. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalmajors Hohn durch unerschütterlichen Kampfesmut und kühnes Draufgängertum ausgezeichnet.[6] In the fierce defensive battles in the great bend of the Vistula, the under the command of General of Infantry Graf von Rittberg and the Hessian-Moselle 72nd Infantry Division under the leadership of Major General Hohn, have excelled themselves by showing unshakeable courage in battle and bold recklessness.


  1. ^ In German a Doctorate of political economy is abbreviated as Dr. rer. pol. (Doctor rerum politicarum).
  2. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 72. Infanterie-Division.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 298.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 194.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 233.
  4. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 401.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, p. 622.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 209.

External links

  • Hermann Hohn @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Hermann Hohn @ World war 2 Awards
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Erwin Menny
Commander of 72. Infanterie-Division
20 November 1943 – 25 March 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Karl Arning
Preceded by
General der Kavallerie Gustav Harteneck
Commander of 72. Infanterie-Division
1 July 1944 – 20 April 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hugo Beißwänger
Government offices
Preceded by
Adam Herdt
Mayor of Ladenburg
1953 – 1965
Succeeded by
Reinhold Schulz
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