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Kurt von Tippelskirch

Kurt von Tippelskirch
Born (1891-10-09)9 October 1891
Charlottenburg, Berlin, Free State of Prussia, German Empire
Died 10 May 1957(1957-05-10) (aged 65)
Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Army Group Vistula
German 21st Army
German 14th Army

World War I

World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Relations Curt Gallenkamp (brother in-law)

Kurt Oskar Heinrich Ludwig Wilhelm von Tippelskirch (9 October 1891 – 10 May 1957) was a general in the German Army during World War II.


  • Personal life 1
  • Army career 2
  • After the war 3
  • Ranks 4
  • Awards and decorations 5
    • Wehrmachtbericht reference 5.1
  • See also 6
  • References 7
    • Citations 7.1
    • Bibliography 7.2

Personal life

Kurt von Tippelskirch was born on 9 October 1891 in Berlin (Charlottenburg). His wife's name was Elly (née Gallenkamp) von Tippelskirch.

His son, Adolf-Hilmar von Tippelskirch, received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 29 September 1941 as a Lieutenant (Oberleutnant), while serving as Chief of the 1st Battery of Artillery Regiment 3 on the northern sector of the Eastern Front. As a Major in the General Staff, he was killed in action near Mogilev in Russia on 28 June 1944.

His brother-in-Law, Artillery General (General der Artillerie) Curt Gallenkamp (17 February 1890 to 13 April 1958), received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 19 November 1941. He received the Knight's Cross while commanding the 78th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front.

Army career

  • Kurt von Tippelskirch entered the German Army, passing the Cadet Corps on 3 March 1910.
  • Lieutenant (Leutnant) von Tippelskirch was captured by the French during the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914.
  • After being released from captivity in 1920, Kurt von Tippelskirch became a Chief of the 4th Company of Infantry Regiment 9.
  • Between 1924 and 1933: von Tippelskirch served in several staff positions, commander of Infantry Regiment 27 (1934) and, later, he transferred to the Defense Ministry (1936).
  • In 1938 to 1941: Kurt von Tippelskirch was appointed Staff for Intelligence in the Army General Staff and worked analyzing intelligence data connected to Germany’s campaigns of the war and Operation Barbarossa.
  • 5 January to 5 June 1942: Major-General (Generalleutnant) von Tippelskirch commander of the 30th Infantry Division belonging to the German 16th Army of General (Generaloberst) Ernst Busch (Army Group North).
  • 27 August 1942 to 1 February 1943: General of Infantry Kurt von Tippelskirch served in Italian 8th Army on the Eastern Front.
  • 18 February 1944 to 4 June 1944: von Tipelskirch was commanding general of the XII Army Corps on the Eastern Front. In June to July 1944 he assumed temporary command of the German 4th Army.
  • 18 July 1944: von Tippelskirch was injured in an airplane crash.[1] From 31 October 1944 to 22 February 1945, von Tippelskirch was delegated to the Western Front, first as the commander of the German 1st Army in Lorraine and then as the commander of the German 14th Army in Italy.
  • 26 December 1944: von Tippelskrich launched Operation Winter Thunderstorm, which held off the Allied forces until 1945.[2]
  • 27 April 1945 to 2 May 1945: von Tippelskirch was the commander of German 21st Army on the collapsing Eastern Front. His army operated in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg.
  • 29 April 1945 to 1 May 1945: von Tippelskirch was the commander of Army Group Vistula (Heeresgruppe Weichsel), acting for Kurt Student. For the especially successful leadership in German Army, von Tippelskirch was decorated and awarded.
  • 2 May 1945: von Tippelskirch surrendered to the United States Army.[2]

After the war

Kurt von Tippelskirch surrendered to the United States Army on 2 May 1945. He surrendered in the vicinity of LübeckSchwerin - Wismar (Germany).

After the war, von Tippelskirch wrote several books on military history (e.g. History of the Second World War, 1951).

Kurt von Tippelskirch died 10 May 1957 at Lüneburg (Lower Saxony).


Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 April 1944 Zwischen dem Dnjepr und Tichauffy haben die unter dem Befehl des Generals der Infanterie von Tippelskirch und des Generals der Artillerie Martinek stehenden Truppen in siebentägigen schweren Kämpfen Durchbruchsversuche von 17 feindlichen Schützendivisionen, einer motorisierten und zweier Panzerbrigaden vereitelt und damit einen hervorragenden Abwehrerfolg errungen.[7] Between the Dnieper and Tichauffy, troops under the command of General of Infantry of Tippelskirch and General of Artillery Martinek in seven days of heavy fighting have thwarted breakthrough attempts of 17 enemy infantry divisions, a motorized and two armored brigades, and thus achieved an outstanding defensive success.

See also



  1. ^ Some of the prisoners held at Special Camp 11. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b Spartacus Educational. Kurt von Tippelskirch. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 382.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 746.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 424.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 86.
  7. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 72.


Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Walter Buechs
Commander of 30. Infanterie-Division
5 January 1941 – 5 June 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Thomas-Emil von Wickede
Preceded by
Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici
Commander of 4. Armee
4 June 1944 – 30 June 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Vincenz Müller
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Vincenz Müller
Commander of 4. Armee
7 July 1944 – 18 July 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infantrie Friedrich Hoßbach
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Traugott Herr
Commander of 14. Armee
12 December 1944 – 22 February 1945
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Joachim Lemelsen
Preceded by
Generaloberst Nikolaus von Falkenhorst
Commander of 21. Armee
27 April 1945 – 2 May 1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici
Commander of Army Group Vistula
29 April 1945 – 1 May 1945
Succeeded by

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