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Maximilian Felzmann

Maximilian Felzmann
Born 22 April 1894
Died 8 June 1962(1962-06-08) (aged 68)
Zürich, Switzerland
Allegiance Austria-Hungary (to 1918)
First Austrian Republic (to 1938)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Austrian Army
Years of service 1913–1938
Rank Major (Austria)
General der Artillerie (Germany)
Commands held 251. Infanterie-Division
XXXXVI. Panzerkorps
XXVII. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

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

Maximilian Felzmann (22 April 1894 – 8 June 1962) was a General der Artillerie in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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. Maximilian Felzmann was captured by American troops in May 1945 and held until 1947.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
29 October 1943 Die im Mittelabschnitt kämpfende hessisch-thüringische 251. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalleutnants Felzmann hielt in einem der Schwerpunkte der Abwehrschlacht den immer wiederholten Angriffen vielfach überlegener Sowjetkräfte unerschütterlich stand. The in the middle section fighting Hesse-Thuringia 251st Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Felzmann withstood in one of the focal points of the defensive battle the ever-repeated attacks of often superior Soviet forces unshakably.


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 163.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 111.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 150.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 77.

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  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl Burdach
Commander of 251. Infanterie-Division
10 March 1943 - 10 October 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Werner Heucke
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Smilo Freiherr von Lüttwitz
Commander of XXXXVI. Panzerkorps
29 August 1944 - 20 September 1944
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Walter Fries
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Helmuth Prieß
Commander of XXVII. Armeekorps
26 October 1944 - 14 April 1945
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Walter Hörnlein
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