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Paul Scheuerpflug

Paul Scheuerpflug
Born (1896-07-03)3 July 1896
Died 8 August 1945(1945-08-08) (aged 49)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment 116
68. Infantrie-Division

World War I
World War II

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

Paul Scheuerpflug (3 July 1896 – 8 August 1945) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 68th Infantry Division. He 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. Paul Scheuerpflug was wounded 8 May 1945, and captured by Soviet troops. He died in a POW camp hospital at Auschwitz.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
10 November 1943 Die brandenburgisch-westfälische 8. Panzerdivision unter Führung von Oberst Frölich und die brandenburgische 68. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Oberst Scheuerpflug verdienen für ihre hervorragenden kämpferischen Leistungen bei den schweren Kämpfen im Südabschnitt der Ostfront besondere Anerkennung.[4] The Westphalian Brandenburg-8th Panzer Division, led by Colonel Frölich and the 68th Brandenburg Infantry Division, led by Colonel Scheuerpflug deserve for their outstanding combat achievements in the heavy fighting in the southern sector of the Eastern Front special recognition.
14 December 1943 Bei diesen Kämpfen haben sich die 1. thüringische Panzerdivision unter Generalleutnant Krüger und die brandenburgische 68. Infanteriedivision unter Oberst Scheuerpflug besonders bewährt.[5] In these battles, the 1st Thuringian Armored Division under Lieutenant General Krüger, and the 68th Brandenburg Infantry Division under Colonel Scheuerpflug have particularly proven themselves.
19 September 1944 (addendum) In der Abwehrschlacht bei Sanok und Krosno hat die brandenburgische 68. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalleutnant Scheuerpflug vorbildlich kämpfend wiederholte feindliche Durchbruchsversuche vereitelt und zahlreiche Panzer im Nahkampf vernichtet.[6] In the defense battles at Sanok and Krosno, the 68th Brandenburg Infantry Division, led by Lieutenant General Scheuerpflug repeatedly repulsed by exemplary fighting the enemy break through attempts and destroyed many tanks in close combat.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 254.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 306.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 83.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 602.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 626.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 250.

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  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt
Commander of 68. Infanterie-Division
25 October 1943 - 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
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