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Walter Hörnlein

Walter "Papa" Hörnlein
Walter Hörnlein (center)
Nickname(s) "Papa"
Born (1893-01-02)2 January 1893
Died 14 September 1961(1961-09-14) (aged 68)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1912–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment Großdeutschland
Infanterie-Division Großdeutschland
Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland
LXXXII. Armeekorps
XXVII. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

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

Walter "Papa" Hörnlein (2 January 1893 – 14 September 1961) was a General der Infanterie 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. This award was given to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or outstanding military leadership.

He was the commander (1 April 1942 - 27 January 1944) of the Großdeutschland Division.

Walter Hörnlein surrendered to American troops on 4 May 1945 and was held until 1947.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ a b c Thomas 1997, p. 291.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 191.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 59.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Wilhelm Von Stockhausen
Commander of Infanterie-Regiment Großdeutschland
10 August 1941 – 1 April 1942
Succeeded by
Oberst Köhler
Preceded by
Commander of Infanterie-Division Großdeutschland
1 April 1942 – 3 April 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hermann Balck
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hermann Balck
Commander of Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland
30 June 1943 – 31 January 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hasso von Manteuffel
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Johann Sinnhuber
Commander of LXXXII. Armeekorps
1 September 1944 – 30 January 1945
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Walther Hahm
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Maximilian Felzmann
Commander of XXVII. Armeekorps
14 April 1945 – 4 May 1945
Succeeded by
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