Dawans, Sigismund, born on 23-09-1899 in Erfurt, Thüringen,
entered the Army Service on 29-03-1917, age 17, as a Fähnrich in the Replacement Battalion of the 110th
Infantry Regiment, shortly for the outbreak of World War I. He ended the war as a Battalion adjutant in the same Regiment and was discharged to the Reserve on 25-10-1919 and retired on 01-11-1919. He married Ingeborg Hane on 06-04-1923 at Blankensee. Dawans was reactivated in the Army Service on 01-10-1924 and with the outbreak of World War II he was in the General Staff of Border Section Command North until 23-10-1939, under Generalfeldmarsdchall der Infanterie, Georg von Küchler
Transferred into the General Staff of the 16th
Army and landed in the Führer Reserve OKH on 28-12-1939. From 13-10-1939 to 01-11-1940, in the 19th
, as a Ia Oberstleutnant, then Chief of Staff in the renewed 19th
Panzer Division, under General der Panzertruppe, Otto von Knobelsdorff
until 01-11-1940. Again in the infamous Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
) from 12-05-1942 to 01-06-1942 and Chief of General Staff of the III Army Corps. For the third time in the Reserve to 15-05-1943, Chief of the General Staff in the 4th
Army, under Generaloberst der Infanterie, Gotthard Heinrici
to 15-10-1943. On sick leave in the Reserve OKH
again, to 05-12-1943. As commander of the Panzer Troops in Normandy France, Generalmajor Sigismund Dawans was killed in battle during the RAF’s attack on Panzer Group West’s headquarters at La Caine,
on 10-06-1944. Aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force bombed the chateau. Eighteen members of the HQ staff were known to have died in the raid, including the Chief of Staff Generalmajor Sigismund-Helmut von Dawans, the most senior officer to be killed in the raid. The group’s commander, General der Panzertruppe, Leo Geyr Schweppenburg
was wounded. Although the chateau was not badly damaged, the nearby orchard in which the HQ’s vehicles were parked was thoroughly bombed and communications equipment was destroyed. The HQ was rendered non-operational and withdrawn to Paris. The RAF raid on the I SS Panzer Corps ; Panzergruppe West headquarters at La Caine
in Normandy was an attack by the Second Tactical Air Force of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
No. 180 Squadron, headed by Wing Commander Lynn (wing leader of No. 139 Wing), led the formation, escorted by 33 Spitfires; 42 Typhoons took part in the operation, eight were armed with four 20 mm cannon and the other 34 also carried RP-3 rockets (sources vary slightly on the number of aircraft on the operation).
The Typhoons attacked in two waves thirty minutes apart. The first wave of 17 aircraft from 181 and 247 Squadrons, fired 136 rockets from 2,000 ft (610 m) on the parked vehicles and the château as the Mitchells accurately dropped 536 500 lb (227 kg) bombs on the target
Death and burial ground of Dawans, Sigismund Hellmut Konrad Alfred Georg Ritter und Edler von.
Recipient of the German Cross in Gold, Sigismund Dawans, at the age of 44, is buried on the war cemetery of La Cambe. Close to the grave of the Panzer Ace Michael Wittmann, and Oradour sur Glane suspect Adolf Diekmann, SS Sturmbannführer of “ Das Reich Division”
Another victim of the attack was Major Hugo Burgsthaler, here with Generaloberst Heinz Guderian
who found his grave with General Dawans