Dawans, Sigismund Hellmut Konrad Alfred Georg Ritter und Edler von

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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. 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 Infantry Division File:19th Infanterie Division Logo.svg, 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 The HQ was rendered non-operational and withdrawn to Paris. German command of the sector was temporarily given to SS-Obergruppenführer, Joseph “Sepp” Dietrich  and the I SS Panzer Corps File:S SS-Pz Abt 101.jpg. The attack destroyed the only western German Army organization capable of handling a large number of mobile divisions. The appointment of new staff under General der Panzertruppe, Heinrich Karl Eberbach  and the preparation of plans for the German armored counter-offensive were delayed by a vital three weeks. The counter-attack never materialized as events overtook the situation, as the British Armored spearhead headed towards Caen.

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”


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