Donat, Hans von, born on 06-01-1891 in Stuttgart, entered the Army service as a Fähnrich in the 3rd Railway Regiment on 14-03-1911, 20 years old. Donat wasn’t a battlefield soldier during the first war and all the time a Railway commander. With the outbreak of World War II he was commander of the 68th Railway Pioneer Regiment. He became a Generalmajor on 01-11-1941 and promoted to Generalleutnant on 01-01-1944. The youngest Generalleutnant in WWII, with 36, was Theodor Tolsdorff . Von Donat served the whole war as a Higher Railway Commander and ended the war as Railway Pioneer Inspector with the Replacement Army. He landed in Allied captivity on 08-05-1945 and was released from prison on 05-06-1947.
Death and burial ground of Donat, Hans von.
After the war Hans von Donat, not a spectacular General, lived in Stuttgart where he at the very old age of 100, died on 11-06-1992. He is buried with his wife Maria, on the Prager cemetery in Stuttgart, Donat’s gravestone is seriously threadbare. Only steps from the graves of the WWII Generals, ,
Erwin Rommel Adjutant, Oberst Fritz Jaeger, a 20 July Plot member and his brother Franz the Generaloberarzt Fritz Jaeger and Generalleutnant der Pioniere, Kommandeur Heeresgruppe Süd, Gustav Boehringer, present in the Wolfschanze during the 20 July bomb attack, he was wounded
. The 20 July threaten at the Bendlerblock in Berlin was saved by Major Otto Ernst Remer commander of the Infantry Regiment Grossdeutschland who refused to arrest Joseph Goebbels after talking to Hitler in the Wolfschanze by phone. The Zeppelin builder, Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, General of the Infanterie, Kommandeur der Wehrmachtwaffe, OKW, Walter Buhle and Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur Ersatz V Heergruppe, Kurt Adam
are buried close by too.