Funck, Hans Emil Richard Freiherr von, born 23-12-1891 Aachen, the son of the government president Paul Johannes von Funck and Marie, born von Lützow, graduated from grammar school in Koszalin. From Easter 1911 to summer 1914 he studied law in Greifswald and Freiburg. On 06-11-1915 he married in Göttingen Irmgard von Kritter (* 19-12-1896) and from this marriage, the three children Hans-Joachim, Ingeborg and Burkhard emerged. In 1939 his marriage was divorced. In 1940 he entered into his second marriage with Maria Freiin von Mirbach, from whom came the son Arndt. He joined the 1st Brandenburg Dragoon Regiment as an officer cadet, on 02-08-1914, with the outbreak of the first war. From 11-10-1914 he came with the regiment on the Western Front for use and was wounded there on Christmas Eve. After hospitalization and recovery took place in early February 1915, his transfer to the replacement squadron of his regiment and his local appointment as ensign on 23-02-1915. From 05-05-1915 he was back with the regiment at the front and was promoted to leutnant on 18-06-1915. Funck was from 11 March to 11-04-1916 the 2nd Squadron, then was for a short time Ordonnanzoffizier the staff of Reserve Dragoons Regiment No. 2 and was used from 10-05-1916 as a Machine Gun platoon leader. From 16-12-1916, uses in Reserve Dragoon Regiment No. 12 followed, first as a food and supply officer, then as a court officer. Finally, he was appointed leader of the 1st squadron, then from 25-10-1917 as leader of the 2nd MG Squadron. Funck was transferred on 18-03-1918 to Tongeren to the 1st Company of the MG-Schützen-Kommando West. One month later he took over the 3rd Company of MG-Schützen-Abteilung 11, which he was to lead beyond the end of the war. On 06-11-1915 in Göttingen he married and during World War I he was awarded the Iron Cross Class I and II Class. He remained in the Reichswehr after the war and in 1923 was promoted to Oberleutnant. From 1926 he worked in the Reichswehr Ministry in the Army Training Division. On 01-07-1933 he was appointed as the Adjutant of the Chief of the Army and the following year, Major on the General Staff. In 1936 he served in the Spanish Civil War with Bahamond Franco as a leader of the German National Army in Spain. He was also the military attaché at headquarters of the National Government in Spain. At the beginning of 1939 he was appointed Military attached to the German Embassy in Lisbon. In 1939 he was promoted to Oberst and in the same year his marriage was dissolved. In 1940 he married for a second time to Maria Freiin of Mirbach. In 1940 he was appointed as the commander of the 3rd Panzer Brigade and 1941 promoted to Generalmajor and given command of the 7th Panzer Division, nicknamed “Gespenster Division” or “Ghost Division” as the successor to Generalfeldmarschall der Infanterie, Erwin Rommel
and held this command on the central and southern sections of the Eastern Front. The nickname “Ghostdivision” because of its speed and independent movement, which even the German High Command had difficulty following. After service in France, the division served mainly on the Eastern Front, ending its days in the defense of Germany and surrendering to the British army northwest of Berlin in 1945.