Hanneken, Hermann, born 05-01-1890, eight months after Adolf Hitler
(did you know
), in beautiful Gotha,
the son of Oberst of the Prussian Army Hermann Ferdinand Sidney von Hanneken (1847–1899) and his wife Emilie Caroline Hertha, born von der Lancken (1856–1914) from the House of Plüggentin on Rügen. His grandfather was the chess genius Generalleutnant Karl August Bernhard Hermann von Hanneken, one of his uncles was Constantin Alexander Stephan von Hanneken (1853-1925), Prussian artillery officer, major and military advisor in China, who took part in the first Sino-Japanese war as a General in Chinese service (He fought against the Japanese blockade of the city of Asan). In 1908 after training in the cadet school von Hanneken joined the Army as a Fähnrich. A year later he was promoted to Leutnant. In April 1917 he was transferred to the General Staff
and the year after he was promoted to Hauptmann. In 1915 von Hanneken became Oberleutnant and aide to a regiment in World War I. In July 1916 von Hanneken was transferred to the 260th
Reserve-Infantry-Regiment, where he was served as leader of the Machine Gun-Company.
After the war von Hanneken was in 1919 among the officers who joined the German Reichswehr. Hanneken was promoted to Generalleutnant in 1940 and in 1941 he was the General
der Infanterie. After the outbreak of World War II a supply crisis in the iron and steel division cause him problems and only Secretary in the Ministry of Armament; head of the planning office, Hans Kehrl, could save him. Hans Kehrl died age 83, on 26-04-1984.
Delivery time had increased dramatically because von Hanneken over a period of two years had approved supplies that exceeded the amount of iron and steel that could be delivered. Hans Kehrl said nothing about this in its public records, but his caseworker Arnold Köster did in return. Kehrl wrote in his memoirs that von Hanneken was not sufficiently decisive and was afraid of any conflict. Von Hanneken was also responsible for addressing the issues of coal to the steel industry. So on 06-06-1941 he raised at the 11th
meeting in Generalrat der Wirtschaft the problem that the demand for coal in the last four years had risen faster than supply. In April 1942 von Hanneken was denied responsibility for the distribution of iron and steel, which were transferred to the so-called central planning, went on holiday in August 1942 and left Section II in October.
On 12-10-1942 he took over the duties of commander of the German forces in Denmark and in January 1945 he was released from his command and replaced by Generaloberst der Kavallerie, Higher Command 18th Armee
, Georg Lindemann
Leutnant von Hanneken married his fiancée Anna-Maria Countess von Hacke in Dessau on 27-09-1911 (born 01-01-1892 in Torgau; she died 09 -11-1911 in Berlin), the daughter of Hermann Albert Botho Curt-Bogislav Graf von Hacke (1857–1927) and Margarethe Olga, born Hainauer. His second marriage was on 26-06-1915 in Berlin Celia-Cicita von Soest (born 09-10-1891 in Berlin; she died 27-01-1981 in Herford), the daughter of the factory owner Hermann von Soest and Almaria, born Kuschke-Heinersdorf.
Death and burial ground of Hanneken, Hermann Konstantin Albert Julius von.
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