Hansen, Christian, born 10-04-1885 in Schleswig, joined the Army Service as a Fahnenjunker in the 9th Schlewig Holstein Foot Artillery Regiment, in Koblenz. He participated during the first war and ended with the Operations Department of the Grand Headquarters. At the beginning of World War II he was commander of the 25th Division in Ludwigsburg, until 15-01-1939, SS Oberstgruppenführer, Josef “Sepp” Dietrich who is buried in Ludwigsburg. Promoted to General of the Artillery on 01-06-1940 and gave his command of the 25th Division to Generalleutnant Erich-Heinrich Clößner. Assigned as Commanding General of the X Army Corps, succeeding Generalleutnant Otto Sponheimer , to 30-10-1943. Sponheimer died age 74 on 14-03-1961 in Kötzingen. Delegated with the leadership of the 6th Army to 04-11-1943, the 6th Army was later involved in the battle for Stalingrad, commander Generalfieldmarschall der Infanterie, Friedrich Paulus. Commander in Chief of the 16th Army until 03-07-1944 and became ill, the reason that he landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know). The Führerreserve (“Officers Reserve”) was set up in 1939 as a pool of temporarily unoccupied high military officers waiting for new assignments in the German Armed Forces during World War II. The various military branches and army groups each had their own pool which they could use as they saw fit. The officers were required to remain at their assigned stations and be available to their superiors, but could not exercise any command function, which was equivalent to a temporary retirement while retaining their previous income. Especially in the second half of the war, more and more politically problematic, troublesome, or militarily incompetent officers were assigned to the Führerreserve. Examples: Major Karl August Meinel, 01-08-1942, was shifted into the Führerreserve, because on 13-01-1942 he wrote a critical report to General Hermann Reinecke on the segregation and execution of Russian prisoners of war in prison camp Stalag VII-A by the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst SD (security Service) of the Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler Stalag VII-A was north of Moosberg, a Bavarian town close to Munich. Hermann Reinecke died old age 85, on 10-10-1973.
General Georg Thomas , head of the Military Economics and Armament Office of the Armed Forces Supreme Command, played an essential role in drawing up the starvation policy for the occupied Eastern territories. He was transferred to the Officers Reserve on 20-11-1942 and arrested after the 20 July 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler because of his contacts with the resistance. Thomas died, age 56, 29-12-1946.
Generaloberst, Franz Halder, head of the Army General Staff, planned army operations from 1939 to 1941. He was dismissed in 1942 and transferred to the Officers Reserve. After the assassination attempt on Hitler of 20 July 1944, his involvement in a conspiracy in 1938 came to light, which led to his arrest and imprisonment in Flossenbürg concentration camp. He was freed by U.S. troops in May 1945. In camp Flossenburg, Wilhelm Canaris and Hans Oster were killed only days before the end of the war. Walther von Brauchitsch became Supreme Commander of the Army in 1938 and was decisively involved in planning Operation Barbarossa. He was dismissed on 19-12-1941 because of the military defeat at Moscow and transferred Officers Reserve.
Death and burial ground of Hansen, Christian.
Not useful for Hitler’s war fare, Hansen was retired on 31-12-1944 and lived in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bavaria, with several other WWII Generals. Hansen died at the old age of 87, on 07-08-1972 and is buried with his wife Maria, who died old age 92, in 1993, on the Stadtfriedhof of Garmisch and only steps from the graves of the Generalleutnant der Panzertruppe, Kommandant Festung Pillau
, Eduard Hauser
, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur Artillerie Regiment Fallschirmjäger
, Iwan Ilsemann
, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 121th Infanterie Division
, Otto Lancelle
Oberst der Flieger, Organisater of “Zahme Sau “ tatics
, Victor von Lossberg
Generalleutnant der Flieger, Inspector of the Military Replacement Inspection, in Schwerin, Theodor Triendl
, Generalmajor der Flieger,Kommandeur des Flughafen-Bereichs 2/XVII
, Wilhelm Voelk
, General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftregio Belgium-France
, Wilhelm Wimmer
and Admiral, Reichs Commissioner at the Upper Prize Court in Berlin
, Hermann Densch.