Hauenschild, Bruno Ritter von, born Bruno Hauenschild on 09-06-1896 in Würzburg to his father, the medical officer general staff doctor a. D. Dr. Wilhelm Hauenschild (1862–1959) and his mother Antonie, born Leusser (1868–1945). He had two sisters, Anna Auguste (1897–1986) and Charlotte Rosa Gisela. After the Abitur at a Humanist Gymnasium, Hauenschild entered the substitute section of the 11th Field Artillery Regiment of the Bavarian Army on 17-08-1914, age, after the outbreak of the First World War. At the end of September 1914, he entered the field on the western front and was seriously wounded as a gunman on 02-11-1914 by a shot in the chest. It was only in February 1915 that Hauenschild was again ready for use. During the campaigns in Flanders, Hauenschild was promoted to Leutnant on 26-04-1915. In April 1916, he suffered a poison gas poisoning, like Adolf Hitler experienced, entered a hospital, and took part in the Battle of the Somme in August / September after recovering from the battle. The year 1917 was characterized by the battles at Arras, Flanders, Messines and Cambrai. In 1918 he entered the offensive with his regiment in the Great Battle of France and was again severely wounded on 24-04-1918 in the Battle of Guémappe by a belly shot. On 15-08-1918 Hauenschild again took over the leadership of the seventh battery.
When, during the fighting between Arras and Cambrai, he was ordered to retreat, he interveningly assisted in the counterattack that had been advanced by the Prussian Second Reserve Regiment. As a result of this measure, several enemy reconquest could be repulsed. On 02-09-1918 he was lent to the Knights Cross of the Military Max Joseph Order . With the award, the survey was linked to the personal nobility and he was able to name himself after the entry into the aristocratic knights Ritter von Hauenschild. He had also been awarded with the wounded badge in gold for his achievements with both classes of the Iron Cross, the Knights Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords, the Military Order of the Fourth Class with Swords, and his seven wounds during the war. Shortly after Germany entered World War I. At the beginning of the World War II, Ritter von Hauenschild rejoined the army as an officer. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders, Chiang kai Shek, Charles de Gaulle, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler (did you know), Benito Mussolini, HidekoTojo. On 25-08-1941, as a Oberst in the 24th Armored Division, under General der Panzertruppe, Werner Kempf, he received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Iron Cross is a military decoration of Germany which was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and first awarded on 10-03-1813. From 05 April to 12-09-1942, General Ritter von Hauenschild commanded the 24th Panzer Division. On 17-09-1942, he received Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The 24th Panzer Division was formed in 1942 from the 1st Cavalry Division under General der Kavallerie, Kurt Feldt based at Königsberg. It served under the Fourth Panzer Army, under Generaloberst der Infanterie, Richard Ruoff in Army Group South of the Eastern Front. In late December 1942 it was encircled in the Battle of Stalingrad and destroyed. It was reformed in March 1943 and served in Normandy, Italy and then went back to the Eastern Front where it suffered heavy casualties around Kiev and the Dnepr Bend. During spring-1944 it took part in the Battles of Targu Frumos. Near the end of the war it saw action in Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia before it surrendered to the British in May 1945. In 1943, von Hauenschild commanded the schools for Armoured Troops. On 26-01-1945 Ritter von Hauenschild commanded the III Army Corps . The III Corps was formed in October 1934 as III Army Corps. The corps took part in Fall Weiss, the 1939 invasion of Poland as a part of Heeresgruppe Nord. It then took part in Fall Gelb, the attack on Holland (see About) as a part of Heeresgruppe A, participating in the assault through the Ardennes. In March 1941, the corps was upgraded to a motorised corps status and redesignated III Armeekorps (motorized). Operation Barbarossa saw III Armeekorps (mot) attached to General Feld Marschall der Panzertruppe, Gerd von Rundstedt’s Heeresgruppe Sud. The corps fought during the campaigns throughout the Ukraine and took part in the battles of Kiev, Rostov, Kharkov and the Uman Salient. In June 1942, the corps was again upgraded and redesignated. His last command was the defences of the city Berlin during the Battle for Berlin. He was relieved of this command on 6 March and replaced by Generalleutnant Helmuth Reymann. Generalleutnant Helmuth Reymann was a German Army officer and the third to the last German commander of the Berlin Defence Area during the final assault by Soviet forces on the city of Berlin. Reymann died very old age of 96 on 08-12-1988, in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
Death and burial ground of Hauenschild, Bruno Ritter von.
After suffering a severe flu in the middle of February 1945, von Hauenschild was transferred to the Feldafing hospital on 20-03-1945, and was caught in an American war in early April. On the 30-06-1945, he was released. Von Hauenschild was wounded in the bomb attack on 20-07-1944,
by Oberst der Kavallerie, Graf Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, but survived the war,
Von Hauenschild at the end of the war captured by the Allied forces, but was released again in the spring of 1945.and died on 10-03-1953, age 56, in Munich. He is buried on the Stadtfriedhof of Würzburg.