Holtzendorff, Hans Henning von, born 02-08-1892 in Neuenahr,
entered the Army Service age 18, on 30-09-1910, as a Fähnrich in the 2nd
Foot Guards Regiment. In 1911 he attended the war school in Kassel and was promoted on 23-05-1911 to Fähnrich. On 27-01-1912, he was promoted to Leutnant and his use as a platoon commander and recruiting officer. At the outbreak of World War I on 02-08-1914, he was battalion adjutant in the 2nd Guards Regiment on foot and with his regiment in the field. The regiment moved to the western front and participated in the Battle of Namur
, the fighting at Reims of the Battle of Arras and in November 1914 at the Battle of Ypres. At the turn of the year 1914/1915 the regiment was in Flanders and Artois. From February 1915, the regiment fought in Champagne. From March 1915 Hans-Henning von Holtzendorff was company commander in his regiment. In late April 1915, the transfer to the Eastern Front followed and participation in the battle in Przemysl and the transition over the San. In July 1915 Hans -Henning von Holtzendorff was transferred to the staff of the Generalintendanten of the field army, but returned in September 1915 as a company commander the 2nd Guards Regiment walking back. With this he relocated to the Western Front and participated in the autumn battle at La Bassée and Arras
and the subsequent battles in Flanders and Artois. On 18-09-1915, he had been promoted to Leutnant. In December 1915, he was transferred as a company commander in the reserve battalion of the regiment and was then assigned in July 1916 the News-Meldesammelstelle North in Wesel. From March 1917 he served as an orderly officer at the General Command of the Guard Corps and from July 1917 as adjutant at the 5th Guards Infantry Brigade. From September 1919 he was then an orderly officer at the General Command of the Guard Corps, until he was assigned on 01-02-1918 the staff of the Quartermaster General or the Operations Department II of the Supreme Army Command. Promoted to Hauptmann on 18-10-1918, Hans-Henning von Holtzendorff was dismissed on 31-03-1920 from military service. From 1929 was employed by Holtzendorff as a civilian clerk in the Reich Ministry of Defense.
in Berlin. On 15-07-1934, he was then reactivated as a captain in the army and assigned to the 5th Motor Vehicle Division. On 01-01-1935, the promotion to Major and on 15-10-1935, appointed commander of the 13th Antitank Division
. Here followed on 01-10-1937 his promotion to Oberst and on 10-11-1938 his transfer to the Staff of the Panzertruppenschule. On the first day of mobilization, 26-1-08-1939, von Holtzendorff was appointed commander of the newly established anti-tank department 561. This army group was renamed on 01-04-1940 to Panzerjäger Abteilung 561. With the department he participated in 1940 in the western campaign.
After the war he was not allowed in the new Reichswehr
but employed as a civilian in the Army Service on 21-03-1920. He reactivated in Adolf Hitler’s
(did you know
) growing Wehrmacht, on 15-07-1934 and at the beginning of World War II he as an Oberst was the commander of the 561st
Panzer Jäger Battalion, until 11-12-1940. The Panzer Jäger
was a branch of service of the Wehrmacht during the World War II which were the anti tank arm-of-service who operated anti-tank artillery, and made exclusive use of the tank destroyers which were also named Panzerjäger. They wore ordinary field-gray uniforms rather than the black of the Panzer troops; those Panzerjäger troops who crewed the tank-destroyers however wore the Panzer jacket in field gray. As Commander of the 104th
Rifle Regiment to 10-07-1941, he landed in the Führer Reserve to 27-09-1941 and appointed to commander of the 40th
Rifle Regiment to 18-12-1941 and again in the Reserve, to 10-01-1941. Assigned as Training Director at the Panzer Troop School to 12-07-1943 and at the same time detached to the Chief of Army Armaments and Commander of the Replacement Army. His last command was as commander of the Motor Vehicle Park Troop in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, until 06-05-1945.
Death and burial ground of Holtzendorff, Hans Henning von.
Von Holtzendorff was in Allied captivity until 26-06-1947 and retired in Hanover. Von Holtzendorff died there at the very old age of 92, on 28-09-1982 and is buried with his wife Barbara, born Flotow, who died old age 96, in 1992, on the Cemetery Engeshode in Hannover, between many other WWII Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Militair Ersatz Inspector Dresden
, Hans von Falkenstein
, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur Headquarters of the OKH
, Walter Gündell
and SS Gruppenführer, Hans Wappenhaus
Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Higher Artillery Commander 315
, Walter Büchs
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur 276th Volks Grenadier Division
, Hugo Dempwolff
, General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur 19th Panzer Division
, Otto von Knobelsdorf
, Generalmajor der Infanterie,Waffen Inspector XVIII, Hannover
, Erwin Becké
, SS Oberführer, Kommandeur 19th Waffen SS Grenadier Division
, Friedrich Bock
. Hannover a popular place for Generals.