Kampfhenkel, Werner, born 25-11-1893 in Mühlhausen, Thuringa, joined the Army Service on 03-04-1913, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker in the 17th
Foot Artillery Regiment. He was in the fields of the first war and ended the war as a Oberleutnant and Battery Leader of the 46th
Foot Artillery Regiment. At the beginning of World War II he, as an Oberst, was the commander of the 102nd
Artillery Regiment until 08-10-1941. Appointed to Artillery Commander of the III Panzer Corps and landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
) until March 1943. III Panzer Corps was formed in June 1942 from III. Armeekorps
. The Panzerkorps was now attached to Heeresgruppe A under Gerd von Rundstedt
the formation tasked with capturing the Caucasus as a part of Fall Blau. Fall Blau later renamed Operation Braunschweig, was the German Armed Forces’ Wehrmacht name for its plan for the 1942 strategic summer offensive in southern Russia between 28 June and 24-11-1942. After the disaster at Stalingrad Friedrich von Paulus
III Panzerkorps took part in the battles around Kharkov as part of Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein’s
Heeresgruppe Don. Kampfhenkel was detached to the 1st
Division Leaders Course, Panzer troop School, in Berlin, Wünsdorf until 12-02-1943 and again in the Reserve to 18-04-1943, thus promoted to Generalmajor. He became the Artillery Commander 121, to April 1945 and Commander of the 72nd
Infantry Division, he succeeded Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Hermann Höhn
. The 72nd
was created on 19-09-1939 in Trier from Grenz-Division Trier, which was a border security unit. It was destroyed on the Eastern Front 25-03-1944 and reformed June 1944. Kampfhengel landed in Soviet captivity on 01-05-1945 and was released on 20-10-1949.
Death and burial ground of Kampfhenkel, Werner.
Retiring in Karlsruhe Kampfhenkel died at the age of 83, on 27-03-1977 and was buried with his wife Magarete, who died age 91 in 1991, on the Hauptfriedhof of Karlsruhe. The Generalmajor der Flieger, Ersatz der 12th Armee, Carl Fink
is buried here also.