Kanitz, Hans Theodor Friedrich Karl Graf von, born 17-11-1893 in Podangen, East Prussia, son of Hans Wilhelm Alexander von Kanitz-Podangen, Graf,
in a noble family
, entered the Army Service on 24-03-1913, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker in the 13th
Cuirassier Regiment. He was in the fields of the first war and ended as an Oberleutnant and Ordinance Officer with the General Command of the East Prussian Volunteer Corps
. At the start of World War II he as an Oberstleutnant was the director of Unterofficers Courses at the Army Gas Protection School
in Celle until 26-10-1939, promoted to Oberst on 01-04-1939. Appointed to Commander of Army Gas Protection School, Celle, until 18-11-1944 and landed in the Führer Reserve
to 18-11-1944 and released of the Army service, age 51. The Führer Reserve
(“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 Führer Reserve. Especially in the second half of the war, more and more politically problematic, troublesome, or militarily incompetent officers were assigned to the Führer Reserve.
Graf Hans von Kanitz was married with Karoline Prinzessin zur Lippe
Death and burial ground of Kanitz, Hans Theodor Friedrich Karl Graf von.
Retiring in in Bückeburg, Kanitz died at the age of 74, on 25-08-1968 and is buried on the Stadtfriedhof of Bückeburg. Albert Speer
was arrested by the British in his castle headquarter in Bückeburg, while shaving
. Close by the graves of the Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Fortress Bergen, Norway
, Carl André,
and Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur 464th Infanterie Division
, Otto Heidkämper