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Hauenschild, Ritter von, Bruno

Date of birth:
June 9th, 1896 (Würzburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
March 10th, 1953 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

During the First World War he was also decorated with the Ritterkreuz des Königlichen Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern, the Bayerischer Militärverdienstorden IV. Klasse mit Schwertern, the Militär-Max-Joseph-Orden III. Klasse (2nd September 1918, Leutnant, Batterieführer (7), 11. bayer. Feldartillerie-Regiment), Österr. Kriegs-Erinnerungs-Medaille mit Schwertern and the Verwundetenabzeichen (1918) in Gold.

Bruno Ritter von Hauenschild finally reached the rank of Generalleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 21st May 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 6th December 1917.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur 4.Panzer-Brigade / 10.Panzer-Division / XXXXVI.Panzer-Korps / Armeegruppe Guderian / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1941
The following excerpt describes why Hauenschild would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross…

“The success of the Korps’ swift thrust from the Beresina to the Dnieper is largely on account of Oberst Ritter von Hauenschild, who formed the attack spearhead with his Panzer-Brigade. Even after the successful crossing of the Dnieper his initiative brought about the swift seizure of several bridges and attack corridors that were of great importance for the further advance of the Korps. Of particular significance for the continued fighting was his operational breakthrough through the Desna-Uscha position near Yelnya on the 19.07.1941. This bridgehead has proven to be of ever increasing importance, as the recent heavy fighting here has demonstrated.

His Kampfgruppe eliminated 36 enemy tanks, 115 anti-tank guns, 62 artillery pieces, 80 MGs and 182 trucks.”
451st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 24. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his leadership of the 24. Panzer-Division during the German Case Blue offensive. The Division had a major part to play in the German offensive victories near Voronezh, during the battle in the Don bend and in the drive towards Stalingrad.
129th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With Swords.
Commander of the Order of the Roman Eagle
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With swords.
Ordinul Steaua Romaniei Grand Officer

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