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Bassenge, Gerhard (Luftwaffe)

Date of birth:
November 18th, 1897 (Ettlingen, Germany)
Date of death:
March 13th, 1977 (Lübeck, Germany)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


04.10.1914: Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier
27.01.1915: Fähnrich
27.01.1915: Leutnant
01.04.1925: Oberleutnant
01.02.1932: Hauptmann
01.02.1935: Major
01.04.1937: Oberstleutnant
01.05.1939: Oberst
01.01.1943: Generalmajor

04.10.1914-31.03.1916: Accepted into the Army as Officer-Aspirant and Company-Officer and Platoon-Leader in the 29th Infantry-Regiment
01.04.1916-30.04.1919: Pilot-Training and Pilot in the Fighter-Squadron ‘Boelcke’, wounded on November 1917
01.05.1919-16.07.1920: With the Air-Base at Döberitz
17.07.-30.09.1920: Platoon-Leader in the 3rd Light-Motor-Transport-Company
01.10.1920-30.09.1922: Company-Officer in the 3rd Infantry-Regiment
01.10.1922-31.03.1927: Detached to Studies at the Technical College in Hannover 01.04.1927-30.03.1928: Detached to the RWM
01.04.-01.10.1928: With the Staff of the Commander of Münster
01.10.1928-31.01.1932: With the Staff of the 6th Infantry-Regiment
01.02.1932-31.12.1933: Company-Chief in the 6th Infantry-Regiment
01.01.1934-28.02.1937: Transferred into the Luftwaffe as Group-Director and Advisor in the RLM
01.03.1937-31.05.1938: Commander of the Flying-School and Parachute-School I, at Stendal, and at the same time, was Parachute-Base-Commandant of Stendal
01.06.-30.09.1938: Officer with Special Duties of the RLM and C-in-C Luftwaffe
01.10.1938-31.05.1939: With the Luftwaffe General-Staff, RLM
01.06.1939-29.01.1940: Chief Of Staff of the Air-Region-Command XVII, Vienna
30.01.-31.07.1940: Chief of the General-Staff of Air-Fleet 2
01.08.-04.10.1940: Chief of the General-Staff of Air-Fleet 5
05.10.1940-23.06.1941: Chief of Staff of the German Luftwaffe-Mission in Rumania
24.06.1941-30.09.1942: Airport-Area-Commandant Africa
01.10.1942-31.01.1943: Commander of the 19th Luftwaffe-Field-Division
01.02.-10.05.1943: Commandant of Fortress-Area Tunis-Bizerta (Africa)
10.05.1943-1947: In British captivity then released

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First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  2. Klasse, 18 Jahre
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  1.Klasse, 25 Jahre
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberst im Generalstab (Group Captain with General Staff)
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1941

Royal Decree no. 2628 dated 19th September 1941.
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberst im Generalstab (Group Captain with General Staff)
Deutsche Luftwaffenmission Rumänien, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold