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Bismarck, von, Georg

    Date of birth:
    February 15th, 1891 (Neumühl/Province of Brandenburg, Germany)
    Date of death:
    August 31st, 1942 (near El Alamein, Egypt)
    Buried on:
    German War Cemetery Tobruk
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    On August 31, 1942, the second day of the new attack on El Alamein, Generalmajor von Bismarck was killed in an airatack on the forward elements of his division.

    Promotions:
    June 13th, 1910: Fahnenjunker;
    March 20th, 1911: Fähnrich;
    November 18th, 1911: Leutnant;
    January 27yh, 1917: Oberleutnant;
    May 1st, 1924: Hauptmann;
    January 1st, 1934: Major;
    August 1st, 1936: Oberstleutnant;
    February 1st, 1939: Oberst;
    February 19th, 1942: Generalmajor (entering April 1st, 1942, preliminary);
    April 8th, 1942: Generalmajor (RDA April 1st, 1928);
    November 16th, 1942: Generalleutnant (posthumously, RDA/entering August 1st, 1942).

    Career:
    June 13th, 1910: Entering service 2. Schlesisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 6;
    1914 - 1918: Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 6;
    January 1st, 1919 - October 1st, 1920: Reichswehr-Infanterie-Regiment 16;
    October 1st, 1920 - October 1st, 1921: 5. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment;
    October 1st, 1921 - October 1st, 1923: 3. (Preußisches) Reiter-Regiment;
    1923: Führergehilfenausbildung;
    1923: Stab 3. Division der Reichswehr, Berlin;
    October 1st, 1923 - October 1st, 1924: Stab 3. (Preußisches) Kraftfahr-Abteilung, Berlin-Lankwitz;
    October 1st, 1924 - May 1st, 1929: Chef 3. / 2. (Preußisches) Kraftfahr-Abteilung, Kolberg;
    May 1st, 1929 - May 1st, 1931: Stab 2. (Preußisches) Kraftfahr-Abteilung, Stettin;
    May 1st, 1931 - October 1st, 1934: 6. (Preußisches) Sanitäts-Abteilung, Münster;
    October 1st, 1934 - October 15th, 1935: Kommandeur Kraftfahr-Abteilung Königsberg;
    October 15th, 1935 - November 10th, 1938: Kommandeur Aufklärungs-Abteilung (motorisiert) 1;
    November 19th, 1938 - February 1940: Kommandeur Kavallerie-Schützen-Regiment 7, Gera;
    February 1940 - December 10th, 1940: Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 7;
    December 10th, 1940 - September 10th, 1941: Kommandeur 20. Schützen-Brigade;
    September 10th, 1941 - December 18th, 1941: m.F.b. 20. Panzer-Division;
    December 18th, 1941- February 11th, 1942: Führerreserve;
    January 5th, 1942 - February 11th, 1942: Generalstab der Panzergruppe Afrika;
    February 11th, 1942 - April 1st, 1942: m.F.b. 21. Panzer-Division;
    April 1st, 1942 - July 17th, 1942 : Kommandeur 21. Panzer-Division;
    July 17th 1942: wounded;
    ? - August 31st, 1942: Kommandeur 21. Panzer-Division.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur Kavallerie-Schützen-Regiment 7 / 2. leichte Division / Armeegruppe XV / 10. Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
    Awarded on:
    September 20th, 1939
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 7 / 7. Panzer-Division / 2. Armee / Heeresgruppe C
    Awarded on:
    October 1st, 1939
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 7 / 7. Panzer-Division / 2. Armee / Heeresgruppe C
    Awarded on:
    September 29th, 1940
    Here follows an excerpt from Bismarck’s Knight’s Cross recommendation…

    “Oberst von Bismarck has led his Regiment from success to success with prudence and dedication during the operations in Poland and the West. These successes were decisive for the favourable course of the 7. Panzer-Division’s operations:

    A crossing over the Maas river near Leffe was forced on the 13.05.1940.

    The attack of Gefechtsgruppe von Bismarck on the 18.05.1940 over the Sambre river near Ors (south of Landecries), the clearing of Ors after a hard battle, the continuation of the attack during the late afternoon through the southern part of Le Cateau, Caudry up to the heights just southeast of Cambrai.

    The attack of the reinforced Schützen-Regiment 7 over the La Basse canal near Cuinchy on the evening of the 26.05.1940 and the night that followed, and the attack through Givenchy as far as Fournes on the 27.05.1940.

    The attack by the reinforced Schützen-Regiment 7 on the 05.06.1940 from the bridgehead position south of the Somme river through Les Wuesnoy, Montagne-Fayel up to the area between Champs and Montagne-Fayel.

    The breakthrough of the Weygand Line.”
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Posthumously awarded.
    Ärmelband Afrika

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