Hausser, Paul "Papa"

    Date of birth:
    October 7th, 1880 (Brandenburg an the Havel/Brandenburg, Germany)
    Date of death:
    December 21st, 1972 (Ludwigsburg/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
    Buried on:
    Waldfriedhof München
    Service number:
    SS Nr. 239795
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Paul Hausser reached the rank of Generalleutnant in the Reichswehr before joined the SS. He led his armies in the Battle of Kharkov, Kursk and Normandy. Hausser ended his war career in the rank of SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer und Generaloberst der Waffen-SS.

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    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Awarded on:
    1914
    Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Details:
    With swords
    IV. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Details:
    1st class with swords
    Ritter zum Militärverdienstorden
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Awarded on:
    July 11th, 1918
    Ritter III. Klasse zum Kaiserlicher Orden der Eisernen Krone
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer
    Unit:
    SS-Verfügungstruppe Division
    Awarded on:
    September 27th, 1939
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer
    Unit:
    SS-Verfügungstruppe Division
    Awarded on:
    June 17th, 1940
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer/Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    Kommandeur SS-Division „Reich“ / XXXXVI.Panzer-Korps / 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
    Awarded on:
    August 8th, 1941
    Details:
    411th Award.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer/General der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    II.SS-Panzerkorps
    Awarded on:
    May 9th, 1942
    Action:
    Received for sustaining wounds on October 14th 1941 where he lost sight in his left eye and sustained jaw injuries. At the moment Hausser received this decoration he was Commander of the II.SS-Panzerkorps.
    Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    January 30th, 1943
    Goldenes Parteiabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer/General der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    Kommandierender General II.SS-Panzer-Korps / 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
    Awarded on:
    July 28th, 1943
    Details:
    261st Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Oberstgruppenführer/Generaloberst der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    Oberbefehlshaber der 7.Armee / Oberbefehlshaber West
    Awarded on:
    August 26th, 1944
    Details:
    90th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
    • Photo: Picture 1: Wilco Vermeer collection
      - Picture 2: Wikimedia Commons
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
      - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
      - Das Reich
      - Lexicon der Wehrmacht
      - Axis Biographical Research
      - Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945
      - Hochspringen nach: abcdeRangliste des Deutschen Reichsheeres, Mittler & Sohn Verlag, Berlin, S. 140.

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