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Hoepner, Erich

Date of birth:
September 14th, 1886 (Frankfurt an der Oder/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
August 8th, 1944 (Berlin/Plötzensee Prison, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Kavallerie
Unit:
Kommandierender General XVI.Armeekorps
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1939
Awarded for his leadership of the XVI. Armee-Korps during the Polish campaign. The following excerpt provides a justification for why Hoepner would be awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“General Hoepner was always an inspiring example for his troops by displaying his soldierly bravado, will to win and courage. With swift action on his part, he mastered the often extraordinarily difficult situations his Korps faced and contributed significantly to the overall success of the Armee.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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