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Franz Westhoven
Born (1894-12-07)7 December 1894
Died 9 October 1983(1983-10-09) (aged 88)
Place of birth Ludwigshafen
Place of death Hamburg
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 3. Panzer-Division
21. Panzer-Division
2. Panzer-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Franz Westhoven (7 December 1894 – 9 October 1983) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several panzer divisions. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

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References[]

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 360.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hermann Breith
Commander of 3. Panzer-Division
1 October 1942 – 25 October 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Fritz Bayerlein
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz
Commander of 2. Panzer-Division
5 May 1944 – 26 May 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz


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