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Günther Hoffmann-Schönborn
Born (1905-05-01)1 May 1905
Died 4 April 1970(1970-04-04) (aged 64)
Place of birth Posen
Place of death Bad Kreuznach
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1924-1945
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 18. Volks-Grenadier-Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Günther Hoffmann-Schönborn (born 1 May 1905 – 4 April 1970) was an Officer in the German Wehrmacht and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. He received the Knight's Cross for successfully breaching the Metaxas Line and the Oak Leaves after a 120 kilometres (75 mi) attack and securing the Dnjepr bridge near Gernostaipol by surprise.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1997, p. 295.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 399.
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz and Wegmann, Günter (1985). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil I: Sturmartillerie (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-1447-0.
  • Thomas, Franz (1997) (in German). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K]. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
18. Luftwaffe-Feld-Division Joachim von Tresckow
Commander of 18. Volksgrenadier Division
September 1944 – 5 February 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Walter Botsch
Preceded by
Generalmajor Rolf Lippert
Commander of 5. Panzer-Division
5 February 1945 – April 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst der Reserve Hans Herzog

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