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Hans-Ferdinand Geisler
Born (1891-04-19)April 19, 1891
Died 25 June 1966 (1966-06-26) (aged 75)
Place of birth Hanover, Lower Saxony
Place of death Freiburg im Breisgau
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
 Luftwaffe
Years of service 1914–1942
Rank General der Flieger
Unit X. Fliegerkorps
Commands held X. Fliegerkorps

Hans-Ferdinand Geisler was a Luftwaffe commander during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career[edit | edit source]

Born in Hanover in April 1891, Geisler joined the Imperial German Navy prior to World War I and served during the entire conflict. He joined the newly formed Luftwaffe in September 1933.

Reaching the rank of Oberst in March 1934, he became Generalleutnant in April 1939 and General der Flieger in July 1940. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on May 4, 1940.

As commander of Fliegerkorps X from October 2, 1939 to August 31, 1942, he used his background as a sailor to specialise in anti-shipping aerial operations.

He retired in October 1942 and died in June 1966 in Cologne.

Awards[edit | edit source]

References in the Wehrmachtbericht[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Thursday, 10 April 1940 Die militärischen Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Neutralität von Dänemark und Norwegen wurden am 9. April von starken Einheiten des Heeres, der Kriegsmarine und die Luftwaffe unter dem Oberbefehl des Generals der Infanterie von Falkenhorst, von Seestreitkräften unter dem Befehl des Generaladmirals Saalwächter und des Admirals Carls und von zahlreichen Verbänden der Luftwaffe unter Führung des Generalleutnants Geißler in engster Zusammenarbeit durchgeführt.[3] The military measures for the protection of the neutrality of Denmark were carried out on 9 April from strong units in close cooperation of the Heer, the Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe under the high command of General of the Infantry von Falkenhorst, of naval forces under the command of Generaladmiral Saalwächter and Admiral Carls and from numerous Luftwaffe units under the leadership of Generalleutnant Geißler (sic).

References[edit | edit source]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 329.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 193.
  3. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, pp. 101–102
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Patrick, Facon (2009). Malte, 1940-1943: Comment Rommel fut vaincu. Le Fana de l'Aviation Hors-Série n°42
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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