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Hans von Tettau
Born (1888-11-30)30 November 1888
Died 30 January 1956(1956-01-30) (aged 67)
Place of birth Bautzen
Place of death Mönchengladbach
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1909–1945
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment 101
24. Infanterie-Division
Korpsgruppe von Tettau

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Textile Salesman

Hans Bernhard Carl Otto von Tettau (30 November 1888 – 30 January 1956) was a decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who held commands at the division and corps level. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hans von Tettau was captured at the end of the war and was held until 1947. After his release he became a textile salesman and an author who wrote a book with General der Infanterie Kurt Versock called "The History of the 24th Infantry Division.

Despite his decorations, Von Tettau's reputation is debatable. Some German sources argue that Von Tettau had real little military experience up to his countermeasures at the Arnhem battle of 1944 (the Allied Operation Market Garden). Fellow generals spoke of Von Tettau -whos regular occupation was more that of an army inspector, than a commanding officer- in negative manners when he organised his defences in the Netherlands under the name 'Westgruppe', which was no formal army division at all. This was seen as a political move of Von Tettau to gain credit in Berlin (Verhoef, 2012).

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Thomas 1998, p. 372.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 341.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 84.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • 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.
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2300-3.
  • Verhoef, CEHJ (2012)De slag om de Ginkelse heide bij Ede / druk Heruitgave 17 en 18 September 1944. ISBN 9789461531667

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Justin von Obernitz
Commander of 24. Infanterie-Division
14 June 1940 – 23 February 1943
Succeeded by
General der Gebirgstruppen Kurt Versock

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