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Johannes Block
Born (1894-11-17)17 November 1894
Died 26 January 1945(1945-01-26) (aged 50)
Place of birth Buschdorf
Place of death Kielce
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1924)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–1924
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment 202
294. Infanterie-Division
VIII. Armeekorps
XIII. Armeekorps
LVI. Panzerkorps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Johannes Block (17 November 1894 – 26 January 1945) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who held commands at 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 extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Johannes Block was killed on 26 January 1945 near Kielce, Poland during the Vistula-Oder Offensive.

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 115.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 64.
  • 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. 
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2003) (in German). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe I Abraham – Huppertz [Oak Leaves Bearers 1940 – 1945 Contemporary History in Color I Abraham – Huppertz]. Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 978-3-932381-20-1. 
  • 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 Otto Gabcke
Commander of 294. Infanterie-Division
22 March 1942 – 12 August 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hermann Frenking
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Gustav Höhne
Commander of VIII. Armeekorps
1 April 1944 – 15 April 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Ernst Schlemmer
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Arthur Hauffe
Commander of XIII. Armeekorps
25 April 1944 – 5 June 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Arthur Hauffe
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Friedrich Hoßbach
Commander of LVI. Panzerkorps
15 June 1944 – 26 January 1945
Succeeded by
General der Kavallerie Rudolf Koch-Erpach

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