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Julius von Bernuth
Julius von Bernuth and Erwin Rommel in the Moselle valley in 1940
Born 12 August 1897
Died 12 July 1942 (1942-07-13) (aged 44)
Place of birth Metz, Alsace-Lorraine
Place of death near Ssochkranaja, Russia
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1942)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914-1942
Rank Generalmajor
Battles/wars World War II
World War I
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Julius von Bernuth (12 August 1897 – 12 July 1942) was a German general (Generalmajor) who served during World War II.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Julius Hans Camillo Friedrich Leo Ludwig von Bernuth was born in Metz, Alsace-Lorraine, on 12 August 1897. Julius von Bernuth joined a cadet school in Karlsruhe.

During the First World War, von Bernuth fought as a Lieutenant in the 115th Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment of the 49th Infanterie-Brigade of the Ducal Hessian Division. During the war, von Bernuth received the Iron Cross.

After the war, von Bernuth continued to serve with the Reichswehr in a variety of staff roles and was promoted to Major, in January 1936. Now serving with the Wehrmacht, von Bernuth was promoted to Lieutenant colonel (Oberstleutnant), and by 1939, had risen to the role of Chief of the General Staff of the XV. Armee-Korps.

On 5 August 1940, von Bernuth received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He was promoted to Colonel in December 1940 and Brigadier General (Generalmajor) on April 1942.

On 12 July 1942, while flying to his headquarters, his aircraft exploded and crashed, near Ssochkranaja, on the Eastern Front.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Scherzer 2007, p. 217.
  • 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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