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Martin Gareis
Born (1891-10-06)October 6, 1891
Died 26 February 1976(1976-02-26) (aged 84)
Place of birth Berlin
Place of death Kreuth
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 98. Infanterie-Division
264. Infanterie-Division
XXXXVI. Panzerkorps
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Martin Gareis (6 October 1891 – 26 February 1976) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who held commands at the divisional, corps and army levels. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Martin Gareis was captured by British troops in 1945, and was released in 1947.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
16 November 1943 In den schweren Kämpfen der letzten Wochen haben sich im Kampfgebiet von Kiew die thüringische 7. Panzerdivision unter Führung von Generalmajor v. Manteuffel und auf der Krim die fränkisch-sudetendeutsche 98. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalleutnant Gareis besonders ausgezeichnet.[2] In the heavy fighting of recent weeks in the combat zone of Kiev, the Thuringian 7th Armored Division, led by Major-General von Manteuffel and on the Crimea, the Franco-Sudeten 98th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant-General Gareis have particularly excelled.

References[edit | edit source]

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 159.
  2. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 607.
Bibliography
  • 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.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Erich Schröck
Commander of 98. Infanterie-Division
31 December 1941 - 1 February 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Alfred-Hermann Reinhardt
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Otto-Joachim Lüdecke
Commander of 264. Infanterie-Division
15 May 1944 - 25 September 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Paul Hermann
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Walter Fries
Commander of XXXXVI. Panzerkorps
19 January 1945 - 2 May 1945
Succeeded by
none

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