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Mauritz Freiherr von Strachwitz
Born 12 December 1898
Died 10 December 1953(1953-12-10) (aged Script error: No such module "age".)
Place of birth Bruschewitz
Place of death Camp Asbest, Sverdlovsk Oblast
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1916–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 87. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Mauritz Freiherr von Strachwitz[a] (12 December 1898 – 10 December 1953) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. 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. Mauritz Freiherr von Strachwitz was captured by Soviet forces in May 1945 in the Courland Pocket. He died on 10 December 1953 in Camp Asbest in the Sverdlovsk Oblast.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 September 1944 (Addendum) Im Raum von Dorpat hat sich die sächsisch-thüringische 87. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalleutnants Freiherrn von Strachwitz mit 3 estnischen Bataillonen in schwierigen Sumpf- und Waldgelände in Angriff und Abwehr hervorragend geschlagen.[2] The Saxon-Thuringian 87th Infantry Division, under the command of Lieutenant-General Freiherr von Strachwitz, with 3 Estonian battalions has fought well in attack and defense in the area of Dorpat in difficult marsh and woodland terrain.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The female forms are Freifrau and Freiin.

References[edit | edit source]

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2003, p. 335.
  2. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 230.
Bibliography
  • 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. 
  • (in German) Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945]. München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Walter Hartmann
Commander of 87. Infanterie-Division
22 November 1943 – August 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Gerhard Feyerabend
Preceded by
Generalmajor Helmuth Walter
Commander of 87. Infanterie-Division
16 January 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
None


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