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Hans-Jürgen von Arnim

General von Arnim

Born (1889-04-04)4 April 1889Ernsdorf, Silesia, Prussia
Died 1 September 1962(1962-09-01) (aged 73)Bad Wildungen, Hesse
Allegiance *[2] German Empire (to 1918)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1907 – 1945
Rank Generaloberst
Commands held *52nd Infantry Division*17th Panzer Division
Battles/wars *World War I*World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans-Jürgen Bernhard Theodor von Arnim (4 April 1889 – 1 September 1962) was a German Generaloberst who served during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross or the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


[hide] *1 Early life

[edit] Early lifeEdit

Arnim was born in Ernsdorf in the Prussian Province of Silesia, the son of General Hans von Arnim (1861–1931) and Martha Honrichs (1865–1953).

[edit] Military careerEdit

Arnim joined the German Army in 1907. During the First World War he saw action on both the Eastern and Western fronts. After the war, he remained in the Reichswehr and rose to command the elite 68th Infantry Regiment in Berlin. With the rise of Nazi Germany, Arnim was made a major-general in 1938.

[edit] World War IIEdit

Arnim commanded the 52. Infanterie-Division in both the Battles for Poland and France. In October 1940, Arnim was given command of the 17. Panzer-Division. With the outbreak of the war against the Soviet Union, he was promoted to lieutenant general under Heinz Guderian, but was seriously wounded a few days after the start of the campaign. [5][6]Generaloberst Hans-Jürgen von Arnim (left) and General der Panzertruppe Hans Cramer (centre) in British captivity at Trent Park camp in 1943On 1 October 1941, he was promoted to General der Panzertruppe and placed in command of XXXIX. Panzerkorps until November 1942, when he was appointed commander of the 5th Panzer Army under Erwin Rommel in North Africa. When Adolf Hitler refused to allow Rommel to return to Tunisia, Arnim was promoted to full general (Generaloberst) on 4 December 1942, and made Commander-in-Chief of Army Group Africa and de facto commander of the Afrika Korps from 9 March 1943 until his capture by the British Indian Army's 4th Infantry Division two months later on 12 May 1943.[1] After he was captured, Arnim allegedly expected to be met by his opposite numbers and asked to see Dwight D. Eisenhower. The American general replied to his aides to get as much information out of him as they could, but a personal meeting was out of the question. He would not meet with any German officers until the final surrender.[2] Instead he was brought to the British 1st Army C-in-C, General Kenneth Anderson.

Arnim served the rest of the war as a British prisoner of war interned along with 24 other German general officers at Camp Clinton, Mississippi,[3] and was released on 1 July 1947. He returned to Germany and died in Bad Wildungen, Hesse.

Arnim's Steyr 1500A Afrika Korps staff car from the North African campaign is exhibited at Eastbourne Redoubt in the United Kingdom.

[edit] AwardsEdit

[7][8]General von Arnim's Staff Car at the Eastbourne Redoubt.*Iron Cross (1914)

[edit] See alsoEdit

[9] Military of Germany portal

[edit] ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ I Was There! - How Von Arnim Surrendered at Last, The War Illustrated, June 11, 1943.
  2. ^ ALLIES, by John S. D. Eisenhower
  3. ^ German Prisoner of War Camp, Clinton, MS
  • Alman, Karl (1998). Ritterkreuzträger des Afrikakorps (in German). Rastatt, Germany: VPM Verlagsunion Pabel Moewig. ISBN 3-8118-1457-5.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 - 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • 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.
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