Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz

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Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz
Born (1891-01-26)January 26, 1891
Died 17 December 1978(1978-12-17) (aged 87)
Place of birth Königsberg
Place of death Rheinbach
Allegiance Flag of the German Empire.svg  German Empire (to 1918)
Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 32. Infanterie-Division
7. Infanterie-Division
XXVII. Armeekorps
384. Infanterie-Division
404. Infanterie-Division
232. Infanterie-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz[a] (26 January 1891 – 17 December 1978) was a German general who commanded several divisions during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which he earned in 1940. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. As head of the Wehrmacht Heer's 384th Infantry Division, he was flown out of the Stalingrad pocket in December 1942, shortly before the division's destruction. A contemporary Soviet press report described him as having liked his peacetime comforts, and having required a nap on a soft bed after every dinner. Generalleutnant Gablenz was captured in 1945 and was released from Allied captivity in 1947.

Awards and decorations


  • 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.

See also


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 158.
  • 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]. Friedburg, 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. 
  • The Advertiser, Adelaide, Jan 16, 1943, p. 1. "Nazi Leaders Outguessed"
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