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Kurt-Harald von Hirschfeld
Von Hirschfeld as a Captain
Born (1912-07-11)July 11, 1912
Died 18 January 1945(1945-01-18) (aged 32)
Place of birth Weimar
Place of death Tarnów
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935 - 1945
Rank Generalleutnant (posthumously)
Commands held 78. Volksgrenadier-Division

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Harald von Hirschfeld (10 July 1912 – 18 January 1945) was a German general who commanded the 78.Volksgrenadier-Division during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. In September 1943, as a Colonel in the 1st Mountain Division, he played a major role in the defeat and subsequent massacre of the Italian Acqui Division in Cephallonia.

Awards and decorations


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 228.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 64.
  • 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.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Alois Weber
Commander of 78. Volksgrenadier-Division
1 December 1944 – 18 January 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Wilhelm Nagel

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