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Maximilian de Angelis
Maximilian de Angelis
Born (1889-10-02)2 October 1889
Died 6 December 1974(1974-12-06) (aged 85)
Place of birth Budapest
Place of death Graz, Austria
Allegiance Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary (to 1918)
Austria First Austrian Republic (to 1938)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–1945
Rank General der Artillerie
Commands held
Awards Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves

Maximilian de Angelis (1889–1974) was a German general of artillery, serving during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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. He was a prisoner of war from 1945 to 1955.

Military career

Maximilian de Angelis was born as an officer's son on October 2, 1889 in Budapest. After his military basic training Leutnant de Angelis was transferred to the Feldkanonen-Regiment 42. He participated in World War I holding the rank of Oberleutnant. By 1920 he had been promoted to Hauptmann and joined the Austrian Bundesheer.

He was taken prisoner of war on May 9, 1945 by US forces. On April 4, 1946 he was handed over to the forces of Josip Broz Tito and sentenced to 20 years of captivity. He was then handed over to the Soviet Union and sentenced to two times 25 years. He was released from captivity in the fall of 1955. He initially lived in Hannover, later moving to Graz where he died on December 6, 1974.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1997, p. 5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 193.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 116.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 74.
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1997) (in German). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K]. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 76. Infanterie-Division
September 1, 1939 – January 26, 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Carl Rodenburg
Preceded by
General Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Commander of 6. Armee
April 8, 1944 – July 16, 1944
Succeeded by
General Maximilian Fretter-Pico
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Franz Böhme
Commander of 2. Panzer-Armee
July 18, 1944 – May 8, 1945
Succeeded by

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