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Paul Freiherr von Hauser
Born (1911-04-24)April 24, 1911
Died 1 April 1999(1999-04-01) (aged 87)
Place of birth Graz, Austria
Place of death Vienna, Austria
Allegiance Austria First Austrian Republic (to 1938)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1930–1945
Rank Oberst
Commands held Panzer Lehr Division

World War II

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

Paul Freiherr von Hauser[a] (24 April 1911 – 1 April 1999) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht 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. Paul Freiherr von Hauser was captured by American forces in the Ruhr Pocket.

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.


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 179.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.
  • 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. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Rudolf Gerhardt
Commander of Panzer Lehr Division
September 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Fritz Bayerlein
Preceded by
Generalmajor Horst Niemack
Commander of Panzer Lehr Division
4 April 1945 - 15 April 1945
Succeeded by

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