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Walter "Papa" Hörnlein
Walter Hörnlein (center)
Nickname "Papa"
Born (1893-01-02)2 January 1893
Died 14 September 1961(1961-09-14) (aged 68)
Place of birth Blüthen
Place of death Cologne
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1912–1945
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment Großdeutschland
Infanterie-Division Großdeutschland
Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland
LXXXII. Armeekorps
XXVII. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

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

Walter "Papa" Hörnlein (2 January 1893 – 14 September 1961) was a General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. This award was given to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or outstanding military leadership.

He was the commander (1 April 1942 - 27 January 1944) of the Großdeutschland Division. Walter Hörnlein surrendered to American troops on 4 May 1945 and was held until 1947.

Awards and decorations


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 191.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 59.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2003). Eichenlaubträger 1940 - 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe I Abraham - Huppertz (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 3-932381-20-3.
  • 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
Oberst Wilhelm Von Stockhausen
Commander of Infanterie-Regiment Großdeutschland
10 August 1941 - 1 April 1942
Succeeded by
Oberst Köhler
Preceded by
Commander of Infanterie-Division Großdeutschland
1 April 1942 - 3 April 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hermann Balck
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hermann Balck
Commander of Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland
30 June 1943 - 31 January 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hasso von Manteuffel
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Johann Sinnhuber
Commander of LXXXII. Armeekorps
1 September 1944 - 30 January 1945
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Walther Hahm
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Maximilian Felzmann
Commander of XXVII. Armeekorps
14 April 1945 - 4 May 1945
Succeeded by

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