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Erick Oskar Hansen

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Years of service  1907–45
Rank  General der Kavallerie

Name  Erick-Oskar Hansen
Service/branch  German Army
Erick-Oskar Hansen
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)  Weimar Republic (to 1933)  Nazi Germany
Battles/wars  World War I World War II Annexation of Austria Annexation of the Sudetenland Invasion of Poland Battle of France Operation Barbarossa Siege of Odessa (1941) Siege of Sevastopol (1941–1942) Siege of Leningrad Jassy–Kishinev Offensive (August 1944)
Died  March 18, 1967, Hamburg, Germany
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars  World War I, Anschluss, Invasion of Poland
Commands held  4th Infantry Division, 14th Panzer Division, 54e corps d'armee

Erick-Oskar Hansen (27 May 1889 – 18 March 1967) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.


Born in Hamburg, Hansen entered the army of Imperial Germany in 1907 as a Fahnenjunker (officer cadet) in the 9th Dragoons. He was given command of the 4th Infantry Division in 1938. Promoted to generalleutnant in August 1939, he led the division through the invasion of Poland and the French Campaign before it was withdrawn from the front in August 1940 for conversion to armour. Now designated the 14th Panzer Division, Hansen oversaw its initial training in armoured warfare.

Hansen was promoted to General der Kavallerie (General of the Cavalry) before taking command of LIV Army Corps in 1941, operating on the Eastern Front. Soon afterwards, on 4 September 1941, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. In 1943, he commanded the German Military Mission to Romania in addition to being Military Commander, Romania. He surrendered to the Red Army troops in the course of the Soviet Jassy–Kishinev Offensive in August 1944. He was held in the Soviet Union until 1955. On his return to Germany, he lived in Hamburg.


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