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Gustav Adolf von Zangen

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Years of service  1910–45
Rank  General der Infanterie

Name  Gustav-Adolf Zangen
Service/branch  German Army
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Born  7 November 1892 Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse, German Empire (1892-11-07)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)  Weimar Republic (to 1933)  Nazi Germany
Battles/wars  World War I World War II Battle of the Bulge Battle of the Scheldt Operation Market Garden Operation Blackcock
Died  May 1, 1964, Hanau, Germany
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars  World War I, World War II, Battle of the Bulge
Commands held  15th Army, 17th Infantry Division
Similar People  Harry Crerar, Miles Dempsey, Erich Brandenberger, Walter Model, Wilhelm Bittrich

Gustav-Adolf von Zangen (7 November 1892 – 1 May 1964) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II and a commander of the 15th Army in the Netherlands in 1944 during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves of Nazi Germany.

Born in 1892, Zangen joined the army and served during World War I, receiving the Iron Cross. During World War II, he commanded 17th Infantry Division in on the Eastern Front, a Corps in France in 1943 and an Army detachment in Italy before being appointed to command the 15th Army on the Western Front. Having occupied the Pas de Calais during the 1944 campaign in France, Zangen was forced to evacuate his army, together with other divisions, across the Scheldt to the island of Walcheren and South Beveland.

There, they were attacked during the Battle of the Scheldt 2 October-8 November 1944. He deployed his force against the Allied advance into the Netherlands. On 24 October 1944 his headquarters in Dordrecht were bombed by the RAF. During the Ardennes offensive starting 16 December 1944, his 15th Army was tasked with fixing the British and U.S. forces north of the Bulge (see also Operation Blackcock, Operation Grenade.) Zangen surrendered in April 1945 in the Ruhr Pocket. He died in 1964 in Hanau.

Awards and decorations

  • Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (13 September 1914) & 1st Class (19 March 1915)
  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (9 November 1939) & 1st Class (15 May 1940)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Knight's Cross on 15 January 1942 as Oberst and commander of Infanterie-Regiment 88.
  • 647th Oak Leaves on 5 November 1944 as General der Infanterie and acting commander of the 15. Armee
  • References

    Gustav-Adolf von Zangen Wikipedia


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