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Nikolaus von Vormann

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Years of service  1914–45
Name  Nikolaus Vormann
Service/branch  German Army

Born  24 December 1895 Neumark, Province of West Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia German Empire now Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland (1895-12-24)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)  Weimar Republic (to 1933)  Nazi Germany
Rank  General der Panzertruppe
Battles/wars  World War I World War II Invasion of Poland Battle of France Operation Barbarossa Siege of Leningrad Battle of Stalingrad Cherkassy Pocket Operation Bagration
Died  October 26, 1959, Berchtesgaden, Germany
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars  World War I, Invasion of Poland, Battle of France
Commands held  23rd Panzer Division, XLVII Panzer Corps, 9th Army
Similar People  Walter Model, Zygmunt Berling, Edward Pfeiffer, Jan Mazurkiewicz, Leopold Okulicki

Nikolaus von Vormann

Nikolaus von Vormann (24 December 1895 – 26 October 1959) was a general of Prussian background who served in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany. He spent most of World War II serving on the Eastern Front campaigns and briefly commanded the 9th Army. On 4 May 1945, as the Allies approached during the closing days of World War II, von Vormann's last appointment was as commander of the largely non-existent Alpenfestung (Alpine Fortress). He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Vormann wrote two books documenting his war-time experiences: Der Feldzug 1939 in Polen and Tscherkassy. He died on 26 October 1959 in Berchtesgaden.



  • General der Panzertruppe (General of the Armored Corps) - 27 June 1944, with seniority date of 1 December 1943
  • Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General) - 1 July 1943
  • Generalmajor (Major General) - 1 January 1943
  • Oberst (Colonel) - 1 September 1940
  • Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel) - 1 August 1938
  • Major (Major) - c.1935
  • Hauptmann (Captain) - c.1932
  • Oberleutnant (First Lieutenant) - 1 February 1926, with seniority date of 1 April 1925
  • Leutnant (Second Lieutenant) - 29 January 1915, with seniority date of 18 January 1915
  • Kadett (Cadet) - Until 3 August 1914 when became war volunteer in the Royal Prussian Army
  • Awards and decorations

  • Wound Badge in Gold (for wounds received during World War I)
  • Iron Cross (1914)
  • 2nd Class
  • 1st Class
  • Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern (18 June 1915)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
  • 2nd Class (20 October 1939)
  • 1st Class (25 June 1940)
  • German Cross in Gold on 12 March 1942 as Oberst im Generalstab (in the General Staff) in the Generalkommando of the XXVIII. Armeekorps
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 22 August 1943 as Generalleutnant and commander of the 23. Panzer-Division
  • References

    Nikolaus von Vormann Wikipedia

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