Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz

Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz (26 January 1891 – 17 December 1978) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.

Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz
Born26 January 1891
Died17 December 1978(1978-12-17) (aged 87)
Allegiance German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Commands held32. Infanterie-Division
7. Infanterie-Division
XXVII. Armeekorps
384. Infanterie-Division
404. Infanterie-Division
232. Infanterie-Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross


During the German retreat during the Battle of Moscow, he commanded the XXVII. Armeekorps and was relieved of duty after repeated refusals to enforce Hitler's standfast orders.[1]

As commander of the 384th Infantry Division, he was flown out of the Stalingrad pocket in December 1942, shortly before the division's surrender. A contemporary Soviet press report described him as having liked his peacetime comforts, such as requiring a nap on a soft bed after every dinner. Gablenz went on to hold command on the Italian front, commanding the defense of Monte Castello in 1944.

Awards and decorationsEdit



  1. ^ "HyperWar: Moscow To Stalingrad: Decision In The East". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 158.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
  • The Advertiser, Adelaide, Jan 16, 1943, p. 1. "Nazi Leaders Outguessed"
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Franz Böhme
Commander of 32. Infanterie-Division
1 October 1939 – 1 December 1939
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Franz Böhme
Preceded by
Commander of 7. Infanterie-Division
1 December 1939 – 13 December 1941
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hans Jordan
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Alfred Wäger
Commander of XXVII. Armeekorps
24 December 1941 – 3 January 1942
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Joachim Witthöft
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Kurt Hoffman
Commander of 384. Infanterie-Division
13 February 1942 – 16 January 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hans Dorr