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Hans-Jürgen von Arnim (German: [ˈaɐ̯niːm]; 4 April 1889 – 1 September 1962) was a German general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II who commanded several armies. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Hans-Jürgen von Arnim
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Born(1889-04-04)4 April 1889
Ernsdorf, Province of Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia in the German Empire
Died1 September 1962(1962-09-01) (aged 73)
Bad Wildungen, West Germany
Service/branchArmy (Wehrmacht)
Years of service1907–43
RankGeneraloberst (Wehrmacht) 8.svg Generaloberst
Commands held
Battles/warsWorld War I World War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross

World War IIEdit

Von Arnim joined the German Army in 1907 and took part in World War I. After the war, he remained in the Reichswehr and then the Wehrmacht. Arnim commanded the 52nd Infantry Division in both the Battles for Poland and France. In October 1940, Arnim was given command of the 17th Panzer Division.

Von Arnim took part in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, and on 1 October 1941, took command of XXXIX Panzer Corps until November 1942.

On 20 February 1943 he was appointed commander of the 5th Panzer Army under Erwin Rommel in North Africa, whom he replaced as commander of the Army Group Africa on the 10th March 1943. He surrendered to the British forces on 12 May 1943 as a consequence of the successful allied Operation Vulcan.[1]

Von Arnim was interned along with 24 other German general officers at Camp Clinton, Mississippi,[2] and was released on 1 July 1947.[3]

He died in 1962 in Bad Wildungen, West Germany.




  1. ^ I Was There! - How Von Arnim Surrendered at Last, The War Illustrated, June 11, 1943.
  2. ^ "German POW Camp in Clinton MS. Mostly Afrika Corps".
  3. ^ MacDonogh 2007, p. 410.
  4. ^ a b c d e Wegmann 2004, p. 22.
  5. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 194.


  • MacDonogh, Giles (2007). After the Reich. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-00337-2.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Wegmann, Günter (2004). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil VIIIa: Panzertruppe Band 1: A–E [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part VIIIa: Panzer Force Volume 1: A–E] (in German). Bissendorf, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2322-1.
Military offices
Preceded by
Generaloberst Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Commander of 52. Infanterie-Division
September 8, 1939 – October 5, 1940
Succeeded by
Generaloberst Lothar Rendulic
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppe Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma
Commander of 17. Panzer-Division
September 15, 1941 – November 11, 1941
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf-Eduard Licht
Preceded by
Generaloberst Rudolf Schmidt
Commander of XXXIX. Panzerkorps
November 11, 1941 – November 30, 1942
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Robert Martinek
Preceded by
Commander of 5th Panzer Army
December 8, 1943 - March 10, 1943
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppe Gustav von Vaerst
Preceded by
Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel
Commander of Heeresgruppe Afrika
March 10, 1943 – May 13, 1943
Succeeded by