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Valentin Feurstein

Valentin Feurstein (1 January 1885 – 8 June 1970) was an Austrian military officer who served in the Austrian and German armies.

Valentin Feurstein
Born18 January 1885 (1885-01-18)
Bregenz, Austria-Hungary
Died8 June 1970 (1970-06-09) (aged 85)
Innsbruck, Austria
Allegiance Austria-Hungary (to 1918)
 Austria (to 1938)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branchArmy (Wehrmacht)
Years of service1907–45
RankGeneral der Gebirgstruppe
Commands held2nd Mountain Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Feurstein joined the Austro-Hungarian Army in 1907, he served in World War I and in the Austrian Bundesheer in the 1930s. He was commander of 3rd Division (stationed in St. Pölten). After the Anschluss and the incorporation of the Bundesheer into it, Feurstein served as a general in the Wehrmacht.[1]

He commanded the 2nd Mountain Division during Fall Weiss and during the Norwegian Campaign. In 1941 he was promoted to full general of mountain troops (Gen.d.Geb.Tr.). He also served on the Italian front in 1943.[1]

Feurstein was city commander of Bregenz in 1945 and tried to declare Bregenz a non-combat zone.

Valentin Feurstein died on 8 June 1970.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939-1945 (in German). Ranis/Jena: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. p. 306. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 2. Gebirgs-Division
1 March 1938 – 4 March 1941
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Ernst Schlemmer

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