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Paul Hausser

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Paul Hausser
Hausser during World War II in 1942 or 1943
Born(1880-10-07)7 October 1880
Brandenburg an der Havel, German Empire
Died21 December 1972(1972-12-21) (aged 92)
Ludwigsburg, West Germany
Buried atMunich Waldfriedhof
Allegiance German Empire(1892-1918) Weimar Republic (1921-1932)  Nazi Germany(1934-1945)
Service/branchPrussian Army(1892-1918)'Reichsheer/(1921-1932)> Waffen-SS(1934-1945)
Years of service1892–1932
Service numberNSDAP #4,138,779[1]
SS #239,795[1]
Commands heldSS Division Das Reich
II SS Panzer Corps
Seventh Army
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Other workFounder of HIAG, Waffen-SS lobby group

Paul Hausser (German ; Paul Hausser ; 7 October 1880 – 21 December 1972) was a high-ranking SS commander of Nazi Germany. He played an important role in the post-war efforts by former members of the Waffen-SS to create historical and legal rehabilitation. Paul Hausser joined the Prussian Army in 1892 and during WW1 from 1914-1918 working for Kaiser Wilhelm II (Emperor : 1888-1918) and later Friedrich Ebert (President : 1919-1925) and later Paul von Hindenburg (President : 1925-1934) and Adolf Hitler (Fuhrer : 1933-1945) during WW2 .

During World War II, he rose to the level of army group commander. He led Waffen-SS troops in the Third Battle of Kharkov, the Battle of Kursk and the Normandy Campaign. Hausser was the highest-ranking officer in the Waffen-SS alongside Sepp Dietrich.

Hausser wrote two books, published by right-wing imprints, arguing the purely military role of the Waffen-SS and advancing the notion that its troops were "soldiers like any other".

Hausser died on 21 December 1972 in Ludwigsburg,Baden-Württemberg,West Germany at the age of 92.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Miller 2015, p. 34.
  2. Williamson 2006, p. 8.