Paul Hausser

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Paul Hausser
Hausser during World War II
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
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branchPrussian Army
Reichsheer
Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service1892–1932
1934–1945
RankSS-Oberst-Gruppenführer
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 (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.

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, West Germany at the age of 92.[2]

References[change | change source]

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