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Hermann Breith

German general
The basics
Occupation Military personnel
Country Germany
Date of birth Pirmasens
Date of death Sep 03, 1964 Pech
Authority VIAF id
The details

Hermann Albert Breith (7 May 1892 – 3 September 1964) was a German general (General der Panzertruppe) in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, awarded by Nazi Germany to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Breith commanded the III Army Corps.


  • Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (10 September 1914) & 1st Class (30 July 1916)
  • Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords (28 October 1918)
  • Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg (16 April 1917)
  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 1st Class (2 October 1936)
  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (23 September 1939) & 1st Class (2 October 1939)
  • Wound Badge in Black (1 June 1940)
  • Panzer Badge in Silver (20 May 1940)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
    • Knight's Cross on 3 June 1940 as Oberst and commander of the 5. Panzer-Brigade
    • 69th Oak Leaves on 31 January 1942 as Generalmajor and commander of the 3. Panzer-Division
    • 48th Swords on 21 February 1944 as General der Panzertruppe and commanding general of the III. Panzer-Korps
  • Mentioned four times in the Wehrmachtbericht (31 January 1942, 20 February 1944, 9 September 1944 and 30 October 1944)

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