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Hermann Niehoff

Hermann Niehoff

German general
The basics
Occupation Officer Military personnel
Country Germany
Date of birth Papenburg, Emsland, Lower Saxony, Germany
Date of death Nov 05, 1980 Riegsee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria
Awards German Cross in Gold, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Authority VIAF id ISNI id
The details

Hermann Niehoff (3 April 1897 – 5 November 1980) was a German general during World War II. Since 2 March 1945, he was the garrison commander of Fortress Breslau (Festung Breslau) during the Battle of Breslau, which he surrendered to the Soviet 6th Army on 6 May 1945.


  • Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (5 August 1916) & 1st Class (12 June 1918)
  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (26 June 1940) & 1st Class (7 July 1941)
  • Honour Roll Clasp of the Army (29 September 1941)
  • German Cross in Gold on 6 January 1942 as Oberstleutnant in Infanterie-Regiment 464
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
    • Knight's Cross on 15 June 1944 as Generalleutnant and commander of the 371. Infaterie-Division
    • 764th Oak Leaves on 5 March 1945 as Generalleutnant and commander of the 371. Infaterie-Division

Niehoff was nominated for Swords in 1945 as commander of Breslau. No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) only assumes that the Swords were awarded. According to Niehoff's testimony he was nominated by Gauleiter Karl Hanke.

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