Helmut Thumm

Helmut Thumm

Helmut Thumm
Born 25 August 1895
Died 13 July 1977(1977-07-13) (aged 81)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment 56
Jäger-Regiment 56
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Helmut Thumm (25 August 1895 – 13 July 1977) was a German general of infantry, serving during World War II. Born in Ravensburg, Thumm entered service in World War I on August 8, 1914, and earned his commission as a Leutnant on August 2, 1915 in the 125th Infantry Regiment.

Thumm was promoted to Oberst in October 1941, Generalmajor in March 1943, Generalleutnant in September 1943, and General der Infanterie in January 1945.

Thumm commanding the following formations:

I. Bataillon, 75. Infanterie-Regiment on October 1, 1938
56. Jäger-Regiment on June 13, 1940
5th Jäger Division on January 4, 1943
LXIV. Armeekorps on November 1, 1944

After pulling Hitler Youth teenagers out of the front lines against orders from above, he was relieved of his command of the LXIV. Armeekorps on January 20, 1945. Captured at the end of the war, Thumm spent some two and half years in an Allied POW camp. Thumm died in 1977 in Welzheim.


Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Sunday, 5 July 1941 In den Kämpfen im Osten zeichneten sich Oberst Buck und Oberstleutnant Thumm, Kommandeure von Infanterieregimentern sowie die Oberleutnante Pelikan in einer Sturmgeschützabteilung, Heine in einer Radfahrkompanie und Xanke in einem Infanterieregiment durch besondere Tapferkeit aus.[3] In the battles in the east Oberst Albert Buck and Oberstleutnant Thumm, commanders of infantry regiments as well as Oberleutnante Pelikan in a Sturmgeschützabteilung, Heine of a Radfahrkompanie and Xanke in an infantry regiment distinguished themselves through exceptional bravery.


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 422.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 64.
  3. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 1, p. 607

External links

  • Helmut Thumm @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Military offices
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Otto Lasch
Commander of LXIV. Armeekorps
1 November 1944 – 15 January 1945
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Friedrich-Wilhelm Hauck