Hermann Flörke

Hermann Flörke

Hermann Flörke
Born (1893-10-23)23 October 1893
Died 19 August 1979(1979-08-19) (aged 85)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–20
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 31. Infanterie-Division
14. Infanterie-Division
LXVI. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hermann Flörke (23 October 1893 – 19 August 1979) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 14th Infantry Division. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hermann Flörke was captured by American forces on 21 April 1945 and was held until June 1947.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
19 November 1943 An der erfolgreichen Abwehr des feindlichen Ansturms westlich und nordwestlich Smolensk haben das II. Bataillon des Grenadierregiments (mot.) 119 unter Führung von Major Nagengast, die sächsische 14. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalmajor Flörke und die ostpreußische 206. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalleutnant Hitter hervorragenden Anteil.[4] In the successful defense of the enemy onslaught west and northwest of Smolensk, the 2nd Battalion of the 119th Grenadier Regiment (mot.) under the leadership of Major Nagengast, the Saxon 14th Infantry Division under the command of Major General Flörke, and the East Prussian 206th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Hitter had a prominent contribution.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 171.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 153.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 74.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 609.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Kurt Pflieger
Commander of 31. Infanterie-Division
1 April 1943 – 15 May 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich Hoßbach
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf Holste
Commander of 14. Infanterie-Division
15 May 1943 – 15 December 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Erich Schneider
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Walther Lucht
Commander of LXVI. Armeekorps
March 1945 – April 1945
Succeeded by