Johannes Mayer

Johannes Mayer

Dr. rer. pol. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Mayer
Johannes Mayer
Born (1893-09-06)6 September 1893
Stepenitz, Province of Brandenburg
Died 7 August 1963(1963-08-07) (aged 69)
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 501
329. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Relations Gustav Schmidt (brother in law)
Other work Engineer

Dr. rer. pol. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Mayer[Notes 1] (6 September 1893 – 7 August 1963) was a German General of the Infantry, serving during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


  • Military career 1
  • Awards 2
    • Wehrmachtbericht references 2.1
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Military career

Mayer was born on 6 December 1893 in Stepenitz in the Province of Brandenburg, the son of a pastor. He attended the boarding school Pforta, where he graduated with his Abitur (diploma) as best of his class. He then started studying theology. With the outbreak of World War I he volunteered for military service and joined Infanterie-Regiment "Prinz Moritz von Anhalt-Dessau" Nr. 42. Throughout World War I he served with this regiment earning both classes the Iron Cross (Eisernes Kreuz).


Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
16 March 1944 In Kämpfen nordwestlich Newel hat sich die rheinisch-westfälische 329. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalleutnants Mayer besonders ausgezeichnet.[6] The Rhenish-Westphalian 329th infantry division under the leadership of Generalleutnant Mayer distinguished itself in combat northwest of Newel.
18 July 1944 Bei den Kämpfen an der Ostfront haben sich im Süden die fränkisch-sudentendeutsche 88. Infanterie-Division unter Führung von Generalmajor v. Rittberg und im Norden die rheinisch-westfälische 329. Infanterie-Division unter Führung des Generalleutnants Mayer durch besondere Härte und Zähigkeit wiederholt ausgezeichnet.[7] The Frankish- Sudeten German 88th infantry division under the command of Generalmajor von Rittberg in the northern sector of the eastern front and the Rhenish-Westphalian 329th infantry division under the leadership of Generalleutnant Mayer in the southern sector distinguished themselves by showing hardship and toughness.


  1. ^ In German a Doctorate of political economy is abbreviated as Dr. rer. pol. (Doctor rerum politicarum) and a Doctorate in engineering is abbreviated as Dr.-Ing. (Doctor-Ingenieur).


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 66.
  2. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 532.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 305.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 81.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 44.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 58.
  7. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 167.

External links

  • Johannes Mayer @ Historic
Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Bruno Hippler
Commander of 329th Infanterie-Division
22 March 1942 – 9 August 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Paul Winter
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Paul Winter
Commander of 329th Infanterie-Division
September, 1943 – 16 July 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor der Reserve Werner Schulze
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Hermann Foertsch
Commander of X. Armeekorps
21 December 1944 – 27 December 1944
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Siegfried Thomaschki
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Hasse
Commander of II. Armeekorps
15 January 1945 – 1 April 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Alfred Gause