Gustav-Adolf von Zangen General (1892 – 1964)

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Gustaf-Adolf von Zangen (midden) tijdens een bespreking met Albert Speer (rechts)
Gustaf-Adolf von Zangen (midden) tijdens een bespreking met Albert Speer (rechts)

Gustav-Adolf, von Zangen (7 November 1892 – 1 May 1964) was a German general and the commander of the German 15th Army in the Netherlands in 1944 during World War II.

Zangen was born in Darmstadt in the Grand Duchy of Hesse. He was a veteran of World War I, receiving the honour of the Iron Cross and reached the rank of first lieutenant by the end of the “Great War”. He had earlier in the war commanded 17th Infantry Division in Russia, a Corps in France in 1943 and an Army detachment in Italy before being appointed to command the 15th Army on the Western Front. Having occupied the Pas de Calais during the 1944 campaign in France, Zangen was forced to evacuate his army, together with remnants of other divisions, across the Scheldt to the island of Walcheren and South Beveland before deploying his force against the Allied advance into Holland. During the Ardennes offensive, his 15th Army was tasked with fixing the British and US forces north of the Bulge.

1938 – 1941 : Commanding Officer 88th Regiment
1941 – 1943 : General Officer Commanding 17th Division
1943 : General Officer Commanding LXXXIV Corps
1943 : General Officer Commanding LXXXVII Corps
1943 : General Officer Commanding Army Detachment von Zangen, Italy
1943 – 1944 :General Officer Commanding Lower Alps Zone, Italy
1944 : General Officer Commanding 15th Army, the Netherlands

He died in 1964 in Hanau.

foto: Gustaf-Adolf von Zangen (midden) tijdens een bespreking met Albert Speer (rechts). Door Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H28061 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5434073