(Photo courtesy of Gareth Collins)

Generaloberst Kurt Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord
Born: 26 Sep 1878 in Hinrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Died: 24 Apr 1943 in Berlin-Dahlem
Promotions:
Leutnant (15 Mar 1898); Oberleutnant (10 Sep 1908); Hauptmann (22 Mar 1913); Major (18 Aug 1917); Oberstleutnant (01 Oct 1920); Oberst (01 May 1925); Generalmajor (23 Jan 1929); Generalleutnant übersprungen; General der Infanterie (01 Nov 1930); Generaloberst (31 Jan 1934); Generaloberst z.V. (10 Sep 1939)
Career:
Entered Army Service (15 Mar 1898)
Leutnant in the 3rd Foot Guards-Regiment (15 Mar 1898-22 Mar 1913)
Detached to the War Academy (01 Oct 1907-00 Jul 1910)
Detached to the Grand General Staff (20 Mar 1911-01 Apr 1911)
Hauptmann in the Grans General Staff (22 Mar 1913-01 Oct 1913)
Senior-Quartermaster-Adjutant in the Grans General Staff (01 Oct 1913-01 Aug 1914)
Company-Chief in an Infantry-Regiment (01 Aug 1914-1915)
Chief of Operations (Ia) in the General-Staff of VIII. Reserve-Corps (1915-1918)
Chief of Operations (Ia) in the General-Staff of Special-Purpose-General-Command 65 (1918-10 Jan 1919)
In the General-Staff of Corps Lüttwitz (10 Jan 1919-01 Oct 1919)
With the Staff of Group-Command 1 (01 Oct 1919-18 May 1920)
Chief of Staff of Group-Command 2 (18 May 1920-01 Nov 1922)
Commander of III. Battalion of the 12th Infantry-Regiment (01 Nov 1922-01 Apr 1924)
Chief of Staff of 3rd Division (01 Apr 1924-01 Jul 1929)
Chief of Staff of Group-Command 1, Berlin (01 Jul 1929-01 Oct 1929)
Chief of the Troop-Office, RWM (01 Oct 1929-01 Nov 1930)
Chief of Army Command (01 Nov 1930-31 Jan 1934)
Retired (mit der Erlaubnis zum Tragen der Uniform des Generalstabes) (31 Jan 1934)
Planned as Commander-in-Chief of 4th Army with Fall Rot-Grün (Operational Plan against France & Czechoslovakia, Sudetenland (1938)
Placed to Disposal (Army) (10 Sep 1939)
Commander-in-Chief of Army-Group A (Westwall) (10 Sep 1939-21 Sep 1939)
Died (24 Apr 1943)

Decorations & Awards:
- RK des Kgl. Preuss. Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern
- 1914 EK I
- 1914 EK II
- Kgl. Bayer. Militär-Verdienstorden IV. Klasse mit Schwertern
- RK I. Klasse des Kgl. Sächs. Albrechts-Ordens mit Schwertern
- Grossherzoglich Mecklenburgisch-Strelitzsches Verdienstkreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege II. und I. Klasse
- Grossherzoglich Mecklenburg-Schwerinsches Militär-Verdienstkreuz II. Klasse
- Grossherzoglich Mecklenburg-Schwerinsches Militär-Verdienstkreuz I. Klasse
- Lübeckisches Hanseatenkreuz
- k.u.k. Österr. Militär-Verdienstkreuz III. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration
- Ehrenritter des Kgl. Preuss. Johanniter-Ordens
- Kgl. Preuss. Dienstauszeichnungskreuz


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