Hans Ernst Golden

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Hans Ernst Golden
Hans Ernst Golden, signature.jpg
Birth date 2 November 1895(1895-11-02)
Place of birth Düsseldorf, Rhine Province, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Death date 17 January 1946 (aged 50)
Place of death Allied-occupied Germany
Resting place Dürrheim
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 National Socialist Germany
Service/branch Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
War Ensign of the Reichswehr, 1919 - 1935.png Reichswehr
Balkenkreuz.jpg Heer
Years of service 1914–1920
Rank Oberst z. V. (Colonel at disposal)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Iron Cross
Relations ∞ 1923 Käthe Reerink

Hans Ernst Golden (2 November 1895 – 17 January 1946) was a German officer of the Imperial German Army, the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht, finally Colonel in WWII.


Oberst Hans Golden (1895-1946).JPG

On 15 August 1914, Golden joined the 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 77 as an officer candidate and served at the war front. After being wounded severely wounded and his rehabilitation, he was transferred to the Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 73 on 30 April 1916 and to the Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 232 on 15 January 1917. On 11 February 1917, he was entrusted with the leadership of the 12th company of the Reserve Infantry Regiment No. 232. He was transferred to the Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 89 on 28 September 1917. On 12 October 1917, he was appointed leader until he was wounded again on 21 March 1918.

On 10 January 1919, he transferred back to the 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 77. On 25 March 1919, he was commanded to the Celle Landwehr District (until 23 September 1919) as adjutant. On 30 March 1920, he was dismissed from active service. On 1 may 1924, he returned to the Reichswehr and served with the 6. (Preußische) Kraftfahr-Abteilung and as of 17 December 1924 with the 6. (Preußische) Sanitäts-Abteilung. In 1925, he was commanded to a weapons school course in Dresden and in 1930 to the automotive (motor vehicle) officer course in Berlin. In 1933, he was commanded to a tactical-technical officer course with the automotive training staff and then transferred to the 1. (Preußische) Kraftfahr-Abteilung. On 1 October 1934, he was appointed commander of the 2nd Company/Kraftfahr-Abteilung Allenstein. In 1935, he was transferred to the Anti-Tank Battalion 11.

On 1 May 1936, he was transferred to the War School in Dresden, where he would become a teacher and supervisory officer. On 10 November 1938, he became the commander of the Anti-Tank (Panzerabwehr) Battalion 5, on 1 October 1940 commander of the Anti-Tank Battalion (Panzerjäger) 125. In january 1942, he was transferred to the Army Control Inspectorate of the German Armistice Commission or WaStiKo (Commander of the Mediterranean Coast Control Delegation). In 1943, he served in France, in 1944, in Italy. On 25 August 1944, he was ultimatly placed in the Führerreserve (Leader Reserve), on 28 February 1945, he was placed at disposal and was not activated again.[1]


Hans Ernst was the son of Major General Ernst Carl Philipp Adam Thomas Golden (b. 5 January 1858) and his wife Elisabeth "Else" Ottilie, née Bender (1 February 1874 – 9 November 1925).


Hans Ernst Golden married his fiancée Käthe Reerink (b. 12 February 1902) on 10 August 1923. They had two daughters born 1925 and 1930.


Imperial German Army and Provisional Reichswehr

  • 15.8.1914 Fahnenjunker (Officer Candidate)
  • 7.2.1915 Fähnrich (Officer Cadet)
  • 2.6.1915 Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant) without Patent
    • later received Patent from 19.12.1915
  • 30.3.1920 Charakter als Oberleutnant a. D. (Honorary 1st Lieutenant, retired)


  • 1.5.1924 Leutnant with Rank Seniority (RDA) from 1.4.1918
  • 31.7.1925 Oberleutnant with Rank Seniority (RDA) from 1.4.1925
  • 1.2.1932 Hauptmann (Captain)


  • 1.3.1936 Major
  • 1.6.1939 Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel)
  • 1.2.1942 Oberst (Colonel)

Awards and decorations