Heinrich Strack (General)

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Heinrich Strack
The later Generalleutnant Heinrich Strack (Kommandeur des Infanterie-Regiments 46).jpg
The later Generalleutnant Heinrich Strack
as commander of the Infanterie-Regiment 46
Birth date 13 September 1887(1887-09-13)
Place of birth Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire
Death date 12 October 1943 (aged 56)
Place of death Schwarzach im Pongau, Alpen- und Donau-Reichsgaue, German Reich
Resting place Invalidenfriedhof Berlin (since 18 October 1943)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 National Socialist Germany
Service/branch War and service flag of Prussia (1895–1918).png Prussian Army
Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
War Ensign of Germany (1921–1933).png Reichswehr
Balkenkreuz.jpg Heer
Years of service 1906–1943
Rank Generalleutnant
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Iron Cross
Pour le Mérite
War Merit Cross

Heinrich Strack (13 September 1887 – 12 October 1943) was a German officer since 1906, finally Generalleutnant of the Heer of the Wehrmacht in World War II.

Military career (day, month, year)

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Heinrich Strack I.jpg
Heinrich Strack, Traueranzeige, General-Anzeiger (22.10.1943, S. 5).png
  • Cadet school in Naumburg and Berlin-Großlichterfelde
    • he finished as one of the best of his class and was therefore taken over as Leutnant and not officer candidate
  • 22.3.1906 11. Kompanie/1. Ermländisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 150 in Allenstein/Ostpreußen
  • 1.4.1912 Adjutant in the II. Bataillon/1. Ermländisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 150
  • 15.11.1914 Wounded at the front, military hospital
  • 1.5.1915 Regiments-Adjutant of the 2. Ermländisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 151 in Sensburg/Ostpreußen
  • 1.1.1916 Company Commander in the 1. Ermländisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 150
  • 1.5.1917 Leader (Führer) of the I. Bataillon/Infanterie-Regiment „General-Feldmarschall von Hindenburg“ (2. Masurisches) Nr. 147/37. Infanterie-Division
  • 30.10.1918 Pour le Mérite as Hauptmann and Batailloskommandeur
    • The award was for the defensive battle in Champagne and on the Meuse. From 27 to 30 September 1918, Hauptmann Strack and his battalion were able to repel 12 tank attacks by far superior enemy forces, regain lost parts of his position in a dashing, powerful counterattack and throw the enemy back beyond his starting position.
  • 1.2.1919 z. V. (zur Verfügung = at disposal)


  • 1.10.1919 Reichswehr-Infanterie-Regiment „General-Feldmarschall von Hindenburg“ Nr. 39 of the Reichswehr-Brigade 20 in Allenstein (Vorläufige Reichswehr)
  • 1.10.1920 Kompaniechef im 2. (Preußischen) Infanterie-Regiment, Allenstein
  • 1.10.1925 Staff officer/I. Bataillon/2. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment in Allenstein
  • 1.4.1928 Staff officer/Kommandantur Berlin
  • 1.11.1930 Commander of the I. Bataillon/8. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment
  • 1.8.1933 Staff officer/8. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment
  • 1.10.1934 Commander of the Infanterie-Regiment Neumünster


  • 15.10.1935 Commander of the Infanterie-Regiment 46 (renamed) in Neumünster
  • 1.4.1938 Commander of the Heeres-Waffenmeister-Schule I in Berlin-Treptow (other sources state since 1937)
  • 1.9.1939 Kommandant of Danzig


In the autumn of 1943, the unmarried Generalleutnant Strack fell severly ill and was transferred to a Lazarett (military hospital) in Schwarzach, which was in the Kardinal Schwarzenberg’sche Krankenhaus since 1942. It was here that he died. He was then trasferred to Berlin and buried with military honours on 18 December 1943 at the Invalids' Cemetery, the traditional resting place of the Prussian Army.


Heinrich was the son of bank director Ernst Strack and his wife Auguste née Willeforth/Willesford. His younger brother was Generalmajor Ernst Martin Karl Strack (1891–1973).


  • 22.3.1906 Leutnant without Patent (2nt Lieutenant)
    • 22.6.1906 Patent received
  • 8.11.1914 Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
  • 18.12.1915 Hauptmann (Captain)
  • 1.2.1929 Major
  • 1.4.1933 Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel)
  • 1.4.1935 Oberst (Colonel)
  • 1.8.1938 Generalmajor
  • 27.8.1939 Charakter als Generalleutnant (Honorary Lieutenant General)
  • 1.9.1941 Generalleutnant

Awards and decorations


Between wars


  • War Merit Cross, 2nd and 1st Class with Swords
    • 2nd Class on 30 July 1941
    • 1st Class on 1 September 1942