Johannes von Hahn

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Johannes von Hahn
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Birth name August Ludwig Oskar Johannes Hahn
Birth date 27 March 1862(1862-03-27)
Place of birth Erfurt, Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Prussian Saxony, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Death date 6 February 1945 (aged 82)
Allegiance  German Empire
Service/branch War and service flag of Prussia (1895–1918).png Prussian Army
Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
Years of service 1880–1918
Rank Generalleutnant
Battles/wars World War I
Relations ∞ 1888 Luise Karoline Margarete Wulff; 3 children

August Ludwig Oskar Johannes Hahn, since 23. October 1907 von Hahn (27 March 1862 – 6 February 1945), was a German officer of the Prussian Army and the Imperial German Army, finally Generaleutnant z. D. (Lieutenant-General at disposal) in WWI.


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Kaiser Wilhelm II as King of Prussia – a patent of nobility for Johannes von Hahn, Oberstleutnant in the staff of the Infantry Regiment Hamburg (2nd Hanseatic) No. 76, dated 1907.jpeg

Cadet Hahn visted the Preußische Hauptkadettenanstalt in Groß-Lichterfelde near Berlin and was transferred the Prussian Army. He was commissioned 1880 in the 4th Company/2. Großherzoglich Hessisches Infanterie-Regiment (Großherzog) Nr. 16, which was later (1891) known as the Infanterie-Regiment „Kaiser Wilhelm“ (2. Großherzoglich Hessisches) Nr. 116. In 1886, he served in the 12th Company, as 1st Lieutenant he became adjutant of the Regiment (Regimentsadjutant). On 28 August 1894, he became commander of the 7th Company/Leib-Grenadier-Regiment „König Friedrich Wilhelm III.“ (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr. 8. On 20 May 1897, he was assigned to the Prussian War Ministry (3. Aufstellungs-Abteilung, C3; later renamed 2. Versorgungs-Abteilung, C2).

In 1903, Major Hahn was commander of the III. Bataillon/6. Badisches Infanterie-Regiment „Kaiser Friedrich III.“ Nr. 114 in Konstanz. In 1906, he was transferred in the staff of the Infanterie-Regiment „Hamburg“ (2. Hanseatisches) Nr. 76 under Colonel Otto von Ramdohr. He assumed command of the Infanterie-Regiment „von Courbière“ (2. Posensches) Nr. 19 in Görlitz on 24 March 1909 with promotion to Oberst on 20 April 1909. he moved on to the command of the Infanterie-Regiment „Graf Schwerin“ (3. Pommersches) Nr. 14 in Bromberg on 21 February 1911 until appointment as commander of th 87. Infanterie-Brigade on 19 November 1912. During WWI, he was commander of the 35. Division (Thorn) from 25 November 1914 until 20/21 January 1918, which fought on the Eastern and Western Front.

He was a member of the of the DNVP (German National People's Party) after WWI. In 1926, he was living in Berlin at Viktoria-Luise-Platz 6 (Schöneberg).


Johannes was the son of Friedrich Wilhelm Oskar Hahn (1831–1898)[1] from Breslau and his wife Helene Elise Malotki von Trzebiatowski (b. 2 October 1838 or 1839 in Havelberg, in Saxony-Anhalt; d. 10 July 1924 in Marienfließ, Brandenburg). His father was a Lutheran Jurist, politician, a senior governing councillor (Oberregierungsrat) in the Higher Administrative Court, and from 1886 to 1893 member of the German Reichstag. His paternal grandfather was the mathematician and high school (Gymnasium zu St. Maria Magdalena) teacher in Breslau as well as teacher at the Royal Building School (Königliche Bauschule) Prof. Dr. phil. Eduard Moritz Hahn (1787–1841) from Glogau. His maternal grandfather was Lieutenant-General Gustav August Wilhelm Malotki von Trzebiatowski (1808–1873) from Klein-Böhlkow near Danzig.


Johannes Hahn married in Berlin on 29 Decebmer 1888 his fiancée Luise Karoline Margarete Wulff (b. 31 May 1867 in Eberswalde). They had three children:

  • Hans Oskar Ludwig (b. 15 October 1890 in Gießen), officer
    • Lieutenant (Leutnant) in the 4. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß , fell () on 3 March 1915 during the First Battle of Champagne near Ripont in WWI
  • Friedhelm Kurt Georg (b. 6 October 1897 in Berlin), officer, Dr. jur.
    • Lieutenant (Leutnant) in the Husaren-Regiment „Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt“ (Pommersches) Nr. 5 during WWI, studied law afterwards, became a member of the NSDAP, was governing council (Regierungsrat) with the Versorgungsamt (pension office) Chemnitz as part of the State Chancellery (Staatskanzlei); ousted by the communists on 29 May 1945; his further fate is unknown.
  • Donata Ruth Hedwig (b. 22 November 1902 in Berlin)


  • Secondlieutenant (2nd Lieutenant): 17 April 1880
  • Premierlieutenant (1st Lieutenant): 16 April 1889
  • Hauptmann (Captain): 18 November 1893
  • Major: 27 January 1900
  • Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-Colonel): 10 April 1906
  • Oberst (Colonel): 20 April 1909
  • Generalmajor: 19 November 1912
  • Generalleutnant: 6 June 1916

Awards and decorations

  • Hesse Order of Merit of Philip the Magnanimous (Verdienstorden Philipps des Großmütigen), Knight 2nd Class (GHVP3b/HP3b)
    • according to ranking list 1894 Swords for the Knight's Cross II. Class received (GHVP3b⚔/HP3b⚔)
  • Prussian Centenary Medal 1897 (Zentenarmedaille)
  • Red Eagle Order, 4th Class
  • Saxon Albrechts-Orden, Knight 1st Class (SA3a)
  • China Commemorative Medal (China-Denkmünze) in Steel for non-combatants
  • House Order of Albert the Bear, Commander II. Class (AB2b)
  • Prussian Order of the Crown (Preußischer Kronenorden), III. Klasse
  • Württemberg Order of the Crown, Knight's Cross (WK3)
  • Baden Order of the Zähringer Lion (Orden vom Zähringer Löwen), Knight's Cross 1st Class (BZ3a)
  • Prussian Long Service Cross for 25 years (Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz)
  • Austrian Order of the Iron Crown, Knight II. Class (ÖEK2)
  • Red Eagle Order, 3rd Class with the Bow (mit der Schleife)
  • Swedish Royal Order of the Sword, Commander II. Class (SS2b) on 29 August 1911
  • Order of the Red Eagle, 2nd Class with Swords, Oakleaves and Crown
    • 2nd Class with Oakleaves and Swords on 26 August 1915
    • Crown to 2nd Class with Oakleaves and Swords on 18 July 1918
  • Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 with Swords