Theodor Hans-Adalbert von Stockhausen

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Hans-Adalbert von Stockhausen
Theodor Hans-Adalbert von Stockhausen.jpg
Birth name Theodor Hans-Adalbert von Stockhausen
Birth date 8 May 1874
Place of birth Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire
Death date 10 May 1957 (aged 83)
Place of death Burg Trendelburg near Hofgeismar, Hesse, West Germany
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 1893–1913
Rank Generalmajor
Battles/wars World War I, World War II
Awards Iron Cross
Relations ∞ 1906 Eleonore Klothilde Helene Berta Marie Anna Amalie Ilse von Baumbach

Theodor Hans-Adalbert von Stockhausen (8 May 1874 – 10 May 1957) was a German officer of the Prussian Army, the Imperial German Army, the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht, finally Generalmajor and field commander in World War II as well as politician, farmer, landowner and lord of the manor.

Career (chronology)

Hans Gerrit von Stockhausen on home leave in Burg Trendelburg on 26 February 1941 telling his father and family about the last patrol (Feindfahrt)
Hotel Burg Trendelburg (2022)
  • Cadet (Kadettenschüler); belonged to the very best of his graduation class
  • 22.3.1893 Joined the 3. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 71 in Erfurt as 2nd Lieutenant
  • 1.10.1898 to 9.7.1900 Adjutant at the Sondershausen District Command (Adjutant beim Bezirks-Kommando Sondershausen)
  • 9.7.1900 Joined the 2. Ostasiatisches Infanterie-Regiment
  • 6.6.1901 Transferred to the 1. Ostasiatisches Infanterie-Regiment under Oberst Graf von Schlippenbach of the Ostasiatische Besatzungs-Brigade under Generalmajor von Rohrscheidt
  • 2.7.1903 After his return to Germany, transferred to the Infanterie-Regiment “Graf Bose” (1. Thüringisches) Nr. 31 in Altona near Hamburg
    • 1.10.1903 to 21.7.1906 at the same time commanded to the War Academy (Preußische Kriegsakademie)
  • 1.4.1907 to 24.3.1909 Commanded (kommandiert) to the Prussian Great General Staff (Großer Generalstab)
  • March 1909 Commander of the 7. Kompanie/Infanterie-Regiment “Graf Bose” (1. Thüringisches) Nr. 31
  • 23.3.1910 Commander of the 12. Kompanie/Infanterie-Regiment “Graf Bose” (1. Thüringisches) Nr. 31
  • 31.7.1913 Farewell approved
    • Takeover of his father's manor "Zur Abgunst" in Trendelburg (Übernahme des väterlichen Rittergutes “Zur Abgunst” in Trendelburg) after the father's death
  • 2.8.1914 Adjutant of the 43rd Mixed Landwehr Brigade (Adjutant der 43. gemischten Landwehr-Brigade) in WWI
  • 1916 1st Adjutant of the Military Government of Brussels and Brabant (1. Adjutant des Militär-Gouvernements Brüssel und Brabant)
  • 1919 Return to Trendelburg
  • 1928 to 1929, as successor to the deceased Richard Friedrich Weber, member of the Kurhessian municipal parliament of the Prussian administrative district of Kassel and of the provincial parliament of the Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau (Hessen-Nassau, 18. Provinziallandtag) for the district of Hofgeismar, there 1926 member of the state committee (as deputy)
    • The session log of 3 February 1926 noted his election as deputy (log of the 2nd plenary session of the 54th municipal parliament, column 23)
  • 1.10.1933 Commander of the Wehrbezirks-Kommando I, Kassel (as Oberst and supplemental officer or Ergänzungsoffizier of the Reichswehr)
  • 30.9.1935 Retired once again
  • 26.8.1939 Reactivated, commander of the Landesschützen-Regiment 1/IX in WWII
  • 16.3.1940 Commander of the Infanterie-Regiment 655 (renamed) in Lublin, later in Hesse
  • 8.8.1940 Commander of the Feldkommandantur 816 (FK 816)
    • Feldkommandantur 816 located at Arras situated in North of France attached to Militärbefehlshaber Belgien und Nordfrankreich
  • 5.9.1942 Führer-Reserve OKH
  • 1.12.1942 Mobilization order cancelled
  • 20.12.1942 zur Verfügung (at disposal) order cancelled


Hans-Adalbert was born the son of later Oberst (colonel) Ernst Emil Leopold Adalbert "Albert" von Stockhausen (b. 4 April 1836 in Heiligenstadt, Province of Saxony; d. 1913 in Trendelburg) and his wife (∞ 22 May 1869) Klara Georgine Elise Auguste, née Braun (b. 12 October 1848 in Hannover).

In the year of his birth, his father was the oldest Hauptmann (Captain) in the 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 109 in Karlsruhe, commanding the 3rd Company since the Franco-German War. He was also a veteran of the German Civil War in 1866 serving as a Hauptmann in the Füsilier‑Bataillon/1. Hanseatisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 75 (“First hanseatic infantry regiment No. 75”) in Stade as well as earning the Red Eagle Order, 4th Class with Swords, before that as a 1st Lieutenant in the Königs-Grenadier-Regiment (2. Westpreußisches) Nr. 7.

Father Adalbert, since 18 May 1876 Major, Charakter als Oberstleutnant on 6 December 1883 (commanded the II./Hauptkadettenanstalt Groß-Lichterfeld), since 19 September 1888 Oberst (commanding the Kadettenhaus Oranienstein), acquired Trendelburg Castle (lord of the manor) in the Diemel Valley in 1901 based on the old Hessian feudal rights and set it up as a residential castle. Thus, this part of the von Stockhausen family became Hessian. Hans-Adalbert had two older sisters (born 1870 and 1872), that is why he, as the only son, inherited castle and lands in 1913 after his father's death.

  • Dorothea Hermine Therese (3 April 1870 in Stade); ∞ Oranienstein, 29 June 1889 Major z. D. Hans Nippraschk
  • Theodore Charlotte Auguste Gertrud (b. 1 February 1872 in Karlsruhe); ∞ Trendelburg, 25 November 1909 widower Carl Johann Heinrich Müller (b. 27 December 1849 in Wesel; d. 19 June 1935 in Utrecht), wealthy Manufacturer in Utrecht; his first wife (∞ 26 June 1879), Adriana Wilhelmina de Groot, with whom he had eight children, had died on 14 June 1905.


On 3 October 1906 in Kassel, Oberleutnant von Stockhausen married his fiancée Eleonore Klothilde Helene Berta Marie Anna Amalie Ilse von Baumbach (b. 31 August 1886 in Kassel). They had five sons, two of whom died in WWII:[1]

  • Hans Gerrit Karl Adalbert Theodor (1907–1943), officer of the Kriegsmarine (U-Boot-Kommandant); married father of two
  • Hans Adalbert "Albert" Eugen August Theodor Karl Friedrich (1909–1942), art historian, Dr. phil. habil., art protection officer of the Wehrmacht ()
  • Hans Wilfried (b. 22 September 1914 in Trendelburg; d. 4 February 2011), officer of the Wehrmacht (Reiter-Regiment Cannstatt / Kavallerie-Regiment 18), shot in the head as a Hauptmann of a reconnaissance battalion during the Battle of Stalingrad, but survived. After study at university, he became a well-known author, journalist and Southeast Asia correspondent.
  • Hans Gottfried (b. 12 May 1920 in Trendelburg; 8 January 2010 in Remshalden-Buoch), Wehrmacht since 1939 (Artillerie-Regiment 23 in Potsdam), Oberleutnant, at the age of 21 he was run over in the trenches near Stalingrad, buried and yet saved, wounded five times and decorated, April 1944 British prisoner of war in Italy, from Tarrent to Egypt, POW camp near Alexandria, return to Germany in 1947, from 1947 to 1952 studied at the Stuttgart Art Academy for stained glass and mosaic (under Rudolf Yelin der Jüngere), 1968 lecturer, since 1 October 1971 professor in Stuttgart, internationally renowned with teaching positions in Pilchuck (Washington) and Edinburgh (Scotland); he had a son and a daughter (Hans Friedemann, b. 1 February 1945 in Karlshafen, and Lu-Cornelia, b 3. May 1948) in his first marriage with the painter Adele Anna Margarethe Lahusen (∞ 1944), and two sons in his second marriage with the painter Ada Isensee (∞ 1974). War decorations, but also Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Merit Cross I Class.
  • Hans-Ludwig (b. 12 May 1920 in Trendelburg; d. 9 June 1916 in Hofgeismar), twin of Hans Gottfried, Wehrmacht since 1939, Oberleutnant (1. Kavallerie-Division, later renamed 24. Panzer-Division), wounded during the Battle of Stalingrad, in soviet captivity until 1948/1949, later hotelier (e.g. manager of the "EUROPEAN CASTLE HOLIDAYS GmbH"); his obituary shows a picture of the "Christmas Madonna of Stalingrad".

Gallery (sons)


Deutscher Ordens-Almanach 1908, p. 1500:
At the very top the decorations for father Oberst a. D. Adalbert von Stockhausen, at the very bottom the decorations for then Oberleutnant Hans-Adalbert von Stockhausen
  • 22.03.1893 Sekonde-Lieutenant (2nd Lieutenant)
    • 1.1.1899 renamed Leutnant
  • 22.04.1902 Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
  • 24.3.1909 Hauptmann (Captain)
  • 27.01.1916 Charakter als Major
    • 4.7.1916 Patent als Major erhalten
  • 1.10.1933 Oberst (Ergänungsoffizier)
  • August 1939 Oberst z. V.
  • 1.9.1941 Generalmajor z. V.

Awards and decorations

Further reading

  • Hans-Ludwig von Stockhausen and Dieter Uffelmann: Trendelburg – Bilder aus vergangenen Tagen, Horb am Neckar 1995


  1. Gothaisches genealogisches Taschenbuch der briefadeligen Häuser (1911), p. 870
  2. Generalmajor z. V. Hans-Adalbert von Stockhausen
  3. Sachsen-Ernestinischen Hausorden und Medaillen der Herzöge, Staatsministerium Dep. I Loc. 11 Nr. 5 Vol. 122 S. 218 RS, 219, 222; Staatsministerium Dep. I Loc. 11 Nr. 69 S. 56; Staatsministerium Dep. I Loc. 11 Nr. 20 Vol. 15 Bl. 79