|Nickname(s)||"Der kleine Haase" ('The Little Haase')|
|Born||29 August 1888|
Dresden, German Empire
|Died||25 January 1963 (aged 74)|
Hahnstätten, West Germany
|Years of service||1908–20|
|Commands held||164th Infantry Division|
365th Infantry Division
302nd Infantry Division
|Awards||German Cross in Silver |
War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords
Konrad Ludwig Benno Haase (29 August 1888 – 25 January 1963) was a German general during World War II.
Haase joined the Imperial German Army as an artillery officer cadet in 1908, gaining his commission as a second lieutenant a year later. The First World War brought promotion to captain and an Iron Cross 1st Class, but he was not one of the select few officers who were retained in the Weimar Republic’s new army, restricted to 100,000 men under the Treaty of Versailles’ terms. Haase became a police officer in 1919, becoming Dresden’s chief of police five years later.
He was recalled to Army service in Adolf Hitler’s new Wehrmacht in 1935 as a regimental commander. In late 1939, Haase was assigned to command 164th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht) while it was being formed in Germany. He was given command of the short-lived 365th Division in late 1940 for Polish occupation duties, by which time he had been promoted to Generalmajor. He was consequently recommended for another divisional command. On 12 November 1940, he transferred to 302nd Infantry Division to serve as its commanding officer during its creation in north eastern Germany. He received his final promotion to Generalleutnant on New Year’s Day 1942, and was simultaneously awarded the War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords.
After his success in defeating Operation Jubilee during the Dieppe raid, Haase was congratulated in person by OB West, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt and awarded a clasp to his Iron Cross 1st Class. When 302nd Division was upgraded and moved to the Eastern front, Haase was removed from command and spent the rest of the war in staff positions in the Soviet Union, France and Italy. He was taken prisoner at the end of the war and was released in 1947. He died in 1963 in West Germany.
- Tessin, Georg (1974). Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 9). Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag. p. 74.
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