General Der Panzertruppen Dietrich Von Saucken
In 1910 at the age of eighteen, Dietrich von Saucken entered the Imperial Army as an officer cadet. After two years he was appointed Leutnant serving as a cavalry officer of the ‘Kaiser Wilhelm I’ Cavalry Regiment. Wounded seven times in the First World War von Saucken rose to the rank of Rittmeister (Captain). He remained with the army between the wars as a tactics teacher at the Hannover War School, achieving the rank of Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel) in 2. Reiterregiment (2nd Cavalry Regiment) of the 1st Cavalry Brigade.
Oberst von Saucken led 2. Reiterregiment throughout the fighting in Poland and France. In November 1940 he was posted to 4. Schützenbrigade (4th Rifle Brigade) of 4th Panzer Division until he took command of the division in December 1941. Promoted to Generalmajor (Major General) on 1 January 1942, von Saucken was severely wounded the next day. He returned to duty as commander of the Cavalry School in August 1942.
After promotion to Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General) in 1943, von Saucken returned to the front to command the 4th Panzer Division once again. For the next year, von Saucken’s division distinguished itself in a number of decisive engagements, culminating with the battle of Kovel.
Becoming known as a defensive and counter-
attack specialist, after halting numerous Red Army offensives, von Saucken gained the Oak Leaves and Swords to his Knight’s Cross.
Von Saucken’s mobile counterattack expertise was once again called upon during the Soviet summer offensive of 1944. He led Kampfgruppe von Saucken against Marshal Rotmistrov’s 5th Guards Tank Army. Though casualties were high, and while stopping the overwhelming force of the Soviet advance proved impossible, von Saucken’s blocking actions allowed many German units to escape westward, avoiding annihilation or capture.
An aristocratic officer, the monocle-wearing General von Saucken came from Prussian nobility and had little time for the Nazis political agenda.
He was one of the few high-ranking members of the Wehrmacht who was neither intimidated by Hitler’s intense ravings nor hypnotized by the charisma of the Führer.
In early 1945 when the Vistula front collapsed, von Saucken once more successfully smashed his way through the Russian lines and led his corps, consisting of the Grossdeutschland and Hermann Göring divisions, back to the Oder and safety. His last command was at the head of 2. Armee in Poland.
Dietrich von Saucken received the Diamonds for his Knight’s Cross on May 8, 1945, the last day of the war. When finally surrounded he refused a flight to safety and stayed with his troops, sending his wounded on the plane instead. After surrendering, the Soviets sentenced him to 25 years of
imprisonment and sent him to a Siberian work camp.
Von Saucken was returned to Germany in 1955 and settled in Munich. He passed away in 1980 at the age of 88.
The pack contains General Von Saucken, two bodyguards, a small base and a Sd Kfz 250 half-track.
In Flames Of War
General der Panzertruppen von Saucken is mounted in a Sd Kfz 250 half-track. He is a Warrior and a Higher Command SMG team rated as Fearless Veteran. Von Saucken may join a German company for +65 points.
Von Saucken was repeatedly called upon by Der Führer to prevent Soviet breakthroughs with thrown together forces. Von Saucken’s proven ability to organize and launch mobile counterattack became his forte, having demonstrated his tactical skill many times on the Eastern Front.
All platoons within Command Distance of von Saucken may reroll any failed Skill Tests to make Stormtrooper moves.
Von Saucken‘s keen tactical abilities and strong leadership skills provided his forces the opportunities to provide decisive force when needed to stop Soviet spearheads. Time and again, across the Eastern Front, von Saucken’s units managed to apply the right force at the right point in meeting Soviet advancing formations.
Each turn von Saucken may re-roll one die rolled to receive Reserves for his company.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter