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Here is what I have for Gempp, any additions (WW II decorations???) or corrections would be appreciated! Sorry, I couldn't find a picture of him.


Einjährig-Freiwilliger (1. April 1893)

Fahnenjunker (1. April 1894)

Fähnrich (16. Juni 1894)

Sekondeleutnant (27. Januar 1895)

... umbenannt in Leutnant (1. Januar 1899)

Oberleutnant (15. September 1904)

Hauptmann (19. Juni 1909)

Major (1. März 1915)

Oberstleutnant (18 Dezember 1920 mit Rangdienstalter vom 1. Oktober 1920)

Oberst (1. Dezember 1923);

Charakter als Generalmajor (30. Juni 1927)

Generalmajor z. V. (1. Februar 1941)


Zentenarmedaille, 1897

Roter Adlerorden, IV. Klasse mit der Krone

Medschidie-Orden, III. Klasse (TM3)

Militär-Verdienstorden (Bulgarien), Kommandeurkreuz (BO3)

Eisernes Kreuz (1914), II. und I. Klasse

Hamburgisches Hanseatenkreuz (HH)

Militärverdienstorden (Bayern), IV. Klasse mit Schwertern und der Krone (BMV4⚔mKr)

Albrechts-Orden, Ritterkreuz I. Klasse mit Krone und Schwertern (SA3a⚔Kr)

Eiserner Halbmond (TH)

Liakat-Medaille in Silber mit Säbeln (TL2⚔)

Orden vom Zähringer Löwen, Ritterkreuz I. Klasse mit Schwertern (BZ3a⚔)

Orden der Württembergischen Krone, Ritterkreuz (WK3⚔)

Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe (VK)

Militärverdienstkreuz (Österreich), III. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration (ÖM3K)

Königlicher Hausorden von Hohenzollern, Ritterkreuz mit Schwertern

Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz

Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer

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His career from the Oocities website (link)


Entered Army Service (01 Apr 1893)
One Year Volunteer in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Apr 1893-01 Apr 1894)
Fahnenjunker in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Apr 1894-01 Oct 1897)
Battalion-Adjutant in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1897-01 Oct 1900)
Court-Officer in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1900-19 Jun 1909)
Detached to the War Academy (01 Oct 1903-00 Jul 1906)
Detached to the Grand General Staff (22 Mar 1907-01 Oct 1908)
Hauptmann in the 171st Infantry-Regiment (19 Jun 1909-17 Sep 1909)
Company-Chief in the 171st Infantry-Regiment (17 Sep 1909-01 Oct 1913)
Detached to the Grand General Staff (19 Jul 1913-15 Aug 1913)
Assigned to the Grand General Staff and Detached to the General-Staff of the I. Army-Corps as Abwehr-Officer (01 Oct 1913-00 Aug 1914)
Abwehr-Officer in the General-Staff of the 8th Army (00 Aug 1914-00 May 1915)
Abwehr-Officer with the General-Staff of the Commander-in-Chief East (00 May 1915-00 Jan 1917)
Abwehr-Officer with the Staff of the Chief of the General Staff of the Field-Army (00 Jan 1917-01 Oct 1919)
In the RWM (01 Oct 1919-01 Apr 1927)
Director of the Defence-Department (Abwehr-Abteilung) in the RWM (01 Apr 1927-30 Jun 1927)
Retired (30 Jun 1927)
Placed to Disposal (Army) (26 Aug 1939)
In OKW/Office for Foreign Defence (Auslands-Abwehr) (26 Aug 1939-31 May 1943)
Retired (31 May 1943)

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