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Heinz Hax

Full name: Heinrich-Georg "Heinz" Hax
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Born: January 24, 1900 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: September 1, 1969 in Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Shooting, Modern Pentathlon

Related Olympians: Son of Georg Hax.

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Heinrich-Georg “Heinz” Hax, the son of Olympian Georg Hax, joined the German Reichswehr (Garde-Füsilier-Regiment) in 1918 in Berlin, becoming a Senior Lieutenant in 1927. He participated in the Olympic Games for the first time in 1928 in Modern Pentathlon, competing in shooting in 1932 and 1936, winning silver medals in rapid-fire pistol both times. After being promoted to Captain in 1934, he was named Chief Commander of the 71st Infantry Regiment in 1938. Hax was soon promoted to Major and then in 1939 became a Lieutenant-Colonel. During World War II he took part in the Polish Campaign, where he earned two Iron Crosses, and in the Western campaign was engaged as a General Staff Officer. In 1942 he was named a Colonel, and in 1943 he became Chief of General Staff for the 16th Panzer Corps. On 4 May 1944 Hax was nominated as commander of the 111th Panzer-Grenadier Regiment of the 11th Panzer Division, relinquishing that post in November of that year. In January 1945 he took over the command of the 8th Panzer Division, with whom he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. Hax became a Major General on 1 April 1945, as commander of the 8th Panzer Division, and later that month he received the Knight’s cross with Oak Leaves. On 9 May 1945 Heinz Hax surrendered to the American troops in Plzeň and was handed over to the Soviet Union Red Army. He was sentenced to 25 years compulsory labor and was a prisoner-of-war up to October 1955, when German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer negotiated the release of many of the German POWs. In 1956, Hax returned to the Army, joining the German Bundeswehr, with the rank of Brigadier General, as Commander of the 3rd Panzer Division in Buxtehude. He retired in 1961 with the rank of Major General as Deputy Commanding General of the 3rd Army Corps in Koblenz.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Modern Pentathlon Men's Individual Germany GER 5
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Shooting Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Shooting Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O TH PTS T PS
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Modern Pentathlon Germany Final Standings 5 59
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Modern Pentathlon Germany Shooting 1 20 196
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Modern Pentathlon Germany Swimming 15 5:50.8
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Modern Pentathlon Germany Running 20 15:40.0
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Modern Pentathlon Germany Riding 2 8:09.4 100

Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R1(8)P R2(6)P R3(4)P R4(3)P
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Shooting Germany GER Final Standings 40 18 6 6 6 4
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Shooting Germany GER Final Standings 18 6 6 5