Otto von Knobelsdorff


Otto von Knobelsdorff
Otto von Knobelsdorff
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Otto von Knobelsdorff
Born 31 March 1886(1886-03-31)
Berlin
Died 21 October 1966(1966-10-21) (aged 80)
Hannover
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1905-1945
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 19. Panzer Division
X. Armeekorps
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Heinrich Otto Ernst von Knobelsdorff (31 March 1886 – 21 October 1966) was a German general who commanded armored Panzer units and served during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Awards

  • Ehrenritter (Knight of Honor) of the Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg)
  • Austria-Hungary: Military Merit Cross, 3rd Class with War Decoration and Swords
  • Saxon Duchies: Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order, Knight 2nd Class with Swords
  • Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Order of the White Falcon, Knight 2nd Class with Swords
  • Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Wilhelm Ernst War Cross
  • Lippe-Detmold: War Merit Cross
  • Panzer Badge in Silver
  • Wound Badge in Black
  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st class
  • German Cross in Gold on 16 February 1943 as General der Panzertruppe in the XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps[1]
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
    • Knight's Cross on 17 September 1941 as Generalleutnant and commander of the 19. Panzer-Division[2]
    • 322nd Oak Leaves on 12 November 1943 as General der Panzertruppe and commanding general of the XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps[2]
    • 100th Swords on 21 September 1944 as General der Panzertruppe and commanding general of the XXXX. Panzerkorps[2]

References

Citations
  1. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 238.
  2. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 453.
Bibliography
  • Berger, Florian (2000). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges (in German). Wien, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 3-9501307-0-5.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2004). Eichenlaubträger 1940 - 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe II Ihlefeld - Primozic (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 3-932381-21-1.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Günther Schwantes
Commander of 19. Infanterie-Division
1 February 1940 – 1 November 1940
Succeeded by
redesignated 19. Panzer-Division
Preceded by
19. Infanterie-Division
Commander of 19. Panzer-Division
1 November 1940 – 5 January 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Gustav Schmidt
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Heinrich Eberbach
Commander of XLVIII. Panzerkorps
30 November 1942 – 6 May 1943
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Dietrich von Choltitz
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Dietrich von Choltitz
Commander of XLVIII. Panzerkorps
30 August 1943 – 30 September 1943
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Dietrich von Choltitz
Preceded by
General Kurt von der Chevallerie
Commander of 1. Armee
6 September 1944 – 29 November 1944
Succeeded by
General Hans von Obstfelder

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