Günter Schwartzkopff

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Günter Schwartzkopff
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Günter Schwartzkopff
Born 5 August 1898
Forbach (Posen), German Empire
Died 14 May 1940(1940-05-14) (aged 41)
Le Chesne
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1914–1916)
Luftstreitkräfte (1916–1918)
Reichswehr (1918–1933)
Luftwaffe (1933–1940)
Years of service 1914–1940
Rank Generalmajor (Posthumously)
Commands held IV. (Stuka)Gruppe/LG 1
Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Günter Schwartzkopff (5 August 1898 – 14 May 1940) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Günter Schwartzkopff was killed on 14 May 1940 after his Junkers Ju 87 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. He was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 24 November 1940 and later promoted to Generalmajor.

The Air Force School of the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces) in Hamburg was named General Schwartzkopff barracks in April 1965. The school was renamed in June 1994 to Lieutenant General Graf von Baudissin barracks. A lecture hall was named after him instead.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Schwartzkopff behält seine Ecke". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 321.
Bibliography
  • Brütting, Georg (1995). Das waren die deutschen Stuka-Asse 1939 – 1945 [These were the German Stuka Aces 1939 – 1945] (in German). Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch. ISBN 978-3-87943-433-6. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe 1941 – 1945 Volume II Dive Bomber and Attack Aircraft] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-021-3. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Hans-Hugo Witt
Gruppenkommandeur of IV. (Stuka)Gruppe/LG 1
1 November 1938 – 1 June 1939
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Peter Kögl
Preceded by
None
Geschwaderkommodore of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
1 May 1939 – 1 May 1940
Succeeded by
Major Clemens Graf von Schönborn-Wiesentheid