Heinrich Burchard

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Dipl.-Ing. Heinrich Burchard
Born 5 October 1894
Died 11 April 1945(1945-04-11) (aged 50)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1914–1918)
Reichswehr (1918–1933)
Heer (1933-1935)
Luftwaffe (1935–1945)
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank General der Flakartillerie
Commands held 7. Flak-Division
19. Flak-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Dipl.-Ing. Heinrich Burchard[Note 1] (5 October 1894 – 11 April 1945) was a highly decorated General der Flakartillerie in the Luftwaffe during World War II who commanded the several Flak-Divisions. 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. Heinrich Burchard committed suicide on 11 April 1945.

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  1. ^ In German an engineer's degree is called Diplom-Ingenieur (abbreviated Dipl.-Ing.)
  2. ^ Walther-Peer Fellgiebel has struck Heinrich Burchard from the list of Knight's Cross recipients. He noted that Burchard never received the Knight's Cross but the German Cross in Gold on 15 March 1943 instead.[2]


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 150.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 510.
  • 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. 

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