Herbert Rieckhoff

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Herbert Rieckhoff
Born 25 December 1898
Berlin
Died 30 November 1948(1948-11-30) (aged 49)
Esslingen
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1915–18)
Reichswehr (1918–20)
Luftwaffe (1934–45)
Years of service 1915–20
1934–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held Kampfgeschwader 30
Kampfgeschwader 2
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Police officer, Author "Trumpf oder Bluff? 12 Jahre Deutsche Luftwaffe" Published by Inter Avia, Geneva, 1945

Herbert Rieckhoff (25 December 1898 – 30 November 1948) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant 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. Herbert Rieckhoff was captured by Allied troops in May 1945 and was released in 1948.

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References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 291.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • 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 Walter Loebel
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 30
17 August 1940 – 20 October 1940
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Erich Bloedorn
Preceded by
Generalmajor Johannes Fink
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 2
21 October 1940 – 12 October 1941
Succeeded by
Oberst Karl Mehnert
Preceded by
Generalmajor Heinz-Hellmuth von Wühlisch
Chief of Staff of Luftflotte 1
12 October 1941 – 23 February 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hans Detlef Herhudt von Rohden