Karl-Otto Leukefeld

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Karl-Otto Leukefeld
Born 1 May 1913
Wiesbaden
Died 24 May 2008(2008-05-24) (aged 95)
Celle
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935–1945
1956–1971
Rank Hauptmann (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Unit Infanterie-Regiment 123
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl-Otto Leukefeld (1 May 1913 – 24 May 2008) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht 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. Karl-Otto Leukefeld was captured by Soviet forces in May 1944 during the Crimean Offensive, and was held until 1949. He joined the Bundeswehr in 1956 and retired in 1971 as an Oberst.

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Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 237.
Bibliography
  • 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. 
  • 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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