Karl Arndt

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Karl Arndt
Born (1892-03-10)10 March 1892
Groß-Kauen, district of Glogau
Died 30 December 1981(1981-12-30) (aged 89)
Balve-Langenholthausen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1911–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 293. Infanterie-Division
359. Infanterie-Division
XXXIX. Panzerkorps
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Karl Hermann Arndt (10 March 1892 – 30 December 1981) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Karl Arndt was captured by American troops in May 1945 and was held until 1947.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
22 January 1945 Im Raum von Krakau hat die brandenburgische 359. Infanterie-Division unter Führung von Generalleutnant Arndt durch hervorragende Standhaftigkeit und beispielhaften Angriffsschwung den Durchbruch weit überlegener feindlicher Kräfte nach Süden über die Weichsel vereitelt und dadurch den Aufbau einer geschlossenen Abwehrfront ermöglicht.[6] In the area of Krakow has the Brandenburg 359th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Arndt shown outstanding steadfastness and exemplary attack momentum and thereby thwarted the breakthrough of far superior enemy forces south across the Vistula and thus enabled the construction of a closed defensive front.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 8.
  2. ^ a b c d Thomas and Wegmann 1987, p. 99.
  3. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 17.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 101.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 80.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 413.
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. 
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz; Wegmann, Günter (1987). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil III: Infanterie Band 1: A–Be [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part III: Infantry Volume 1: A–Be] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-1153-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Werner Forst
Commander of 293. Infanterie-Division
10 January 1943 – 2 November 1943
Succeeded by
Unit Disbanded
Preceded by
Formed from 293. Infanterie-Division
Commander of 359. Infanterie-Division
20 November 1943 – 25 April 1945
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Karl Decker
Commander of XXXIX. Panzerkorps
25 April 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
None