Karl Kreutz

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Karl Kreutz
Born 20 September 1909
Bromberg, Germany
Died 27 July 1997 (1997-07-28) (aged 87)
Bonn
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1932–1945
Rank Standartenführer (Colonel)
Unit 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class

Karl Kreutz (20 September 1909 – 27 July 1997) was a Standartenführer (Colonel) in the Waffen-SS who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.[Notes 1] Kreutz started World War II as a Battery Commander in the Das Reich Artillery Battalion and went on to command the Division.[2]

Commands[edit]

  • 2nd Battery Das Reich
  • 6th Battery Das Reich
  • IV Artillery Battalion, 2nd SS Pz.Art.Rgt. Das Reich
  • 2nd SS Panzer Artillery Regiment Das Reich
  • 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich [3]

Awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No evidence of the Oak Leaves can be found in the German National Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "863" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Karl Kreutz was member of the AKCR.[1]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 151.
  2. ^ "dasreich". 
  3. ^ "frontkjemper". 
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 (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. 

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Karl Kreutz
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding
Commander of 2nd SS Division Das Reich
20 January 1945 - 29 January 1945
Succeeded by
SS-Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff
Preceded by
SS-Standartenführer Rudolf Lehmann
Commander of 2nd SS Division Das Reich
13 April 1945 - 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
disbanded