|Karl Pfeffer Wildenbruch|
June 12, 1888|
Kalkberge, German Empire
|Died||January 29, 1971
Bielefeld, West Germany
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1907–1945|
|Rank||Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei und Waffen-SS|
|Unit||4th SS Polizei Division
VI SS Corps
IX SS Mountain Corps
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross with Oakleaves
Iron Cross 1st Class (1914) & (1939)
Iron Cross 2nd Class (1914) &(1939)
Cross of Honor
SS Honour Ring
Karl Pfeffer Wildenbruch (June 12, 1888 – January 29, 1971) was a staff officer of the German General Staff during World War I and an Obergruppenführer General der Waffen-SS und der Polizei, during World War II, he commanded the 4th SS Polizei Division and the VI SS Army Corps and the IX SS Mountain Corps, he was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oakleaves.
Early life 
Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch was born on 12 June 1888, in Kalkberge, Rüdersdorf. After finishing high school he became a Fahnenjunker in the 22 Field Artillery Regiment in March 1907 and promoted to Leutnant, in August 1908 and in 1911 was assigned to the Military Technical School in Berlin.
World War I 
On the outbreak of World War I, he commanded a Battery and was a Regimental Adjutant, then became a staff officer on the German General Staff. He served under Field Marshal General, Colmar von der Goltz, in Baghdad who was the commander of the 1st Turkish Army, his next posting was as the IA to the German Military mission in Constantinople from May to November 1917. At the end of 1917 he returned to Germany, as a staff officer with the 11th Infantry Division. At the end of the war he remained on the General staff of the ZBV 55 and XXIV reserve corps.
Interwar period 
In August 1919 he joined the police service, and spent time in the Reich Ministry of the Interior and was the police commander in Osnabrück and Magdeburg. From 1928 he was in Santiago de Chile as the Chief of the Chilean Carabinieros, returning to Germany in 1933.
In June 1933, Pfeffer Wildenbruch became an Oberstleutnant in the National Police Regiment at Frankfurt an der Oder and from May 1936 he was the Inspector General of Police schools, being promoted to Generalmajor der Polizei in May 1937.
World War II 
At the end of 1939, he was given command of the 4th SS Polizei Division with the rank of SS-Gruppenführer and Generalleutnant der Polizei. After the Battle of France he returned to the staff of the Reichsführers-SS, until being made the chief of the colonial police in the Reich ministry in from 1941 to 1943.
In December 1944 was appointed commander of the IX SS Mountain Corps, which was stationed in Budapest, Hungary. He was responsible for the defence of the Hungarian capital, after it had been encircled by the advancing Russian forces, from the 24 December 1944 to the 11 February 1945.
The siege of Budapest was one of the longest and bloodiest city struggles of the Second World War and the fight lasted 46 days. For his defence of the city he was awarded with the Knight's Cross on 11 January 1945 and the Oakleaves on 1 February 1945. During the attempt to break out from Budapest he was seriously wounded and captured by the Russians. On 10 August 1949 he was sentenced to 25 years of labor camps, but after Joseph Stalin's death he was released together with about 10000 other "last prisoners of war" due to an informal agreement between German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin in September 1955 one month later.
Awards and decorations 
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class (14 September 1917)
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Battle for Budapest By Krisztián Ungváry, Ladislaus Löb, p.67
- Latvia in World War II By Valdis O. Lumans, p.287
- The German Defeat in the East, 1944-45 By Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr,p.234
- Thomas 1998, p. 149.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 337.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 96.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
- Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2300-3.