Kurt Feldt

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Kurt Feldt
Born 22 November 1897
Schmentau
Died 11 March 1970(1970-03-11) (aged 72)
Berlin
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1908–1945
Rank General der Kavallerie
Commands held 1. Kavallerie-Division
24. Panzer-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Kurt Feldt (22 November 1897 – 11 March 1970) was a highly decorated General der Kavallerie 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. Kurt Feldt was captured by British troops in May 1945 and was held until 1947.

Biography[edit]

Feldt was born in Schmentau, he joined the service of the German Cavalry, being enlisted in 1. Kavalleriedivision at the beginning of World War I. During that war and the interbellum, he would remain part of that unit, and other regiments, until commanding it in the next war. During the first years of the Second World War he and his division were involved in many campaigns and battles. The division's most notable, and independent action being that of the occupation of the northern provinces of The Netherlands in May 1940, leading to the Battle of The Afsluitdijk. In June 1940 he was involved in the capture of Saumur, the seat of the French Cavalry, where the famous Cadre Noir was located. When 1. Kavalleriedivision was transformed into 24th Panzer Division in 1942, he became Befehlshaber South-West in April that year and later commanded Wehrkreis VI (Westfalen). In 1944 he fought in France and the Low Countries against the Allies until being captured by the British. Released after more than three years as a POW he settled in Berlin. His sepulchre is at South-western Cemetery in Stahnsdorf.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
None
Commander of 1. Kavallerie-Division
25 October 1939 - 28 November 1941
Succeeded by
Renamed 24. Panzer-Division
Preceded by
Previously 1. Kavallerie-Division
Commander of 24. Panzer-Division
28 November 1941 - 15 April 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Bruno Ritter von Hauenschild