Kurt Wahl

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Kurt Wahl
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Born 20 August 1914
Meiningen
Died 28 December 1988(1988-12-28) (aged 74)
Bremen
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1931–1945
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
German Cross in Gold
Wound Badge

Kurt Wahl (20 August 1914 — 28 December 1988) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded 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.

Career[edit]

He was born 20 August 1914 in Meiningen near Thüringen. During World War II, he joined the Waffen SS and was posted to the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen, he was awarded the Knight's Cross while serving as the Adjutant of the 38th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment in August 1944 and received the award of the Oakleaves in February 1945, while in command of the 17th SS Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion. Wahl survived the war and died on the 28 December 1988 at Oyten, near Bremen.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas M. Durante (2007), The German Close Combat Clasp of World War II, ISBN 978-90-812301-1-7
  • Manfred Dörr, Die Träger der Nahkampfspange in Gold, Heer-Luftwaffe-Waffen-SS 1943 - 1945 ISBN 3-7648-2585-5
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9.