List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (L)

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The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Third Reich during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme gallantry.[1] A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945.[Note 1] This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht—the Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy) and Luftwaffe (Air Force)—as well as the Waffen-SS, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich.[3]

These recipients are listed in the 1986 edition of Walther-Peer Fellgiebel's book, Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller WehrmachtsteileThe Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War. Fellgiebel was the former chairman and head of the order commission of the AKCR. In 1996 a second edition of this book was published with an addendum delisting 11 of these original recipients. Author and historian Veit Scherzer has cast doubt on a further 193 of these listings. The majority of the disputed recipients had received the award in 1945, when the deteriorating situation of the Third Reich during the final days of World War II left a number of nominations incomplete and pending in various stages of the approval process.[4] Scherzer wrote his book in cooperation with the German Federal Archives. The book was chosen by Prof. Dr. Franz W. Seidler for the library of the Bundeswehr University Munich and Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and is considered an accepted reference there.[5][6] For many years Fellgiebel's book was considered the main reference work on this topic and is now succeeded by Scherzer's work.

Listed here are the 386 Knight's Cross recipients of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS whose last name starts with "L".[7] Scherzer has challenged the validity of sixteen of these listings.[8] The recipients are ordered alphabetically by last name. The rank listed is the recipient's rank at the time the Knight's Cross was awarded.

Background[edit]

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades were based on four separate enactments. The first enactment, Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 1573 of 1 September 1939 instituted the Iron Cross (Eisernes Kreuz), the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (Großkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). Article 2 of the enactment mandated that the award of a higher class be preceded by the award of all preceding classes.[9] As the war progressed, some of the recipients of the Knight's Cross distinguished themselves further and a higher grade, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, was instituted. The Oak Leaves, as they were commonly referred to, were based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940.[10] In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross were instituted. The enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 introduced the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern) and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten).[11] At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten), based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11 of 29 December 1944, became the final variant of the Knight's Cross authorized.[12]

Recipients[edit]

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (L)
Service   Number of presentations Posthumous presentations
Heer
256
18
Kriegsmarine
19
2
Luftwaffe
90
16
Waffen-SS
21
1

The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (Supreme Command of the Armed Forces) kept separate Knight's Cross lists, one for each of the three military branches, Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air Force) and for the Waffen-SS. Within each of these lists a unique sequential number was assigned to each recipient. The same numbering paradigm was applied to the higher grades of the Knight's Cross, one list per grade.[13] Of the 386 awards made to servicemen whose last name starts with "L", 38 were later awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, six the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and two the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds; 37 presentations were made posthumously. Heer members received 256 of the medals; 19 went to the Kriegsmarine, 90 to the Luftwaffe, and 21 to the Waffen-SS.[7] The sequential numbers greater than 843 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and 143 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords are unofficial and were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and are therefore denoted in parentheses.[14]

      This along with the + (plus) indicates that a higher grade of Knight's Cross was awarded as well.
      This along with the * (asterisk) indicates that the Knight's Cross was awarded posthumously.
      This along with the ? (question mark) indicates that historian Veit Scherzer has expressed doubt regarding the veracity and formal correctness of the listing.

Name Service Rank Role and unit[Note 2] Date of award Notes Image
Laage, [Prof. Dr.] Karl-Ernst[Prof. Dr.] Karl-Ernst Laage[Note 3] Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[15] Leader of the 1./Artillerie-Regiment 66[15][16] 26 November 1944[15]
Labenski, HelmutHelmut Labenski Heer 13-HOberleutnant[15] Chief of the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 409[15][16] 9 April 1944[15]
Labrenz, ErichErich Labrenz Heer 14-HHauptmann[15] Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 480[15][16] 31 December 1941[15]
Laebe, Heinz-OskarHeinz-Oskar Laebe+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[Note 4] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 44[15][16] 7 March 1944[15] Awarded (854th) Oak Leaves 29 April 1945?[Note 5]
Laemmel, WalterWalter Lämmel[Note 6] Heer 13-HOberleutnant[Note 6] Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 366[16][18] 17 March 1945[18]
Laengenfelder, HannsHanns Laengenfelder+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[18] Commander of the Grenadier-Regiment 106[16][18] 21 October 1943[18] Awarded (856th) Oak Leaves 30 April 1945[18]
Lagois, EhrenfriedEhrenfried Lagois Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[18] Pilot in the 5./Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[16][Note 7] 26 March 1944[18]
Laier, GustavGustav Laier Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[18] Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 528[16][18] 3 November 1944[18]
Lainer, JosefJosef Lainer Waffen-SS 09-WSS-Oberscharführer[18] Platoon leader in the 1./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Der Führer"[18][19] 8 October 1943[18]
Lais, OttoOtto Lais Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[18] Commander of the Grenadier-Regiment 858[16][18] 30 September 1944[18]
Lambach, HelmutHelmut Lambach Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[18] Chief of the 11./Grenadier-Regiment 88[16][18] 6 March 1944[18]
Lambert, AugustAugust Lambert Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[18] Pilot in the 5./Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[16][18] 14 May 1944[18]
Lamey, HubertusHubertus Lamey Heer 17-HOberst[18] Deputy leader of the 28. Jäger-Division[16][Note 8] 12 February 1944[18]
Lammer, KarlKarl Lammer Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[18] Group leader of the Pionierzug (pioneer platoon) of the Stabskompanie/Grenadier-Regiment 105[16][18] 13 January 1944[18]
Lammerding, HeinzHeinz Lammerding Waffen-SS 17-WSS-Oberführer[20] Commander of Panzer-Kampfgruppe "Das Reich"[16][20] 11 April 1944[20]
Lampart, KarlKarl Lampart Heer 01-HGrenadier[20] In the 5./Grenadier-Regiment 587[16][20] 14 April 1945[20]
Lampe, HermannHermann Lampe Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[20] Deputy leader of Grenadier-Regiment 419[16][Note 9] 16 November 1943[20]
Lampp, WolfgangWolfgang Lampp Heer 15-HMajor[20] Commander of Feldersatz-Bataillon 104[16][20] 19 December 1943*[20] Killed in action 23 October 1943[16]
Lamprecht, HerbertHerbert Lamprecht+ Heer 14-HHauptmann[20] Deputy commander of leichte Flak-Abteilung 76 (motorized)[16][Note 10] 22 January 1943[20] Awarded 532nd Oak Leaves 25 July 1944[20]
Lancelle, OttoOtto Lancelle Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[20] Commander of the 121. Infanterie-Division[16][20] 27 July 1941*[20] Killed in action 3 July 1941[16]
Lancier, HubertHubert Lancier Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[20] Group leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 399[20][21] 18 February 1945[20]
Lancken, Dietrich von derDietrich von der Lancken Heer 15-HMajor[20] Commander of the III./Panzer-Regiment 24[20][21] 29 October 1942[Note 11]
Landau, Christian-JohannesChristian-Johannes Landau?[Note 12] Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 176. Infanterie-Division[21] 9 May 1945
Landeck, GustavGustav Landeck Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[20] Company leader in the Grenadier-Regiment 423[20][21] 21 September 1944[20]
Landfermann, [Dr.] Carl-August[Dr.] Carl-August Landfermann[Note 13] Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant (Ing.) of the Reserve[20] Chief engineer on U-181[20][21] 27 October 1943[20]
Landgraf, FranzFranz Landgraf Heer 17-HOberst[20] Commander of the 4. Panzer-Brigade[20][21] 16 June 1940[20]
Landgraf, PaulPaul Landgraf Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[20] Flakkampftruppführer (anti aircraft combat troop leader) in the I./Flak-Regiment 19 (motorized)[21][Note 14] 22 January 1943[20]
Landwehr, PaulPaul Landwehr Waffen-SS 15-WMajor of the Schupo[23] Commander of the II./SS-Polizei-Regiment 14[21][23] 17 March 1945*[23] Killed in action 28 February 1945[23]
Lang, EmilEmil Lang+ Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[23] Staffelführer of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 54[21][23] 22 November 1943[23] Awarded 448th Oak Leaves 11 April 1944[23]
Lang, FriedrichFriedrich Lang+ Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[23] Pilot in the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[21][Note 15] 23 November 1941[23] Awarded 148th Oak Leaves 21 November 1942
74th Swords 2 July 1944[Note 16]
Lang, GeorgGeorg Lang Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[23] Observer in the 11.(H)/12. (Nahaufklärungs-Gruppe 15)[21][Note 17] 20 December 1944[23]
Lang, HermannHermann Lang Heer 14-HRittmeister[23] Commander of Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 68[24][Note 18] 30 September 1944[23]
Lang, HermannHermann Lang Waffen-SS 06-WSS-Unterscharführer[23] Meldestaffelführer (messenger squad leader) in the I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 "Totenkopf"[21][Note 19] 23 October 1944[23]
Lang, Joachim-FriedrichJoachim-Friedrich Lang Heer 17-HOberst[23] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 481[21][23] 4 September 1943[23]
Lang, JosephJoseph Lang Heer 09-HFeldwebel[23] Shock troop leader in the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 15[21][23] 4 July 1940[23]
Lang, LudwigLudwig Lang Heer 13-HOberleutnant[23] Chief of the 2./Artillerie-Regiment 7[21][23] 6 October 1944[23]
Lang, RudolfRudolf Lang Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[23] Commander of Gebirgs-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 44[21][23] 23 August 1941[23]
Langanke, FritzFritz Langanke Waffen-SS 10-WSS-Standartenoberjunker[23] Platoon leader of the 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "Das Reich"[21][Note 20] 27 August 1944[23]
Langbehn, JoachimJoachim Langbehn Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[25] Staffelkapitän of the 5./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[21][25] 24 March 1943*[25] Killed in action 25 November 1942[21]
Lange, ErhardErhard Lange Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[25] Company chief in the Kampfgruppe of the Sonderkommando OKW-Abwehr II "Brandenburg"[26][Note 21] 15 January 1943[25]
Lange, ErichErich Lange Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[25] Leader of Füsilier-Bataillon 299[27][Note 22] 28 October 1944[25]
Lange, ErwinErwin Lange Heer 14-HHauptmann[25] Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 698[25][26] 8 October 1943[25]
Lange, GerhardGerhard Lange Heer 14-HHauptmann[25] Leader of the II./Panzer-Regiment 35[25][26] 28 March 1945[25]
Lange, GüntherGünther Lange?[Note 23] Waffen-SS 03-WSS-Sturmmann Group leader in the 16.(Pi)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 4 "Der Führer"[27] 6 May 1945
Lange, Hans-GüntherHans-Günther Lange+ Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[25] Commander of U-711[25][26] 26 August 1944[25] Awarded (853rd) Oak Leaves 29 April 1945[25]
Lange, [Dr.] Heinz[Dr.] Heinz Lange[Note 13] Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[25] Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[26][Note 24] 18 November 1944[25]
Lange, PaulPaul Lange Heer 09-HFeldwebel[25] Platoon leader in the 1./Panzergrenader-Regiment 13[25][26] 7 September 1944[25]
Lange, Dr. med. dent. WalterDr. med. dent. Walter Lange+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant of the Reserves[25] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 43[25][26] 10 February 1943[25] Awarded 300th Oak Leaves 13 September 1943[25]
Lange, WernerWerner Lange Kriegsmarine 19-MVizeadmiral[25] Commanding Admiral Aegean Sea[25][26] 28 October 1944[25]
Lange, WolfgangWolfgang Lange Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[25] Commander of Korpsabteilung C[25][26] 14 May 1944[25]
Langemeyer, Dr. med. habil. CarlDr. med. habil. Carl Langemeyer Luftwaffe 14-LStabsarzt of the Reserves[Note 25] (rank equivalent to Hauptmann) Commander of Fallschirm-Sanitäter-Lehr-Abteilung[25][26] 18 November 1944[25]
Langendorf, GeorgGeorg Langendorf Waffen-SS 12-WSS-Untersturmführer of the Reserves[29] Leader of the 5.(schwere)/SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 "Nordland"[27][Note 26] 12 March 1944[29]
Langenn-Steinkeller, Ernst-Hasse vonErnst-Hasse von Langenn-Steinkeller Heer 14-HRittmeister[29] Commander of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 24[26][29] 9 June 1944[29]
Langenohl, WillyWilly Langenohl Heer 12-HLeutnant[29] Leader of the 3./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 57[26][29] 30 April 1945[29]
Langenstraß, Ernst-FriedrichErnst-Friedrich Langenstraß Heer 13-HOberleutnant[29] Chief of the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 28[26][29] 5 June 1940[29]
Langer, AlbertAlbert Langer Heer 03-HGefreiter[29] Group leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 51 (motorized)[26][29] 7 April 1944[29]
Langer, [Dr.] Günter[Dr.] Günter Langer[Note 13] Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[29] Leader of Füsilier-Kompanie 191[26][29] 5 September 1944[29]
Langer, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Langer Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[29] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[26][29] 20 April 1945[29]
Langer, KurtKurt Langer Heer 17-HOberst[29] Staff officer for anti tank combat in the Oberkommando of Heeresgruppe E[26][Note 27] 11 December 1944[29]
Langermann und Erlencamp, Willibald Freiherr vonWillibald Freiherr von Langermann und Erlencamp+ Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[29] Commander of the 29. Infanterie-Division (motorized)[26][29] 15 August 1940[29] Awarded 75th Oak Leaves 17 February 1942[29] Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1981-101-24, Willibald Freiherr von Langermann und Erlenkamp.jpg
Langert, WalterWalter Langert Heer 14-HHauptmann[29] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 697[26][29] 9 June 1944[29]
Langesee, KarlKarl Langesee+ Heer 14-HHauptmann[29] Commander of the II./Jäger-Regiment 207[26][29] 10 August 1942[29] Awarded 211th Oak Leaves 15 March 1943[29]
Langfeldt, KayKay Langfeldt Heer 13-HOberleutnant[30] Squadron chief of Radfahr-Abteilung 30[26][30] 18 May 1943[30]
Langguth, AlfredAlfred Langguth Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[30] Leader of the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 351[30][31] 31 March 1943[30]
Langhart, TheodorTheodor Langhart Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[30] Staffelkapitän of the 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[30][31] 22 January 1943*[30] Killed in action 22 December 1942[31]
Langhorst, BernhardBernhard Langhorst Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer[Note 28] Commander of SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 20 (estn. Nr. 1)[31][Note 28] 5 April 1945[30]
Langkeit, WillyWilly Langkeit+ Heer 15-HMajor[30] Commander of the II./Panzer-Regiment 36[30][32] 9 December 1942[30] Awarded 348th Oak Leaves 7 December 1943[30] alt=A black-and-white photograph of a man wearing a black military uniform, peaked cap and a neck order in shape of an Iron Cross.
Langkopf, PaulPaul Langkopf Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[30] Pilot in the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[30][31] 19 February 1943[30]
Langmaier, MatthiasMatthias Langmaier Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[Note 29] Commander of the III./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 85[30][31] 29 February 1944[30]
Lanz, Dr. jur. Dipl.-Ing. AlbrechtDr. jur. Dipl.-Ing. Albrecht Lanz Heer 15-HMajor[30] Commander of the I./Infanterie-Regiment 396[30][31] 4 September 1940[30]
Lanz, AlfredAlfred Lanz Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[30] Group leader in the 8.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 44[31][Note 30] 9 January 1945[30]
Lanz, HubertHubert Lanz+ Heer 17-HOberst im Generalstab (in the General Staff)[30] Chief of the Generalstab of the XVIII. Armeekorps[30][31] 1 October 1940[30] Awarded 160th Oak Leaves 23 December 1942[30] Hubert Lanz 1948.jpg
Lapp, Karl-WalterKarl-Walter Lapp Heer 14-HHauptmann[30] Commander of Ski-Bataillon 82[30][31] 14 August 1944[30]
Larisch, AntonAnton Larisch Heer 09-HFeldwebel[30] Platoon leader in the 8.(MG)/Infanterie-Regiment 190[31][Note 31] 25 February 1942[30]
Larisch, Heribert vonHeribert von Larisch Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[33] Commander of the 129. Infanterie-Division[31][33] 26 December 1944[33]
Larsen, RudolfRudolf Larsen Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[33] Panzer commander in the 2./Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland"[32][33] 23 October 1944[33]
Lasch, OttoOtto Lasch+ Heer 17-HOberst[33] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 43[31][33] 17 July 1941[33] Awarded 578th Oak Leaves 10 September 1944[33]
Laschet, UlrichUlrich Laschet Heer 06-HFahnenjunker-Oberjäger[33] Group leader in the 1./Jäger-Regiment 54 (L)[31][33] 15 April 1944[33]
Laskowski, ErwinErwin Laskowski Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[33] Pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 11[31][33] 27 April 1945[33]
Lasse, KurtKurt Lasse Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[33] Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 77[31][33] 3 May 1942*[33] Killed in action 8 October 1941[31]
Lasse, WilhelmWilhelm Lasse Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[33] Group leader in the 5./Grenadier-Regiment 82[32][33] 12 March 1944*[33] Killed in action 26 January 1944[31]
Lassen, GeorgGeorg Lassen+ Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant zur See[33] Commander of U-160[31][33] 10 August 1942[33] Awarded 208th Oak Leaves 7 March 1943[33]
Latz, AlbertAlbert Latz Heer 17-HOberst zur Verwendung (for disposition)[33] Leader of Kampfgruppe "Latz"[31][Note 32] 30 December 1943*[33] Killed in action 6 December 1943[31]
Lau, FritzFritz Lau Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[34] Staffelkapitän of the 4./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[31][34] 28 April 1945[34]
Lau, HeinrichHeinrich Lau Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[34] Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"[31][34] 10 May 1943[34]
Lau, KurtKurt Lau Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[34] Staffelkapitän of the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[34][35] 6 April 1944[34]
Lau, LotharLothar Lau Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[34] Staffelkapitän of the 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[34][35] 22 June 1941[Note 33]
Lau, WernerWerner Lau Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[34] Platoon leader in the 5./Lehr-Regiment z.b.V. 800 "Brandenburg"[34][36] 9 December 1942[34]
Laubereau, HugoHugo Laubereau Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[34] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 61[34][35] 22 November 1943[34]
Laubmeier, LudwigLudwig Laubmeier Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[34] Chief of the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 191[34][35] 4 October 1944[34]
Lauch, KarlKarl Lauch Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[34] Platoon leader of the 8./Panzergrenader-Regiment 14[34][35] 5 May 1943[34]
Lauchert, Meinrad vonMeinrad von Lauchert+ Heer 15-HMajor[34] Commander of the I./Panzer-Regiment 35[34][35] 8 September 1941[34] Awarded 396th Oak Leaves 12 February 1944[34]
Laudenbach, OttoOtto Laudenbach Heer 15-HMajor[34] Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 88[34][35] 14 December 1943[34]
Laue, HermannHermann Laue Heer 04-HObergefreiter[34] Group leader in the 9./Panzergrenader-Regiment 76[34][35] 5 April 1945*[34] Killed in action 24 March 1945[35]
Laukat, RichardRichard Laukat Heer 15-HMajor[34] Commander of the II./Artillerie-Regiment 103[34][36] 18 December 1941[34]
Launer, KurtKurt Launer Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer[37] Commander of the II./SS-Panzergrenader-Regiment 6 "Theodor Eicke"[36][Note 34] 15 August 1943[37]
Laupenmühlen, OskarOskar Laupenmühlen?[Note 35] Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Leader of the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 399[35] 9 May 1945
Lauter, WilhelmWilhelm Lauter Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[37] Leader of the 3./Artillerie-Regiment 212[35][37] 16 January 1945[37]
Lautz, FriedrichFriedrich Lautz Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[37] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 1091[35][37] 9 December 1944[37]
Laux, PaulPaul Laux+ Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[37] Commander of the 126. Infanterie-Division[35][37] 14 December 1941[37] Awarded 237th Oak Leaves 17 May 1943[37]
Lawall, Dr. jur. ErichDr. jur. Erich Lawall Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[37] Commander of Radfahr-Abteilung 54[36][37] 5 November 1942[37]
Lawrenz, JohannesJohannes Lawrenz Heer 14-HHauptmann[37] Commander of the III./Jäger-Regiment 38[35][37] 14 May 1944[37]
Lay, JosefJosef Lay Heer 10-HFahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel[37] Platoon leader in Fahnenjunker-Grenadier-Regiment 1239[35][37] 5 April 1945*[37] Killed in action 15 March 1945[35]
Leber, HeinzHeinz Leber Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[37] Pilot in the 2./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[35][Note 36] 29 February 1944*[37] Killed in action 1 June 1943[35]
Lechermann, MichaelMichael Lechermann Heer 09-HFeldwebel[37] Platoon leader in Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1007[35][37] 18 November 1944*[37] Killed in action 18 July 1944[35]
Lechl, FranzFranz Lechl Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[37] Platoon leader of the 5./Grenadier-Regiment 266[35][37] 14 August 1943[37]
Lechner, AloisAlois Lechner Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[Note 37] Staffelkapitän of the 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 100[37][38] 5 February 1944[37]
Lechner, FriedrichFriedrich Lechner Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[39] Commander of Feldersatz-Bataillon 212[38][39] 27 July 1944[39]
Lechtenbörger, Dipl.-Ing. WilliDipl.-Ing. Willi Lechtenbörger Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant (Ing.) of the Reserves[39] Chief engineer on U-847[38][39] 4 September 1943*[39] Killed in action 27 August 1943[38]
Lederer, JoachimJoachim Lederer Heer 14-HHauptmann[39] Commander of Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 344[38][39] 30 April 1945[39]
Leeb, Wilhelm Ritter vonWilhelm Ritter von Leeb Heer 21-HGeneraloberst[39] Commander-in-chief of Heeresgruppe C[39][40] 24 June 1940[39]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1969-048B-01A, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb.jpg
Leesmann, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Leesmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[39] Staffelkapitän of the 2./Jagdgeschwader 52[38][39] 23 July 1941[39]
Lehmann, ChristianChristian Lehmann Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[39] Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 726[38][39] 4 July 1944*[39] Killed in action 6 June 1944[38]
Lehmann, HansHans Lehmann Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant zur See of the Reserves[39] Commander of U-997[38][39] 11 May 1945[Note 38]
Lehmann, Hans-GeorgHans-Georg Lehmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[39] Leader of the Sturmkompanie of the Divisions-Kampfschule "Hermann Göring"[38][Note 39] 10 October 1944[39]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1981-147-17A, Hans-Georg Lehmann.jpg
Lehmann, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Lehmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[39] Staffelkapitän of the 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[38][39] 23 November 1941[39]
Lehmann, KurtKurt Lehmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[39] Staffelkapitän of the 2./Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor"[38][39] 19 February 1943[39]
Lehmann, PaulPaul Lehmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[39] Chief of the 8./Flak-Regiment 24 (motorized)[38][39] 5 April 1942[39]
Lehmann, [Dr.] Paul[Dr.] Paul Lehmann[Note 13] Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän of the Reserves zur Verwendung (for disposition)[39] Chief of the 42. Minensuchflottille[38][39] 24 September 1944[39]
Lehmann, RudolfRudolf Lehmann+ Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer[42] Ia (operations officer) of the 1. SS-Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"[38][42] 23 February 1944[42] Awarded (862nd) Oak Leaves 6 May 1945?[Note 40]
Lehmann, WaldemarWaldemar Lehmann Heer 14-HHauptmann[42] Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 3[38][42] 19 August 1944[42]
Lehmann-Willenbrock, HeinrichHeinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock+ Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[42] Commander of U-96[38][42] 26 February 1941[42] Awarded 51st Oak Leaves 31 December 1941[42]
Lehner, FranzFranz Lehner Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel[42] Combat observer in the 6./Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor"[38][Note 41] 22 May 1943[42]
Lehner, WilhelmWilhelm Lehner Heer 09-HFeldwebel[42] Platoon leader in the 5./Panzergrenader-Regiment 40[38][42] 15 June 1943[42]
Lehnert, WillyWilly Lehnert Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[42] Wireless/radio operator in the Stab/Kampfgeschwader 6[38][42] 5 April 1944[42]
Lehnhoff, Ernst-GünterErnst-Günter Lehnhoff Heer 15-HMajor[42] Commander of Panzer-Füsilier-Bataillon/Führer-Grenadier-Brigade[38][42] 12 December 1944[42]
Lehrig, HerbertHerbert Lehrig Heer 12-HLeutnant[42] Platoon leader in the II./Grenadier-Regiment 161[38][42] 10 September 1944[42]
Lehrkinder, AloisAlois Lehrkinder Heer 09-HFeldwebel[42] Platoon leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 447[38][42] 3 April 1943[42]
Lehrter, GüntherGünther Lehrter Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[42] Platoon leader in the 5./Panzergrenader-Regiment 27[42][44] 2 September 1944[42]
Lehweß-Litzmann, WalterWalter Lehweß-Litzmann Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant[42] Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 3 "Lützow"[44][Note 42] 29 October 1943[42]
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Leibnitz, GerhardGerhard Leibnitz Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[45] Pilot and observer in the 2.(N)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 5[44][45] 14 January 1945[45]
Leicht, HelmutHelmut Leicht+ Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[Note 43] Staffelkapitän of the 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[44][45] 3 September 1942[45] Awarded 631st Oak Leaves 24 October 1944[45]
Leie, ErichErich Leie Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[45] Pilot in the Stab of I./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[44][Note 44] 1 August 1941[45]
Leimbach, KarlKarl Leimbach Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[45] Leader of the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 1[44][45] 17 March 1945[45]
Leimkuhl, HelmutHelmut Leimkuhl Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[45] Leader of the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 756[44][45] 26 November 1944*[45] Killed in action 20 October 1944[44]
Leingärtner, LudwigLudwig Leingärtner Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[45] Staffelkapitän of the 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1[44][45] 5 February 1944[45]
Leinhos, LudwigLudwig Leinhos Heer 13-HOberleutnant[45] Chief of the 6./Panzer-Regiment 18[44][45] 5 February 1942[45]
Leipzig, Hellmut vonHellmut von Leipzig Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[45] Platoon leader in Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Brandenburg"[44][45] 28 April 1945[45]
Leitenberger, HelmutHelmut Leitenberger Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[45] Platoon leader in the 3./Fallschirm-Panzer-Regiment "Hermann Göring"[44][45] 17 April 1945[45]
Leitner, Dr. LeopoldDr. Leopold Leitner Heer 15-HMajor[45] Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 132[44][45] 24 December 1944[45]
Lembke, ArminArmin Lembke Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[45] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 220[44][45] 5 March 1945[45]
Lemcke, GerhardGerhard Lemcke Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[46] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 89[44][46] 12 January 1945[46]
Lemelsen, JoachimJoachim Lemelsen+ Heer 20-HGeneral der Panzertruppe[46] Commanding general of the XXXXVII. Panzerkorps[44][46] 27 July 1941[46] Awarded 294th Oak Leaves 7 September 1943[46]
Lemke, FritzFritz Lemke Heer 14-HHauptmann[46] Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 3[44][Note 45] 16 February 1944[46]
Lemke, GerhardGerhard Lemke Heer 09-HFeldwebel[46] Company troop leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 82[44][46] 28 April 1943[46]
Lemke, MaxMax Lemke Heer 15-HMajor[Note 46] Commander of Aufklärungs-Abteilung 17[44][46] 18 October 1941[46]
Lemke, SiegfriedSiegfried Lemke Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[46] Staffelführer of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[44][Note 47] 14 June 1944[Note 47]
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Lemke, WilhelmWilhelm Lemke+ Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[46] Staffelführer of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[44][Note 48] 12 September 1942[Note 49] Awarded 338th Oak Leaves 25 November 1943[46]
Lemm, Heinz-GeorgHeinz-Georg Lemm+ Heer 14-HHauptmann[46] Commander of the I./Füsilier-Regiment 27[44][46] 14 April 1943[46] Awarded 525th Oak Leaves 11 July 1944
137th Swords 15 March 1945[46]
Lemp, Fritz-JuliusFritz-Julius Lemp Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[46] Commander of U-30[44][46] 14 August 1940[46]
Lempp, OttoOtto Lempp Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[46] Chief of the 2./Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 75[46][48] 14 May 1944[46]
Lengerke, Wilhelm vonWilhelm von Lengerke Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[46] Commander of the I./Reiter-Regiment 1[46][48] 31 August 1941[46]
Lenkeit, HorstHorst Lenkeit Heer 14-HHauptmann[49] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 1076[48][49] 3 November 1944[49]
Lennartz, HansHans Lennartz?[Note 50] Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of Alarm-Bataillon Kolberg[48] 9 May 1945
Lent, HelmutHelmut Lent+ Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[49] Staffelkapitän of the 6./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[48][Note 51] 30 August 1941[49] Awarded 98th Oak Leaves 6 June 1942
32nd Swords 2 August 1943
15th Diamonds 31 July 1944[49]
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Lenz, HeinrichHeinrich Lenz Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[49] Platoon leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 159[48][49] 26 December 1943[49]
Lenz, HermannHermann Lenz Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[49] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 164[48][49] 9 February 1943[49]
Lenz, MartinMartin Lenz Heer 15-HMajor[49] Commander of the I.(Schützenpanzerwagen)/Panzergrenader-Regiment 192[48][Note 52] 25 January 1945[49]
Leopold, FritzFritz Leopold Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[49] Staffelkapitän of the 5./Kampfgeschwader 3 "Lützow"[48][49] 26 March 1944*[49] Killed in action 5 November 1943[48]
Leopoldsberger, JosefJosef Leopoldsberger Heer 09-HFeldwebel[49] Platoon leader in the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 207[48][49] 14 March 1942[49]
Lepkowski, ErichErich Lepkowski Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[49] Leader of the 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[48][49] 8 August 1944[49]
Lepper, RichardRichard Lepper Heer 17-HOberst[49] Artilleriekommandeur 6 and leader of a Kampfgruppe[51][Note 53] 17 December 1942[49]
Leppla, RichardRichard Leppla Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[49] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 51[48][49] 27 July 1941[49]
Leroy, JacquesJacques Leroy?[Note 54] Waffen-SS 12-WSS-Untersturmführer Leader of the 1./SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenader-Regiment 69[51] 20 April 1945
Lersner, Dipl.-Ing. Karl Freiherr vonDipl.-Ing. Karl Freiherr von Lersner Heer 17-HOberst[49] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 537[48][49] 12 March 1943*[49] Killed in action 25 January 1943[48]
Leschke, AlexanderAlexander Leschke Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[53] Commander of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 11 (motorized)[48][53] 4 November 1941[53]
Leske, MartinMartin Leske Heer 14-HHauptmann[53] Commander of the I./Jäger-Regiment 49[48][53] 19 August 1944[53]
Lestmann, KarlKarl Lestmann Heer 14-HHauptmann[53] Commander of the II./Panzer-Regiment 15[48][53] 25 January 1943[53]
Lethaus, WaldemarWaldemar Lethaus Heer 14-HHauptmann[53] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Bataillon 2103[53][54] 9 December 1944[53]
Leukefeld, Karl-OttoKarl-Otto Leukefeld Heer 13-HOberleutnant[53] Chief of the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 123[53][54] 23 October 1941[53]
Leupert, OttoOtto Leupert Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[53] Pilot in the I.(K)/Lehrgeschwader 1[54][Note 55] 22 January 1943[53]
Leuschner, AloisAlois Leuschner Heer 12-HLeutnant[53] Leader of Pionier-Kompanie/Jäger-Regiment 83[53][54] 2 September 1944[53]
Leuschner, KurtKurt Leuschner Heer 14-HHauptmann[53] Leader of the III./Schützen-Regiment 25[53][54] 27 October 1941[53]
Lewinski, Erich vonErich von Lewinski+, called Erich von Manstein Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[53] Commanding general of the XXXVIII. Armeekorps[53][54] 19 July 1940[53] Awarded 209th Oak Leaves 14 March 1943
59th Swords 30 March 1944[53]
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Lex, AlfredAlfred Lex Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer of the Reserves[53] Leader of the I./SS-Panzergrenader-Regiment 4 "Der Führer"[53][54] 10 December 1943[53]
Lex, HansHans Lex Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[55] Chief of the 7./Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland"[54][55] 10 September 1943[55]
Leyck, SiegfriedSiegfried Leyck Heer 14-HHauptmann[55] Commander of the III./Panzer-Füsilier-Regiment "Großdeutschland"[54][55] 17 December 1943*[55] Died of wounds 7 July 1943[54]
Leypold, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Leypold Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[55] Chief of the 4./Grenadier-Regiment 347[54][55] 11 April 1944[55]
Leyser, Ernst vonErnst von Leyser Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[55] Commander of the 269. Infanterie-Division[54][55] 18 September 1941[55]
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Leyser, Hans-GeorgHans-Georg Leyser Heer 17-HOberst[55] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 51 (motorized)[54][55] 3 May 1942[55]
Lichel, WalterWalter Lichel Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[55] Commander of the 123. Infanterie-Division[54][55] 18 September 1941[55]
Lichte, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Lichte?[Note 56] Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Chief of the 5./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 "Wiking"[54] 6 May 1945
Lichtenberg, PhilippPhilipp Lichtenberg Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant (Ing.)[55] Chief engineer on U-516[54][55] 31 March 1945[55]
Lichtenberger, HermannHermann Lichtenberger Luftwaffe 17-LOberst[55] Commander of Flak-Regiment 104 (motorized)[54][Note 57] 12 November 1941[55]
Lieb, Theo-HelmutTheo-Helmut Lieb+ Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[55] Leader of the XXXXII. Armeekorps[54][55] 7 February 1944[55] Awarded 400th Oak Leaves 18 February 1944[55]
Liebe, HeinrichHeinrich Liebe+ Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[55] Commander of U-38[54][55] 14 August 1940[55] Awarded 13th Oak Leaves 10 June 1941[55]
Liebenstein, Dipl.-Ing. Gustav Freiherr vonDipl.-Ing. Gustav Freiherr von Liebenstein Kriegsmarine 16-MFregattenkapitän of the Reserves[55] Chief of the 2. Landungsdivision and sea transportation chief of the Strait of Messina[54][55] 3 September 1943[55]
Liebenstein, Kurt Freiherr vonKurt Freiherr von Liebenstein Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[55] Commander of the 164. leichte Division[54][55] 10 May 1943[55]
Liebenwein, JosefJosef Liebenwein Heer 13-HOberleutnant[57] Chief of the 7./Sturm-Regiment 195[54][57] 7 April 1944[57]
Lieberich, Carl-AugustCarl-August Lieberich Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[57] Abschnittskommandant (sector commander) in the fortress St. Malô[58][Note 58] 11 August 1944[57]
Liebetrau, GerhardGerhard Liebetrau Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[57] Group leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 399[57][59] 11 March 1945[57]
Liebherr, HansHans Liebherr Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[57] Radio/wireless operator in the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 4[57][60] 27 July 1944[57]
Liebig, HerbertHerbert Liebig Heer 12-HLeutnant[57] Leader of the 3./Panzergrenader-Regiment 103[57][59] 9 December 1944[57]
Liebing, WalterWalter Liebing Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[57] Leader of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 23[57][59] 2 February 1945[57]
Liebisch, FranzFranz Liebisch Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer[Note 59] Squadron chief in the 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division "Florian Geyer"[59][Note 59] 9 February 1945[57]
Liebmann, EmilEmil Liebmann Heer 15-HMajor[57] Deputy leader of Jäger-Regiment 228[60][Note 60] 18 November 1944[57]
Liecke, KarlKarl Liecke?[Note 61] Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer and Oberstleutnant of the Schupo Commander of Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment 27 der SS[59][Note 62] 3 May 1945
Liedtke, Albert-GustavAlbert-Gustav Liedtke Heer 10-HFahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel[57] In the 6./Fahnenjunker-Regiment 1241[57][59] 15 March 1945*[57] Killed in action 11 March 1945[59]
Liedtke, BrunoBruno Liedtke[Note 63] Heer 12-HLeutnant[57] Leader of the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 151[57][59] 18 February 1945*[57] Killed in action 8 February 1945[59]
Liehl, LeopoldLeopold Liehl Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[57] Group leader in the 7./Panzergrenader-Regiment 10[57][59] 31 March 1943[57]
Liehr, FranzFranz Liehr Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[64] Group leader in Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 93[59][Note 64] 11 December 1944[64]
Lienau, DetlefDetlef Lienau Heer 14-HHauptmann[64] Commander of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 33[60][64] 9 May 1943[64]
Lier, FriedrichFriedrich Lier+ Heer 15-HMajor[64] Commander of Sturm-Bataillon AOK 6[59][64] 3 November 1944[64] Awarded (869th) Oak Leaves 8 May 1945?[Note 65]
Liese, HeinrichHeinrich Liese Heer 09-HWachtmeister[64] Platoon leader in the 2./Artillerie-Regiment 299[59][64] 14 April 1943[64]
Liese, [Dr.] Kurt-Günther[Dr.] Kurt-Günther Liese[Note 13] Heer 14-HHauptmann[64] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 309[59][64] 16 April 1943[64]
Liesendahl, FrankFrank Liesendahl Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[64] Staffelkapitän of the 10./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[59][Note 66] 4 September 1942*[64] Missing in action 17 July 1942[59]
Lieske, KurtKurt Lieske Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[64] Platoon leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 508[59][64] 2 September 1944[64]
Ließmann, HelmutHelmut Ließmann Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[64] Leader of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 731[59][64] 3 November 1944[64]
Liethmann, GünterGünter Liethmann Heer 14-HHauptmann[64] Chief of the 3./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237[60][64] 26 October 1943[64]
Lignitz, ArnoldArnold Lignitz Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[64] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 54[59][64] 5 November 1940[64]
Lilienhoff-Zwowitzki, Helmut vonHelmut von Lilienhoff-Zwowitzki Heer 17-HOberst[64] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 439[59][64] 14 August 1943[64]
Lilienthal, DiedrichDiedrich Lilienthal Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[66] Pak gun leader in the 1.(schwere)/Schnelle-Abteilung 290[67][Note 67] 2 April 1943[66]
Limbach, JohannesJohannes Limbach Kriegsmarine 12-LLeutnant zur See[66] 1st watch officer on U-181[66][67] 6 February 1945[66]
Limburg-Hetlingen, Enno-Erich vonEnno-Erich von Limburg-Hetlingen?[Note 68] Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 731[67] 3 May 1945
Limmer, HansHans Limmer Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[66] Reconnaissance troop leader in the 1.(Panzerspäh)/Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 7[67][Note 69] 27 October 1941[66]
Linde, RudolfRudolf Linde Heer 15-HMajor[66] Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 410[66][67] 8 May 1945[Note 70]
Lindemann, ErnstErnst Lindemann Kriegsmarine 17-MKapitän zur See[66] Commander of battleship Bismarck[66][67] 27 December 1941*[66] Killed in action 27 May 1941[67] Bundesarchiv Bild 101II-MN-1361-21A, Schlachtschiff Bismarck, Kapitän Ernst Lindemann.jpg
Lindemann, FritzFritz Lindemann?[Note 71] Heer 17-HOberst Artilleriekommandeur 138[67] 4 September 1941
Lindemann, GeorgGeorg Lindemann+ Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[66] Commander of the 36. Infanterie-Division[66][67] 5 August 1940[66] Awarded 275th Oak Leaves 21 August 1943[66] Bundesarchiv Bild 183-L08017, Georg Lindemann.jpg
Lindemann, GerhardGerhard Lindemann+ Heer 17-HOberst[66] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 216[66][67] 25 January 1943[66] Awarded 580th Oak Leaves 10 September 1944[66]
Lindemann, Karl-WilhelmKarl-Wilhelm Lindemann Heer 12-HLeutnant[66] Platoon leader in the 5./Panzer-Regiment 29[66][67] 14 April 1945[66]
Lindemann, MaxMax Lindemann Heer 14-HRittmeister of the Reserves[66] Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 48[66][67] 11 March 1945[66]
Lindenau, HansHans Lindenau Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[66] Tasked with the leadership of the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 1[67][Note 72] 17 March 1945[66]
Lindenau, Usdau (Daniel)Usdau (Daniel) Lindenau?[Note 73] Heer 16-HOberstleutnant im Generalstab (in the General Staff) Chief of staff of the IX. SS-Gebirgskorps[67] 10 February 1945
Lindenberg, FriedrichFriedrich Lindenberg Heer 13-HOberleutnant[66] Leader of the 5./Panzergrenader-Regiment 63[66][67] 30 January 1943[66]
Lindenblatt, HerbertHerbert Lindenblatt?[Note 74] Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Jäger-Regiment 750[67] 3 May 1945
Lindenmann, ViktorViktor Lindenmann Heer 12-HLeutnant[66] Adjutant in the III./Infanterie-Regiment 124[66][67] 21 September 1941[66]
Linder, HermannHermann Linder Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[70] Platoon leader and aide-de-camp in the II./Jäger-Regiment 207[67][70] 19 June 1943[70]
Linderkamp, HeinrichHeinrich Linderkamp Heer 15-HMajor[70] Commander of the III.(Jäger)/Grenadier-Regiment 17[67][70] 24 December 1944[70]
Lindhorst, WernerWerner Lindhorst Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[70] Chief of the 8.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 89[67][Note 75] 23 February 1944[70]
Lindig, MaxMax Lindig Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[70] Höherer Artilleriekommandeur 307[67][70] 27 July 1944[70]
Lindinger, EduardEduard Lindinger Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel[70] Pilot in the 7./Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"[67][70] 9 December 1942[70]
Lindmayr, AloisAlois Lindmayr Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[70] Staffelkapitän of the 7./Kampfgeschwader 76[70][71] 21 July 1940[70]
Lindner, AlfredAlfred Lindner Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[70] Platoon leader in the 9./Grenadier-Regiment 12[70][71] 18 January 1945[70]
Lindner, AntonAnton Lindner Heer 09-HWachtmeister[70] Platoon leader in the 3./Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 36[72][Note 76] 17 March 1944[70]
Lindner, AntonAnton Lindner Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[70] Pilot in the Stabsstaffel/Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[71][Note 77] 8 April 1944[70]
Lindner, GerhardGerhard Lindner Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[70] Commander of the 346. Infanterie-Division[70][71] 5 May 1945[70]
Lindner, HerbertHerbert Lindner Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[70] Group leader in the 6./Panzergrenader-Regiment 60[70][71] 28 July 1943[70]
Lindner, KurtKurt Lindner Heer 09-HFeldwebel[70] Platoon leader in the 11./Grenadier-Regiment 1055[70][71] 9 December 1944[70]
Lindner, MartinMartin Lindner Heer 13-HOberleutnant[73] Chief of the 7./Jäger-Regiment 741[71][73] 21 January 1945*[73] Killed in action 2 December 1944[73]
Lindner, OttoOtto Lindner Heer 15-HMajor[73] Leader of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 60 (motorized)[71][73] 19 March 1942[73]
Lingner, HansHans Lingner Heer 13-HOberleutnant[73] Chief of the 7./Infanterie-Regiment 65[71][73] 24 June 1940[73]
Linke, GottfriedGottfried Linke Heer 14-HHauptmann[73] Commander of the Heeres-Pionier-Bataillon 44 (motorized)[71][Note 78] 1 March 1945[73]
Linke, LotharLothar Linke Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[73] Staffelführer of the 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[71][Note 79] 19 September 1943*[73] Killed in parachute accident 14 May 1943[71]
Linke, RichardRichard Linke Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[73] Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Kampfgeschwader 54[71][73] 17 September 1941[73]
Linke, WalterWalter Linke Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[73] Wireless/radio operator in the 3./Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[71][73] 16 December 1944[73]
Linz, RudiRudi Linz Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[73] Pilot in the 12./Jagdgeschwader 5[71][73] 12 March 1945*[73] Killed in action 9 February 1945[71][Note 80]
Lion, Karl-HermannKarl-Hermann Lion Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[Note 81] Staffelkapitän of the 9./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1[71][73] 4 June 1942[73]
Lipfert, HelmutHelmut Lipfert+ Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant of the Reserves[Note 82] Staffelführer of the 6./Jagdgeschwader 52[72][73] 5 April 1944[73] Awarded 837th Oak Leaves 17 April 1945[73]
Lipinski, Dr.-Ing. HansDr.-Ing. Hans Lipinski Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves[73] Leader of the 1./SS-Flak-Abteilung 18[71][73] 2 January 1945[73]
Lipp, Hans-HermannHans-Hermann Lipp Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[73] Battalion leader in Fallschirmjäger-Regiment "Hübner"[71][Note 83] 31 October 1944*[73] Killed in action 11 September 1944[71][Note 83]
Lipp, KarlKarl Lipp Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[74] Pilot in the 4./Kampfgeschwader 55[71][74] 16 November 1942[74]
Lippe, HansHans Lippe[Note 84] Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[74] Platoon leader in Fallschirm-Panzergrenader-Regiment 1 "Hermann Göring"[71][74] 26 March 1945*[Note 84] Killed in action 16 January 1945[74]
Lippe-Weißenfeld, Egmont Prinz zurEgmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld+ Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[74] Staffelkapitän of the 5./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2[71][74] 16 April 1942[74] Awarded 263rd Oak Leaves 2 August 1943[74] Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2007-0221-500, Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld.jpg
Lippelt, RudolfRudolf Lippelt?[Note 85] Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the II./Artillerie-Regiment 371[71] 9 May 1945
Lippelt, WalterWalter Lippelt?[Note 86] Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the I./Panzergrenader-Regiment 8[71] 8 May 1945
Lippert, RolfRolf Lippert Heer 17-HOberst[74] Commander of Panzer-Regiment 31[71][74] 9 June 1944[74]
Lippert, WolfgangWolfgang Lippert Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[74] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 27[74][77] 24 September 1940[74]
Lippolt, WalterWalter Lippolt Heer 09-HFeldwebel[74] Platoon leader in the 1./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 240[74][77] 4 March 1942[74]
Liss, ErhardErhard Liss Heer 14-HHauptmann[74] Chief of the 5./Sturm-Regiment 195[74][77] 30 April 1945[74]
List, FranzFranz List Heer 14-HHauptmann[74] Commander of the II./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 144[74][77] 3 March 1943[74]
List, HansHans List Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[74] Company leader in Feldersatz-Bataillon 94[74][77] 26 December 1944[74]
List, WilhelmWilhelm List Heer 21-HGeneraloberst[74] Commander-in-chief of the 14. Armee[74][77] 30 September 1939[74]
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S36487, Wilhelm List.jpg
Litjens, StefanStefan Litjens Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[74] Pilot in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 53[74][77] 21 June 1943[74]
Littmann, WalterWalter Littmann Heer 14-HHauptmann[78] Leader of the I./Panzergrenader-Regiment 8[77][78] 17 April 1945[78]
Litzke, ErichErich Litzke Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[78] Platoon leader in the 2./schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509[77][78] 20 October 1944[78]
Lobmeyer, JakobJakob Lobmeyer?[Note 87] Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Commander of SS-Jäger-Panzer-Abteilung 561[83] 28 April 1945
Loch, HerbertHerbert Loch Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[78] Commander of the 17. Infanterie-Division[77][78] 16 June 1940[78]
Lodtka, HeinrichHeinrich Lodtka Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[78] Platoon leader in the 8.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 82[77][Note 88] 27 September 1943[78]
Loebel, WalterWalter Loebel Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant im Generalstab (in the General Staff)[Note 89] Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 30[77][78] 29 July 1940[78]
Loebenstein von Aigenhorst, Gottfried FreiherrGottfried Freiherr Loebenstein von Aigenhorst Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[78] Chief of the 13.(IG)/Grenadier-Regiment 133[77][Note 90] 30 April 1943*[78] Killed in action 22 April 1943[77]
Loechner, RudolfRudolf Löchner Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[78] Leader of the 3.(schwere)/Schnelle-Abteilung 161[77][Note 91] 5 July 1943[78]
Loeffelbein, GüntherGünther Löffelbein Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[78] Staffelkapitän in the I./Kampfgeschwader 51[77][78] 19 September 1943[78]
Loeffler, AlfredAlfred Löffler Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[78] Platoon leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 487[77][78] 20 April 1943[78]
Loeffler, EmilEmil Löffler Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[78] Platoon leader in the 4.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 460[77][Note 92] 12 November 1943*[78] Killed in action 25 October 1943[77]
Loeffler, ErichErich Löffler Heer 14-HHauptmann[78] Commander of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 57[77][78] 7 October 1942[78]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2001-005-04A, Erich Löffler.jpg
Loeffler, RolfRolf Loeffler Heer 14-HHauptmann[78] Chief of the 10./Infanterie-Regiment 70[77][78] 14 September 1942[78]
Loehr, AlexanderAlexander Löhr+ Luftwaffe 20-LGeneral der Flieger[84] Chief of Luftflotte 4[77][84] 30 September 1939[84] Awarded 705th Oak Leaves 20 January 1945[84] Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2008-0915-500, Alexander Löhr.jpg
Loehr, ErichErich Löhr Heer 17-HOberst[84] Deputy leader of the 121. Infanterie-Division[77][Note 93] 12 August 1944[84]
Loeper, Friedrich-Wilhelm vonFriedrich-Wilhelm von Loeper Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[84] Commander of the 10. Infanterie-Division (motorized)[77][84] 29 September 1941[84]
Loer, WilhelmWilhelm Loer Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[84] Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 311[84][85] 26 December 1943[84]
Loering, HeinrichHeinrich Löring Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[84] Adjutant in the Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 118[84][85] 7 April 1944[84]
Loerzer, BrunoBruno Loerzer Luftwaffe 19-LGeneralleutnant[84] Commanding general of the II. Fliegerkorps[84][85] 29 May 1940[84]
Loesch, ErnstErnst Loesch Heer 15-HMajor[84] Commander of the I./Panzergrenader-Regiment 1[84][85] 14 May 1944[84]
Loesecke, Hans vonHans von Lösecke Heer 14-HHauptmann[84] Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 90 (motorized)[84][85] 8 February 1943[84]
Loeser, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Löser Heer 14-HHauptmann[84] Commander of the III./Füsilier-Regiment 230[84][85] 20 January 1943[84]
Loesing, WernerWerner Lösing Heer 03-HGefreiter[84] Rifle leader in the 12.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 67[85][Note 94] 29 February 1944[84]
Loewe, ErichErich Löwe+ Heer 14-HHauptmann[84] Chief of the 3./Panzer-Abteilung 65[84][85] 4 September 1940[84] Awarded 385th Oak Leaves 8 February 1944[84] Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-208-0030-29, Russland-Nord, Offizier der Panzertruppe.jpg
Loewer, Dipl.-Ing. KurtDipl.-Ing. Kurt Loewer Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän of the Reserves[84] Chief of the 11. Vorpostenflottille[84][86] 24 June 1944[84]
Loewrick, KarlKarl Löwrick+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[87] Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 272[85][87] 5 August 1940[87] Awarded 247th Oak Leaves 17 May 1943[87]
Lohmann, Hanns-HeinrichHanns-Heinrich Lohmann+ Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer Commander of the III./SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenader-Regiment 23 "Norge"[85] 12 March 1944 Awarded (872nd) Oak Leaves 9 May 1945?[Note 95]
Lohmeyer, Hans-GeorgHans-Georg Lohmeyer Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[87] Staffelführer of the 6./Schlachtgeschwader 77[85][Note 96] 6 October 1944[87]
Lohmeyer, KarlKarl Lohmeyer Heer 17-HOberst[87] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 505[85][87] 15 July 1941[87]
Lohrey, ChristianChristian Lohrey Heer 03-HGefreiter[87] Company troop messenger in the 3./Panzergrenader-Regiment 41[85][87] 11 March 1945[87]
Lohß, MartinMartin Lohß Heer 14-HHauptmann[87] Commander of the I./Füsilier-Regiment 34[85][87] 28 July 1944[87]
Loibl, LambertLambert Loibl Heer 04-HObergefreiter[87] Richtschütze (gunner) in the 1./Panzergrenader-Regiment 33[86][87] 9 June 1944[87]
Lombard, GustavGustav Lombard Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer[Note 97] Commander of SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 1[86][87] 10 March 1943[87]
Gustav Lombard.jpg
Loos, GeorgGeorg Loos Heer 12-HLeutnant[Note 98] Platoon leader in the 1./Pionier-Bataillon 152[85][87] 23 November 1941[87]
Loos, GerhardGerhard Loos Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[87] Staffelführer of the 8./Jagdgeschwader 54[85][Note 99] 5 February 1944[87]
Loos, WalterWalter Loos Heer 13-HOberleutnant[87] Leader of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 130[85][87] 31 March 1943[87]
Loos, WalterWalter Loos Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[87] Pilot in the Stab/Jagdgeschwader 300[85][87] 20 April 1945[87]
Loos, WilhelmWilhelm Loos Heer 13-HOberleutnant[88] Chief of the 10./Grenadier-Regiment 76 (motorized)[85][88] 21 April 1944[88]
Loose, OttoOtto Loose Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[88] Gun leader in the 14.(Panzerjäger)/Grenadier-Regiment 507[85][Note 100] 4 November 1943[88]
Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-089-3779-07, Russland, Feldwebel mit Orden.jpg
Lorch, AntonAnton Lorch Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[88] Commander of Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 144[88][89] 4 June 1944[88]
Lorch, HerbertHerbert Lorch Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[88] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"[88][89] 5 January 1943*[88] Killed in action 19 August 1942[89]
Lorenz, AlfredAlfred Lorenz Heer 09-HFeldwebel[88] Aide-de-camp of the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 485[88][89] 4 October 1944[88]
Lorenz, ErichErich Lorenz+ Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[88] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 287[88][89] 14 November 1943[88] Awarded 467th Oak Leaves 4 May 1944[88]
Lorenz, FranzFranz Lorenz Heer 12-HLeutnant[88] Leader of 5./Grenadier-Regiment 586[88][89] 4 May 1944[88]
Lorenz, FriedrichFriedrich Lorenz Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[88] Staffelkapitän of the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1[88][89] 31 July 1943*[88] Killed in action 17 July 1943[89]
Lorenz, HerbertHerbert Lorenz Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[88] Platoon leader in the 4.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 530[89][Note 101] 4 May 1944[88]
Lorenz, KarlKarl Lorenz+ Heer 15-HMajor[88] Commander of Pionier-Bataillon "Großdeutschland"[88][90] 17 December 1942[88] Awarded 395th Oak Leaves 12 February 1944[88]
Lorenz, WilhelmWilhelm Lorenz Heer 17-HOberst[88] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 376[88][89] 28 December 1942[88]
Lorenzen, BernhardBernhard Lorenzen Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[88] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 121[88][89] 3 April 1943[88]
Lorenzen, KarlKarl Lorenzen Heer 09-HFeldwebel[91] Platoon leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 377[89][91] 9 December 1944[91]
Lorfing, ArturArtur Lorfing?[Note 102] Heer 04-HObergefreiter In the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 956[89] 9 May 1945
Losigkeit, FritzFritz Losigkeit Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[91] Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[89][91] 28 April 1945[91]
Loßberg, Viktor vonViktor von Loßberg Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[91] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Kampfgeschwader 26[89][91] 17 October 1941[91]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1977-020-03A, Viktor v. Lossberg.jpg
Loth, HansHans Loth Heer 12-HLeutnant[91] Platoon leader in the 10./Infanterie-Regiment 203[89][Note 103] 25 July 1942[91]
Lotse, ChristianChristian Lotse[Note 104] Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[91] Battery chief in the I./Flak-Regiment 231 (motorized)[89][Note 105] 4 February 1942[91]
Lotter, HansHans Lotter Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[Note 106] Observer in the 11.(H)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 12[89][Note 106] 28 January 1945[91]
Lottner, KurtKurt Lottner Heer 17-HOberst[91] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 111[89][91] 14 October 1943[91]
Lotze, GerhardGerhard Lotze Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer[91] Leader of the 5./SS-Panzergrenader-Regiment 10 "Westland"[89][91] 1 February 1945*[91] Killed in action 13 October 1944[89]
Lotze, Dr. HeinzDr. Heinz Lotze?[Note 107] Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the I./Panzergrenader-Regiment "Kahle" (Panzer-Truppen-Schule Bergen) in the Kampfgruppe "Grosan"[89] 9 May 1945
Lublow, WilliWilli Lublow Heer 04-HObergefreiter[91] Group leader in the 14./Grenadier-Regiment 284[89][91] 27 July 1944[91]
Lucas, WernerWerner Lucas Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel[91] Pilot in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[89][91] 19 September 1942[91]
Lucht, ErnstErnst Lucht Kriegsmarine 18-MKonteradmiral[91] Befehlshaber der Sicherung der Nordsee (Commander-in-Chief of the security of the North Sea)[91][93] 17 January 1945[91]
Lucht, WalterWalter Lucht+[Note 108] Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[94] Commander of the 336. Infanterie-Division[93][94] 30 January 1943[94] Awarded 691st Oak Leaves 9 January 1945[94] Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-236-1029-30A, Russland, Walther Lucht.jpg
Luchtenberg, GünterGünter Luchtenberg Luftwaffe 11-LStabsfeldwebel[94] Observer in the 2.(H)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 6[93][Note 109] 6 December 1944[94]
Luck und Witten, Hans-Ulrich vonHans-Ulrich von Luck und Witten Heer 15-HMajor[94] Leader of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 125[94][95] 8 August 1944[94]
Lucke, Claus vonClaus von Lucke Heer 12-HLeutnant[Note 110] Platoon leader in the 9./Panzer-Regiment 18[93][94] 31 August 1941[94]
Luckmann, ErichErich Luckmann Luftwaffe 04-LObergefreiter[94] Gun leader in the 3./Flak-Regiment 241 (motorized)[93][Note 111] 21 December 1942[94]
Luczny, AlfonsAlfons Luczny Luftwaffe 19-LGeneralleutnant[94] Commander of the 2. Flak-Division (motorized)[93][Note 112] 9 June 1944[94]
Ludigkeit, GünterGünter Ludigkeit Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[94] Staffelkapitän of the 5./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[93][94] 26 March 1944[94]
Ludin, HermannHermann Ludin Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[94] Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 290[93][94] 23 October 1944[94]
Ludwig, FranzFranz Ludwig Heer 13-HOberleutnant[94] Chief of the 2./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1346[93][94] 24 June 1944[94]
Ludwig, HannsHanns Ludwig Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel[94] Pilot in the 10.(Panzer)/Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[93][94] 8 August 1944[94]
Ludwig, JürgenJürgen Ludwig Heer 13-HOberleutnant[94] Chief of the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 74[93][Note 113] 20 February 1943[94]
Ludwiger, Hartwig vonHartwig von Ludwiger+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[96] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 83[93][96] 15 July 1941[96] Awarded 163rd Oak Leaves 23 December 1942[96]
Luebbe, VollrathVollrath Lübbe Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[96] Commander of the 2. Panzer-Division[93][96] 17 August 1943[96]
Luebke, RobertRobert Lübke Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[96] Platoon leader in the 1./Panzergrenader-Regiment 25[93][96] 7 January 1944[96]
Luecke, Max-HermannMax-Hermann Lücke Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[96] Pilot in the 9./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[93][96] 6 April 1944*[96] Died of wounds 8 November 1943[93]
Luecken, Theodor vonTheodor von Lücken+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant[96] Leader of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 502[93][96] 2 March 1942[96] Awarded 469th Oak Leaves 7 May 1944[96]
Luedcke, HugoHugo Lüdcke Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[96] Leader of the 8./Jäger-Regiment 28[93][96] 9 February 1943[96]
Lueddecke, FritzFritz Lüddecke Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[96] Pilot in the Stabsstaffel/Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[93][96] 18 November 1944*[96] Killed in action 10 August 1944[93]
Luedden, SiegfriedSiegfried Lüdden Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[96] Commander of U-188[93][96] 11 February 1944[96]
Luedecke, Otto-JoachimOtto-Joachim Lüdecke Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[96] Commander of the 56. Infanterie-Division[96][97] 8 August 1943[96]
Lueders, FriedrichFriedrich Lüders Heer 14-HHauptmann[96] Chief of the 2./schwere Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 654[96][97] 30 September 1944[96]
Luedke, ErnstErnst Lüdke Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[Note 114] Leader of the 2./gemischte Flak-Abteilung 241[96][97] 5 September 1944[96]
Luedtke, ErwinErwin Luedtke Heer 10-HFahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel[98] Platoon leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 502[97][98] 15 May 1944[98]
Luehne, RichardRichard Lühne Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[98] Vorgeschobener Beobachter (forward observer) in Artillerie-Regiment 389[97][98] 28 October 1944[98]
Luehr, ArthurArthur Lühr Heer 10-HOberwachtmeister[98] Battery officer in the 6./Artillerie-Regiment 225[97][98] 10 February 1945[98]
Luehrs, WolfgangWolfgang Luehrs Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[98] Staffelkapitän of the 2./Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor"[97][Note 115] 24 October 1944[98]
Lueke, WilliWilli Lüke Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[98] Group leader in the 3./Pionier-Bataillon 196[97][98] 16 November 1944[98]
Luelfing, HaraldHarald Lülfing Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[98] Commander of Füsilier-Bataillon 7[97][Note 116] 28 October 1944[98]
Lueneburg, PaulPaul Lüneburg Heer 17-HOberst of the Reserves[98] Commander of Artillerie-Regiment 126[97][98] 5 September 1944[98]
Luengen, SiegfriedSiegfried Lüngen Waffen-SS 10-WSS-Hauptscharführer[98] Deputy leader of the 6./SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenader-Regiment 23 "Norge"[97][Note 117] 16 November 1944[98]
Lueth, WolfgangWolfgang Lüth+ Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant zur See[98] Commander of U-138[97][98] 24 October 1940[98] Awarded 142nd Oak Leaves 13 November 1942
29th Swords 15 April 1943
7th Diamonds 9 August 1943[98]
Luetje, Heinz-JürgenHeinz-Jürgen Lütje Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[98] Leader of the 2./Infanterie-Regiment 76 (motorized)[97][98] 18 October 1941[98]
Luetje, HerbertHerbert Lütje+ Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[98] Staffelkapitän of the 8./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[97][98] 1 June 1943[98] Awarded 836th Oak Leaves 17 April 1945[98] Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2008-0505-501, Herbert Lütje.jpg
Luetjens, GüntherGünther Lütjens Kriegsmarine 19-MVizeadmiral[99] Befehlshaber der Aufklärenden Streitkräfte (Commander-in-Chief of the reconnaissance forces)[97][99] 14 June 1940[99]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2003-0027, Günter Lütjens.jpg
Luettichau, Hannibal vonHannibal von Lüttichau Heer 14-HHauptmann[99] Commander of the II./Panzer-Regiment 2[97][99] 16 January 1945[99]
Luettwitz, Heinrich Freiherr vonHeinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz+ Heer 17-HOberst[99] Commander of Schützen-Regiment 59[97][99] 27 May 1942[99] Awarded 571st Oak Leaves 3 September 1944[99]
(157th) Swords 9 May 1945?[Note 118]
Luettwitz, Smilo Freiherr vonSmilo Freiherr von Lüttwitz+ Heer 17-HOberst[99] Commander of Schützen-Regiment 12[97][99] 14 January 1942[99] Awarded 426th Oak Leaves 16 March 1944
76th Swords 4 July 1944[99]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1984-019-03, Smilo von Lüttwitz.jpg
Luetzow, GüntherGünther Lützow+ Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[99] Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 3[97][99] 18 September 1940[99] Awarded 27th Oak Leaves 20 July 1941
4th Swords 11 October 1941[99]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2006-0126, Günther Lützow.jpg
Luetzow, Kurt-Jürgen Freiherr vonKurt-Jürgen Freiherr von Lützow+ Heer 17-HOberst[99] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 89[99][100] 15 August 1940[99] Awarded 37th Oak Leaves 21 October 1941[99]
Luetzow, JoachimJoachim Lützow Heer 13-HOberleutnant[99] Chief of Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 667[99][100] 4 November 1941[99]
Luhr, HansHans Luhr Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[99] Pilot in the 7./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[99][100] 29 February 1944[99]
Luitjens, WalterWalter Luitjens Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[Note 119] Leader of the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 151[99][100] 3 September 1943[99]
Lukas, KurtKurt Lukas Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[99] Platoon leader in the 5./Grenadier-Regiment 1124[100][Note 120] 17 March 1945*[99] Died of wounds 2 March 1945[99]
Lukesch, DietherDiether Lukesch+ Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant[99] Pilot in the 7./Kampfgeschwader 76[99][101] 20 December 1941[99] Awarded 620th Oak Leaves 10 October 1944[99]
Lummel, HansHans Lummel Heer 04-HObergefreiter[102] Company messenger in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 333[100][102] 16 October 1944[102]
Lumpp, JosefJosef Lumpp Heer 09-HFeldwebel[102] Platoon leader in the 2./Grenadier-Regiment 358[100][Note 121] 18 January 1945[102]
Lumpp, Karl-WilliKarl-Willi Lumpp Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[102] Leader of the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 226[100][102] 18 July 1943[102]
Luthardt, HansHans Luthardt Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[102] Leader of Divisions Stoßtrupp-Kompanie 302[100][Note 122] 31 July 1943[102]
Lutsch, WaldemarWaldemar Lutsch Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[102] Staffelkapitän of the 1.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 121[100][Note 123] 19 September 1943*[102] Killed in action 4 September 1943[100]
Lutter, JohannesJohannes Lutter Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[102] Pilot in the II./Schnellkampfgeschwader 210[100][102] 5 October 1941[102]
Lutz, Johannes (Hans)Johannes (Hans) Lutz Heer 12-HLeutnant[102] Platoon leader in the Divisions-Begleit-Kompanie of the 116. Panzer-Division[100][102] 9 December 1944[102]
Lutz, MartinMartin Lutz Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[102] Staffelkapitän of the 1./Zerstörergeschwader 1[100][Note 124] 1 October 1940*[102] Killed in action 27 September 1940[100]
Lutz, WaldemarWaldemar Lutz Heer 14-HHauptmann[102] Chief of the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 245[100][102] 2 October 1942*[102] Killed in action 15 September 1942[100]
Lutze, HelmutHelmut Lutze Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[102] Platoon leader in the 1./Kradschützen-Bataillon 64[100][102] 2 October 1942[102]
Lutze, WernerWerner Lutze Heer 14-HHauptmann[102] Commander of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 169[100][102] 24 July 1941[102]
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B07200, Major Werner Lutze.jpg
Lux, WalterWalter Lux Heer 15-HMajor[102] Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 316[100][102] 10 July 1944[Note 125]
Luxenburger, JosefJosef Luxenburger Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[103] Oberserver in the 4./Kampfgeschwader 55[100][103] 3 April 1943[103]
Luz, HelwigHelwig Luz Heer 17-HOberst[103] Commander of Schützen-Regiment 110[100][103] 15 November 1941[103]
Luz, KarlKarl Luz Heer 14-HHauptmann[103] Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 850[100][103] 23 August 1944[103]
Lyhme, KonradKonrad Lyhme Heer 14-HHauptmann[103] Leader of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 50[100][103] 9 October 1942[103]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Großadmiral and President of Germany Karl Dönitz, Hitler's successor as Head of State (Staatsoberhaupt) and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, had ordered the cessation of all promotions and awards as of 11 May 1945 (Dönitz-decree). Consequently the last Knight's Cross awarded to Oberleutnant zur See of the Reserves Georg-Wolfgang Feller on 17 June 1945 must therefore be considered a de facto but not de jure hand-out.[2]
  2. ^ For an explanation of the various naming schemes used by the Luftwaffe, Heer, Kriegsmarine and Waffen-SS refer to nomenclature used by the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS.
  3. ^ The brackets around the professor and doctor title [Prof. Dr.] denotes that the academic title was attained after the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded.
  4. ^ According to Scherzer as Major.[15]
  5. ^ Heinz-Oskar Laebe's nomination was prepared for signature by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) by the end of the war. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was present in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date is an assumption of the AKCR. Laebe was a member of the AKCR.[17]
  6. ^ a b According to Scherzer name is spelled Walther Lämmel, who received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross as Oberleutnant of the Reserves.[18]
  7. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the II./Schlachtgeschwader 2.[18]
  8. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 28. Jäger-Division.[18]
  9. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Grenadier-Regiment 419.[20]
  10. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of leichte Flak-Abteilung 76 (motorized).[20]
  11. ^ According to Scherzer on 21 November 1942.[20]
  12. ^ Christian-Johannes Landau's nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 28 April 1945. Major Joachim Domaschk approved the nomination on 6 May 1945. The book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) contains a note "postponed". The reason for this was that his division together with Heeresgruppe B had been annihilated in the Ruhr Pocket, the whereabouts of its commanding officer was unknown. The nomination was therefore not processed in accordance with AHA 44 Ziff. 572 (Allgemeines Heeresamt — General Army Office). A presentation was never made. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[22]
  13. ^ a b c d e The brackets around the doctor title [Dr.] denotes that the academic title was attained after the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded.
  14. ^ According to Scherzer as battery officer in the 2./Flak-Regiment 19 (motorized).[20]
  15. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot and technical officer in the I./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[23]
  16. ^ According to Scherzer 148th Oak Leaves on 28 November 1942.[23]
  17. ^ According to Scherzer as observer in the Nahaufklärungsstaffel 11.(H)/12.[23]
  18. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon (Aufklärungs-Abteilung) 68.[23]
  19. ^ According to Scherzer as Meldestaffelführer (messenger squad leader) in the I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 "Thule".[23]
  20. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader of the 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2.[23]
  21. ^ According to Scherzer as chief in a Sonderkommando (special assignment commando) of the OKW, Amtsgruppe Auslandsnachrichten und Abwehr (office group foreign intelligence and defense), Abwehr-Abteilung II (2nd Defense Department).[25]
  22. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon (A.A.) 299.[25]
  23. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee.[28]
  24. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the IV./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders".[25]
  25. ^ According to Scherzer as Stabsarzt.[25]
  26. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 5./SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11.[29]
  27. ^ According to Scherzer as Stabsoffizier Panzerabwehr (staff officer for tank defense) of a Heeresgruppe [H?].[29]
  28. ^ a b According to Scherzer as SS-Sturmbannführer of the Reserves and commander of the SS-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 20.[30]
  29. ^ According to Scherzer as Hauptmann.[30]
  30. ^ According to Scherzer as group leader in the 8./Grenadier-Regiment 44.[30]
  31. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 8./Infanterie-Regiment 190.[30]
  32. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Divisionsgruppe 323 (Kampfgruppe "Latz").[33]
  33. ^ According to Scherzer on 24 June 1941.[34]
  34. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the II./SS-Panzergrenader-Regiment "Theodor Eicke".[37]
  35. ^ Oskar Laupenmühlen nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 20 March 1945 as a teleprinter message. The registry containing the approved or rejected nominations or deferred nominations contains his file card. Major Joachim Domaschk approved the nomination on 2 April 1945. The book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) lists him with an entry date 19 April 1945. The file contains no further evidence of the approval or presentation of the award. A presentation cannot be verified. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[28]
  36. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the I./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders".[37]
  37. ^ According to Scherzer as Hauptmann of the Reserves.[37]
  38. ^ Author Clemens Range dates Hans Lehmann's Knight's Cross on 8 June 1945, thus after the effectiveness of the Dönitz-decree. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel, author of Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945, indicates that Lehmann received the Knight's Cross on 11 May 1945, before the Dönitz-decree prohibited the awarding of the Knight's Cross. Scherzer dates the Knight's Cross on 7 May 1945.[38][39][41]
  39. ^ According to Scherzer as company leader in the Divisions-Kampfschule/Fallschirm-Panzer-Division "Hermann Göring".[39]
  40. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal 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 "862" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Lehmann was member of the AKCR.[43]
  41. ^ According to Scherzer as observer in the 6./Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor".[42]
  42. ^ According to Scherzer as Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 3.[42]
  43. ^ According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant.[45]
  44. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the Stab/Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen".[45]
  45. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 3.[46]
  46. ^ According to Scherzer as Major (Ergänzungsoffizier—Supplementary Officer).[46] Supplementary Officers were officers of the former army or Reichsheer, who were re-hired during the expansion of the Wehrmacht.[47]
  47. ^ a b According to Scherzer on 11 June 1944 as Staffelführer in the I./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen".[46]
  48. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet".[46]
  49. ^ According to Scherzer on 19 September 1942.[46]
  50. ^ Hans Lennartz nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 13 April 1945. Major Joachim Domaschk approved the nomination on 14 April. A Heerespersonalamt-Verleihungsvorschlag (HPA-VV—Army Staff Office Nomination Recommendation) Nr. 5083 was created and forwarded on 19 April. Wilhelm Burgdorf approved the nomination on 20 April but did not present it to Adolf Hitler anymore. The nomination was left unfinished in Burgdorf's office in the Führerbunker at Reich Chancellery and was later taken as a souvenir by an US-officer. The author Veit Scherzer received a copy of the nomination out of the United States in 2007. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[50]
  51. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelkapitän of the 4./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[49]
  52. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the I.(gepanzert)/Panzergrenader-Regiment 192.[49]
  53. ^ According to Scherzer as Artilleriekommandeur 6 and leader of a Kampfgruppe of the XI. Armeekorps in the Stalingrad pocket.[49]
  54. ^ No evidence regarding Jacques Leroy's nomination can be found in the German Federal Archive. A presentation, as assumed by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel, by the chief of the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) Wilhelm Burgdorf, is very unlikely because the 28th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Wallonien was deployed in Pomerania with the Army Group Vistula in March/April 1945 and not in or near Berlin. The author was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). The presentation, according to Krätschmer, was confirmed by the former adjutant to the divisional commander in 1957 and divisional commander in 1973. Fellgiebel himself, in a letter dated 31 August 1976, considered this evidence as Quatsch (a hoke or nuts). Leroy was a member of the AKCR.[52]
  55. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the 1.(K)/Lehrgeschwader 1.[53]
  56. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Walther-Peer Fellgiebel the Knight's Cross was presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it an unlawful presentation. Fellgiebel states the sources Hermann Buch and Wilhelm Kment. Buch had nothing to do with this presentation (note from 25 June 2004). The 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking was not under the command of Dietrich in the respective timeframe. Krätschmer presents a presentation date of 25 March 1945 and von Seemen the 25 April 1945.[56] Fellgiebel has changed this to the 6 May 1945. It has to be speculated whether Fellgiebel did this to hide the presentation among the Dietrich awards. Unfortunately Karl-Heinz Lichte, member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR), did nothing to help clarify the situation. Two letters from the general manager of the AKCR had been sent to Lichte, the first on 24 July 2004 and the second on 22 August 2004.[52]
  57. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Flak-Regiment 104.[55]
  58. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the staff military supply chain management of the Channel Islands and commander of a defensive sector in the fortress St. Malô.[57]
  59. ^ a b According to Scherzer as SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves and Oberstleutnant of the Schupo and leader of a squadron in the 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division "Florian Geyer".[57]
  60. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Jäger-Regiment 228.[57]
  61. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Presumably the Knight's Cross was awarded on the same day as Desiderius Hampel's and Hans Hanke's, as stated in a letter from Krätschmer to von Seemen dated 7 August 1980. According to von Seemen the award was presented by General Maximilian de Angelis.[61] Walther-Peer Fellgiebel accepted Karl Liecke as Knight's Cross recipient but noted in his book: "A justification for the presentation was not given".[62] Liecke was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[63]
  62. ^ According to Scherzer the unit is referred to as Waffen-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment der SS 27 (kroat. Nr. 1).[52]
  63. ^ According to Scherzer last name is spelled Bruno Liedtcke.[57]
  64. ^ According to Scherzer as group leader in 3./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 93.[64]
  65. ^ The OB Nordwest (Commander-in-chief North-West) submitted five approved nominations to the Führungsstab "A" (OKW/WFSt Oberkommando der Wehrmacht/Wehrmacht-Führungsstab leadership staff of the Army High Command) on 2 May 1945. Four of these nominations were submitted via teleprinter message, these were Friedrich Anding, Heinz Lotze, (Johann-)Nepomuk Stützle and Gustav Walle, and Friedrich Lier's nomination for the Oak Leaves via messenger. The reason for why not all five nominations had been submitted via teleprinter message is that Anding had destroyed six or more enemy tanks in close combat. The prerequisites of Führeranordnung (Führer decree) of 7 March 1945 had therefore been met and no further explanation or details were needed. Scherzer assumes that this must have been different in Lier's case and more details describing his actions including drawings had been created. This type of nomination was difficult to submit via teleprinter message and a messenger was sent. This nomination was never received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office). Lier is not listed on the list of awarded Knight's Crosses, which in some cases was also used as a nomination entry list, the four nominations are listed. Also missing is the original nomination, the teleprinter messages on the other hand have prevailed. A nomination, which was never received, cannot be judged. A presentation cannot be proven. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1975 on behalf of a relative of Lier and decided: 869th Oak Leaves yes, 8 May 1945. The sequential number and date were assigned by the AKCR. Lier was a member of the AKCR. Lier never received news about the Oak Leaves presentation before he died on 18 August 1974.[65]
  66. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelkapitän of the 10.(Jabo)/Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen".[64]
  67. ^ According to Scherzer as gun leader of a PAK in the 1./Schnelle-Abteilung 290.[66]
  68. ^ There is no evidence of a nomination or presentation of the Knight's Cross to Enno-Erich von Limburg-Hetlingen in the German Federal Archives. The files of the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) hold no record of Von Limburg-Hetlingen's case. His personal files also hold no proof. Von Seemen states as a source: "Informed by the head of OKW/PA/P5 Oberst Steuer".[61] The family owns a copy of a written testimony from General Hans Kreysing dated 15 April 1945, which indicates that Kreysing had nominated Von Limburg-Hetlingen for the Knight's Cross in early April 1945. Von Limburg-Hetlingen had been mentioned in the daily Wehrmachtbericht (armed forces report) on 7 April 1945. The nomination for the Knight's Cross did not survive the war and its receipt cannot be verified. There is no record in the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses). A Heerespersonalamt-Verleihungsvorschlag (HPA-VV—Army Staff Office Nomination Recommendation) was not created. The presentation date is an assumption of the AKCR.[65]
  69. ^ According to Scherzer as reconnaissance troop leader in the 1./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 7.[66]
  70. ^ According to Scherzer on 5 May 1945.[66]
  71. ^ In absence from the proceedings, the fleeing Fritz Lindemann was deprived of all honors, ranks and orders and dishonourably discharged from the Heer on 4 August 1944, in connection with the 20 July plot, the failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He died before his case was brought before the Volksgerichtshof (People's Court).[68]
  72. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 1./Greandier-Regiment 1.[66]
  73. ^ Major Joachim Domaschk responded on 26 March 1945 to an inquiry dated 19 March 1945 of the Heeresgruppe Süd, department IIa (divisional adjutant for personnel matters of the officers): "A nomination for the Knight's Cross for Oberstleutnant im Generalstab Lindenau has not been submitted. The Knight's Cross was not awarded to him." Presumably the presentation date was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Lindenau was a member of the AKCR.[68]
  74. ^ No evidence regarding the presentation of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Herbert Lindenblatt can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Von Seemen and Walther-Peer Fellgiebel in compliance with the empowerment for autonomous presentations by Heeresgruppe E.[69] There is no evidence in the files of the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Veit Scherzer states that he has no clue on what grounds the AKCR accepted Lindenblatt.[68]
  75. ^ According to Scherzer as chief of the 8./Grenadier-Regiment 89.[70]
  76. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 3./Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon (A.A.) 36.[70]
  77. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the I./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders".[70]
  78. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the Heeres-Pionier-Bataillon 44.[73]
  79. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelkapitän of the 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1.[73]
  80. ^ According to Scherzer on 17 February 1945.[73]
  81. ^ According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant of the Reserves.[73]
  82. ^ According to Scherzer as Leutnant (war officer).[73]
  83. ^ a b According to Scherzer as battalion leader in Fallschirmjäger-Regiment "Hübner" [alarm unit; deployed in Arnhem] who was killed in action on 10 September 1944.[73]
  84. ^ a b According to Scherzer first name is "Gottfried Rudolph" and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was dated on 28 February 1945.[74]
  85. ^ Rudolf Lippelt's nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 15 April 1945. A file card in the registry for approved or rejected nominations was created. Major Joachim Domaschk requested a statement from one of Lippelt's commanding officers in the command chain on 15 April. Major Domaschk approved the nomination on 7 May 1945 and noted: "Knight's Cross yes". There is no evidence that this nomination was further processed. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[75]
  86. ^ According to Scherzer Walter Lippelt never existed. The radio transmission must have been distorted and refers to Hauptmann Walter Littmann.[76]
  87. ^ Jakob Lobmeyer may have received a lawful presentation via the command chain via the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) Wilhelm Burgdorf in Berlin. Also probable is a direct presentation from Adolf Hitler. However, no evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Veit Scherzer was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). The order commission of the AKCR handled this case in 1973. In the 1980s Lobmeyer also claimed and requested to have received the German Cross in Gold as well as the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel stated in a letter dated 17 December 1987: "Lobmeyer had never received the German Cross nor the Oak Leaves. He is already very well off that we list him under article 8 [a footnote in Fellgiebel's book] and keep things quiet, that he may have received the Knight's Cross in the timeframe 20 April to 30 April 1945." In the same letter he refers to Lobmeyer as Spinner (a wacko or crank). Ernst-Günther Krätschmer lists him with an approval date of 20 April 1945 and a presentation date of 28 April 1945. Gerhard von Seemen noted: "Presentation was made after the radio message receipt from commanding general SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln of the V. SS Mountain Corps."[79] SS-Obersturmführer Lobmeyer had been nominated for the Honor Roll in March by the Heeresgruppe Mitte. This nomination had been approved but the presentation was never made. Lobmeyer was a member of the AKCR.[80][81][82]
  88. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 8./Grenadier-Regiment 82.[78]
  89. ^ According to Scherzer as Oberstleutnant.[78]
  90. ^ According to Scherzer as chief of the 13./Grenadier-Regiment 133.[78]
  91. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 3./Schnelle-Abteilung 161.[78]
  92. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 4./Grenadier-Regiment 460.[78]
  93. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 121. Infanterie-Division.[84]
  94. ^ According to Scherzer as rifle leader in the 12./Grenadier-Regiment 67.[84]
  95. ^ The nomination was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) from the troop on 25 March 1943 and was approved by the commanding general of the III. (germ.) SS-Panzerkorps. Missing is the approval from the commander-in-chief of the 11. Armee, Army Group Vistula and from the Reichsführer-SS. The HPA created a formal nomination without a sequential number on 27 March 1945. Both nominations are retained in the Nation Archives. Both nominations give no information whether the nomination was approved and whether the Oak Leaves had been awarded. The nomination list of the higher grade of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves only dates the nomination entry on 25 March 1945. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1974 and decided: yes, 872nd Oak Leaves. According to the AKCR the award was present in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The sequential number "872" and date were assigned by the AKCR. Hanns-Heinrich Lohmann was a member of the AKCR.[80]
  96. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelführer in the II./Schlachtgeschwader 77.
  97. ^ According to Scherzer as SS-Obersturmbannführer of the Reserves.[87]
  98. ^ According to Scherzer as Leutnant of the Reserves.[87]
  99. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the 1./Jagdgeschwader 54.[87]
  100. ^ According to Scherzer as gun leader in the 14./Grenadier-Regiment 507.[88]
  101. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 4./Grenadier-Regiment 530.[88]
  102. ^ Artur Lorfing's nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) as a teleprinter message between 14 and 16 May 1945. Major Joachim Domaschk sent a teleprinter message to the Heeresgruppe C on 16 May asking why Lorfing was nominated three and a half months after the deed. The message further indicates that apparently Lorfing had already been nominated for the first time on 23 March 1945. Major Domaschk already then had sent a teleprinter message back to the Heeresgruppe C asking why Lorfing had been nominated almost two months after the deed. Domaschk never received an answer. The HPA closed down all operations on 16 May 1945. A presentation never occurred and would have been unlawful. A file card in the registry for approved or rejected nominations had been created. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[92]
  103. ^ According to Scherzer as leader in the 10./Infanterie-Regiment 203.[91]
  104. ^ Spelling of name may also be Christian Lotze.
  105. ^ According to Scherzer as chief in the 4./Flak-Regiment 231.[91]
  106. ^ a b According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant of the Reserves and observer in the Nahaufklärungsstaffel 11.(H)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 12.[91]
  107. ^ Dr. Heinz Lotze's Heerespersonalamt-Verleihungsvorschlag (HPA-VV—Army Staff Office Nomination Recommendation) was ready for signature at the end of the war. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel. Lotze was member of the AKCR.[92]
  108. ^ According to Scherzer name is spelled Walther Lucht.[94]
  109. ^ According to Scherzer as observer in the 2./Nahaufklärungsgruppe 6.[94]
  110. ^ According to Scherzer as Leutnant of the Reserves.[94]
  111. ^ According to Scherzer as gun leader in the 2./Flak-Regiment 241.[94]
  112. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the 2. Flak-Division.[94]
  113. ^ According to Scherzer as chief of the 1./Pionier-Bataillon 173.[94]
  114. ^ According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant (war officer).[96]
  115. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelkapitän in the I./Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor".[98]
  116. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Füsilier-Bataillon (A.A.) 7.[98]
  117. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 6./SS-Panzergrenader-Regiment 23 "Norge" (norwegian Nr. 1).[98]
  118. ^ Heinrich von Lüttwitz's nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 28 April 1945. Major Joachim Domaschk decided on 30 April: "Heeresgruppe B, postpone!" General Von Lüttwiz together with the remaining forces of the Heeresgruppe B was either taken prisoner of war or missing in action in the Ruhr Pocket on 15 April. The nomination was thus not further processed in accordance with AHA 44 Ziff. 572. The nomination list for the higher grades of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross also contains a note from 28 April 1945: "postponed". A bestowal thus didn't occur. The sequential number "157" and presentation date were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[92]
  119. ^ According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant.[99]
  120. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the IG-Kompanie/Greandier-Regiment 1124.[99]
  121. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 2./Grenadier-Regiment 358.[102]
  122. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Stoßtrupp-Kompanie 302 (302. Infanterie-Division).[102]
  123. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelführer of the Aufklärungsstaffel 1.(F)/122.[102]
  124. ^ According to Scherzer as Gruppenkommandeur of the Erprobungsgruppe 210 (awarded for his merits as Staffelkapitän of the 1./Zerstörergeschwader 1).[102]
  125. ^ According to Scherzer on 11 July 1944.[102]

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  • Berger, Florian (1999). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges [With Oak Leaves and Swords. The Highest Decorated Soldiers of the Second World War] (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-0-6. 
  • Fraschka, Günther (1994). Knights of the Reich. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Military/Aviation History. ISBN 978-0-88740-580-8. 

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