List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the Fallschirmjäger

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The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest award in the military of the Third Reich. Recipients are grouped by grades of the Knight's Cross. During World War II, 133 German soldiers and officers of the Fallschirmjäger (Paratrooper) service, which was a part of the Luftwaffe, received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Among them, 22 officers received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub), seven the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern), and one won the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten).

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.[1] As the war progressed, some of the recipients of the Knight's Cross distinguished themselves further and a higher grade, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub), was instituted. The Oak Leaves, as they were commonly referred to, were based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940.[2] 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).[3] 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.[4]

Recipients[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

      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.

Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds[edit]

The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds is based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 to reward those servicemen who had already been awarded the Oak Leaves with Swords to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Ultimately, it would be awarded to twenty-seven German soldiers, sailors and airmen, ranging from young fighter pilots to field marshals. One recipient was a member of the Fallschirmjäger.[7]

Number Name Rank Role and unit[Note 1] Date of award Image
20 Ramcke, Hermann-BernhardHermann-Bernhard Ramcke Generalleutnant[8][Note 2] Commander of fortress Brest[8][9] 19 September 1944[9] Upper body of a man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.

Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords[edit]

The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords is also based on the enactment (Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613) of 28 September 1941 to reward those servicemen who had already been awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The list is initially sorted by the chronological number assigned to the recipient.

Number Name Rank Role and unit[Note 1] Date of award Notes Image
55 Heidrich, RichardRichard Heidrich 19-LGeneralleutnant[10] Commander of 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division[10][11] 25 March 1944[10]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
67 Heilmann, LudwigLudwig Heilmann 17-LOberst[12] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[13][Note 3] 15 May 1944[12]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
96 Kroh, HansHans Kroh 17-LOberst[14] Leader of 2. Fallschirmjäger-Division[14][15] 12 September 1944[14]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
99 Ramcke, Hermann-BernhardHermann-Bernhard Ramcke+ 19-LGeneralleutnant[15][Note 2] Commander of fortress Brest[9][15] 19 September 1944[9] Awarded 20th Diamonds 19 September 1944[9] Upper body of a man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
112 Schulz, Karl-LotharKarl-Lothar Schulz 17-LOberst[16] Leader of 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division[16][17] 18 November 1944[16]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
131 Walther, ErichErich Walther 17-LOberst[18] Leader of Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Division 2 "Hermann Göring"[18][19] 1 February 1945[18]
(155) Meindl, EugenEugen Meindl?[Note 4] 20-LGeneral der Fallschirmtruppe[21] Commanding general of II. Fallschirm-Korps[21] 8 May 1945[21]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.

Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves[edit]

The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves was based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940. The last officially announced number for the Oak Leaves was 843.[22]

Number Name Rank Role and unit[Note 1] Date of award Notes Image
145 Ramcke, Hermann-BernhardHermann-Bernhard Ramcke+ 18-LGeneralmajor[9] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Brigade "Ramcke"[9][23] 13 November 1942[9] Awarded 99th Swords 19 September 1944
20th Diamonds 19 September 1944[9]
Upper body of a man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
305 Student, KurtKurt Student 20-LGeneral der Flieger[24][Note 5] Commanding general of the XI. Fliegerkorps (Luft-lande-Korps)[24][25] 27 September 1943[25]
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382 Heidrich, RichardRichard Heidrich+ 19-LGeneralleutnant[10] Commander of the 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division[10][26] 5 February 1944[10] Awarded 55th Swords 25 March 1944[10] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
411 Walther, ErichErich Walther+ 17-LOberst[18] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[18][27] 2 March 1944[18] Awarded 131st Swords 1 February 1945[18]
412 Heilmann, LudwigLudwig Heilmann+ 17-LOberst[12] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[27][Note 3] 2 March 1944[12] Awarded 67th Swords 15 May 1944[12] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
443 Kroh, HansHans Kroh+ 16-LOberstleutnant[14] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[14][28] 6 April 1944[14] Awarded 96th Swords 12 September 1944[14] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
459 Schulz, Karl-LotharKarl-Lothar Schulz+ 17-LOberst[16] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[16][29] 20 April 1944[16] Awarded 112th Swords 18 November 1944[16] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
510 Egger, ReinhardReinhard Egger 16-LOberstleutnant[30] Leader of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[30][31] 24 June 1944[30]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
564 Meindl, EugenEugen Meindl+ 20-LGeneral der Fallschirmtruppe[32] Commanding general of the II. Fallschirmkorps[32][33] 31 August 1944[32] Awarded (155th) Swords 8 May 1945?[21][Note 4] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
584 Pietzonka, ErichErich Pietzonka 17-LOberst[34] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[34][35] 16 September 1944[34]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
585 Gericke, WalterWalter Gericke 15-LMajor[36] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 11[35][36] 17 September 1944[36]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
586 Trettner, HeinrichHeinrich Trettner 18-LGeneralmajor[37] Commander of the 4. Fallschirmjäger-Division[35][37] 17 September 1944[37]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
617 Heydte, Dr. jur. Dr. rer. pol. Friedrich-August Freiherr von derDr. jur. Dr. rer. pol. Friedrich-August Freiherr von der Heydte[Note 6] 16-LOberstleutnant[38] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6[38][39] 30 September 1944[38]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
654 Meyer, HeinzHeinz Meyer 14-LHauptmann of the Reserves[40][Note 7] Leader of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15[40][41] 18 November 1944[41]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
657 Schirmer, GerhartGerhart Schirmer 16-LOberstleutnant[42] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16[42][43] 18 November 1944[42]
662 Witzig, RudolfRudolf Witzig 15-LMajor[44] Commander of the I./Fallschirm-Pionier-Regiment 21[43][44] 25 November 1944[44]
664 Rennecke, RudolfRudolf Rennecke 15-LMajor[45] Leader of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[43][45] 25 November 1944[45]
693 Gröschke, KurtKurt Gröschke 16-LOberstleutnant[46] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15[46][47] 9 January 1945[46]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
780 Becker, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Becker 16-LOberstleutnant[48] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 5[48][49] 12 March 1945[48]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
(867) Plocher, HermannHermann Plocher?[Note 8] 19-HGeneralleutnant[51] Commander of the 6. Fallschirmjäger-Division[51] 8 May 1945[51]
(868) Graßmel, FranzFranz Graßmel?[Note 9] 15-LMajor[51] Commander of the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 20[51] 8 May 1945[51]

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross[edit]

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Year   Number of presentations Posthumous presentations
1940
23
0
1941
25
0
1942
3
1
1943
4
0
1944
59
5
1945
18
0

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross is based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 1573 of 1 September 1939 Verordnung über die Erneuerung des Eisernen Kreuzes (Regulation of the renewing of the Iron Cross). The distribution of presentations made to Fallschirmjäger is closely linked to the engagements in which they fought. In 1940 the Battle of France played a predominant role, in 1941 the Battle of Crete, and in 1944 the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy and the Allied Invasion of Normandy dominated the events for the Fallschirmjäger. The presentations made therefore match these engagements. A total of 23 awards were made in 1940; 25 in 1941; only 3 in 1942 and 4 in 1943; the peak of 59 was reached in 1944, and 18 in 1945, giving a total of 132 recipients.

Name Rank Role and unit[Note 1] Date of award Notes Image
Abratis, HerbertHerbert Abratis 14-LHauptmann[53] Leader of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[53][54] 24 October 1944[53]
A man wearing a peaked cap and military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Adolff, PaulPaul Adolff 14-LHauptmann of the Reserves[55] Leader of Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 1[54][55] 26 March 1944*[55] Killed in action 17 July 1943[54]
Altmann, GustavGustav Altmann 13-LOberleutnant[56] Leader of Sturmgruppe "Stahl" in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm Abteilung "Koch"[56][57] 12 May 1940[56]
Arpke, HelmutHelmut Arpke 09-LFeldwebel[58] Member of Sturmgruppe "Stahl" in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm Abteilung "Koch"[58][59] 13 May 1940[58]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Barmetler, JosefJosef Barmetler 13-LOberleutnant of the Reserves[60][Note 10] Leader of the 7./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[60][Note 10] 9 July 1941[61] Died of wounds 20 February 1945[60] A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap, and an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Becker, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Becker+ 13-LOberleutnant[48] Chief of the 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[48][62] 9 July 1941[48] Awarded 780th Oak Leaves 12 March 1945[48] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Beine, ErichErich Beine 14-LHauptmann[63] Leader of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 12[64][Note 11] 5 September 1944[64][Note 11]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Berger, KarlKarl Berger 12-LLeutnant of the Reserves[65] Company leader in the 10./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15[65][66] 7 February 1945[65]
Beyer, HerbertHerbert Beyer 14-LHauptmann[67] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[67][68] 9 June 1944[67]
Blauensteiner, ErnstErnst Blauensteiner 16-LOberstleutnant im Generalstab (in the General Staff)[69] Chief of the Generalstab II. Fallschirmkorps[69][70] 29 October 1944[69]
Blücher, Wolfgang Graf vonWolfgang Graf von Blücher(-Fincken) 12-LLeutnant of the Reserves[71] Platoon leader in the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[71][72] 24 May 1940[71] Killed in action 21 May 1941[71] A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap, and an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Boehlein, RudolfRudolf Boehlein 13-LOberleutnant[73] Chief of the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[74][Note 12] 30 November 1944[73]
Boehmler, RudolfRudolf Böhmler 15-LMajor[75] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[74][75] 26 March 1944[75]
Braeuer, BrunoBruno Bräuer 17-LOberst[76] Commander of Fallschjäger-Regiment 1[76][77] 24 May 1940[76]
Buettner, ManfredManfred Büttner?[Note 13] 09-LFahnenjunker-Feldwebel[81] Leader of the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 26[81] 29 April 1945[81]
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Coutre, Georg leGeorg le Coutre 12-LLeutnant[82] Leader of the 10./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6[82][83] 7 February 1945[82]
Delica, EgonEgon Delica 12-LLeutnant[84] Deputy leader of Sturmgruppe "Granit" in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"[84][85] 12 May 1940[84]
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Donth, RudolfRudolf Donth 09-LFeldwebel[86] Leader of the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[86][87] 14 January 1945[86]
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Egger, ReinhardReinhard Egger+ 13-LOberleutnant[30] Leader of the 10./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[30][88] 9 July 1941[30] Awarded 510th Oak Leaves 24 June 1944[30] Bundesarchiv Bild 183-L19498, Reinhard Egger (cropped).jpg
Engelhardt, [Dr.] Johann[Dr.] Johann Engelhardt[Note 14] 13-LOberleutnant[89] Chief of 8./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6[89][90] 29 February 1944[89]
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Erdmann, Dipl.-Ing. WolfgangDipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Erdmann 19-LGeneralleutnant[91] Commander of the 7. Fallschirmjäger-Division[91][92] 8 February 1945[91]
Ewald, WernerWerner Ewald 15-LMajor[93] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[93][94] 12 September 1944[Note 15]
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Foltin, FerdinandFerdinand Foltin 14-LHauptmann[95] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[95][96] 9 June 1944[95]
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Fries, HerbertHerbert Fries 03-LGefreiter[97] Gun leader in the 2./Fallschirm-Panzer-Jagd-Abteilung 1[97][98] 5 September 1944[97]
Froemming, ErnstErnst Frömming 15-LMajor[99] Commander of Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 1[99][100] 18 November 1944[99]
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Fulda, WilhelmWilhelm Fulda 12-LLeutnant[101] Platoon leader in the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[102][Note 16] 14 June 1941[101]
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Gast, RobertRobert Gast 12-LLeutnant[103] Leader of the 9./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[103][104] 6 October 1944[103]
Genz, AlfredAlfred Genz 13-LOberleutnant[105] Chief of the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[106][Note 17] 14 June 1941[105]
Gericke, WalterWalter Gericke+ 14-LHauptmann[36] Commander of the IV./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[106][Note 18] 14 June 1941[36] Awarded 585th Oak Leaves 17 September 1944[36] Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2005-0808-506, Walter Gericke.jpg
Germer, ErnstErnst Germer 09-LFahnenjunker-Feldwebel[107] Leader of the bicycle platoon in the Stabskompanie/Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[106][107] 29 October 1944[107]
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Gerstner, SiegfriedSiegfried Gerstner 15-LMajor[107] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[107][108] 13 September 1944[107]
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Goertz, HelmutHelmut Görtz 09-LFeldwebel[109] Platoon leader in the 3./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[109][110] 24 May 1940[Note 19]
Grassmel, FranzFranz Graßmel+ 15-LMajor[111] Commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[111][112] 8 April 1944[111] Awarded (868th) Oak Leaves 8 May 1945?[51][Note 9]
Groeschke, KurtKurt Gröschke+ 15-LMajor[46] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[46][113] 9 June 1944[46] Awarded 693rd Oak Leaves 9 January 1945[46] Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1981-104-07, Oberstleutnant Kurt Gröschke.jpg
Hagl, AndreasAndreas Hagl 13-LOberleutnant[114] Platoon leader in the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[114][115] 9 July 1941[114]
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Hamer, ReinoReino Hamer 14-LHauptmann[116] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[116][117] 5 September 1944[116]
Hauber, FriedrichFriedrich Hauber 14-LHauptmann[118] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 12[119][Note 20] 5 September 1944[118]
Heidrich, RichardRichard Heidrich+ 17-LOberst[10] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[10][120] 14 June 1941[10] Awarded 382nd Oak Leaves 5 February 1944
55th Swords 25 March 1944[10]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Heilmann, LudwigLudwig Heilmann+ 15-LMajor[12] Commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[12][120] 14 June 1941[12] Awarded 412th Oak Leaves 2 March 1944
67th Swords 15 May 1944[12]
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Hellmann, ErichErich Hellmann 12-LLeutnant[121] Leader of the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[121][122] 6 October 1944[122][Note 21]
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Herrmann, HarryHarry Herrmann 13-LOberleutnant[123] Chief of the 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[123][124] 9 July 1941[123]
A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap, and an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Herzbach, MaxMax Herzbach 14-LHauptmann[125] Chief of the 7./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[125][126] 13 September 1944[125]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Heydte, Dr. jur. Dr. rer. pol. Friedrich-August von der Freiherr von derDr. jur. Dr. rer. pol. Friedrich-August von der Freiherr von der Heydte+ 14-LHauptmann[38] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[38][127] 9 July 1941[38] Awarded 617th Oak Leaves 30 September 1944[38] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Hönscheid, Johannes-MatthiasJohannes-Matthias Hönscheid 10-LOberfeldwebel[128] Kriegsberichterstatter der Fallschirmtruppe[129][Note 22] 12 March 1945[129][Note 22]
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Huebner, EduardEduard Hübner 14-LHauptmann[130] Commander of Sturm-Bataillon Fallschirm AOK 1[131][Note 23] 17 March 1945[130]
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Jacob, Georg-RupertGeorg-Rupert Jacob[Note 24] 13-LOberleutnant[132] Chief of the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[132][133] 13 September 1944[132]
Jaeger, Dr. med. RolfDr. med. Rolf Jäger 13-LOberarzt (rank equivalent to Oberleutnant)[134] Troop doctor in the assault group "Beton" of the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch" (Battle of Fort Eben-Emael)[133][134] 13 May 1940[Note 25]
Jamrowski, SiegfriedSiegfried Jamrowski 13-LOberleutnant[132] Chief of the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[132][135] 9 June 1944[132]
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Kempke, WilhelmWilhelm Kempke 09-LFeldwebel[136] Group leader in the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment (7. Flieger-Division)[137][Note 26] 21 August 1941[136]
Kerfin, HorstHorst Kerfin 13-LOberleutnant[138] Chief of the 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[137][Note 27] 24 May 1940[138]
Kerutt, HellmutHellmut Kerutt 15-LMajor[139] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon "Kerutt"[140][Note 28] 2 February 1945[139]
Koch, KarlKarl Koch 10-LOberfeldwebel[141] Platoon leader in the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15[142][Note 29] 24 October 1944*[141] Killed in action 29 July 1944[141]
Koch, WalterWalter Koch 14-LHauptmann[141] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"[142][Note 30] 10 May 1940[141]
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Koch, WilliWilli Koch 10-LOberfeldwebel[141] Platoon leader in the 3./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[141][142] 9 June 1944[141]
Kratzert, RudolfRudolf Kratzert 14-LHauptmann[143][Note 31] Commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[143][144] 9 June 1944[144]
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Krink, HeinzHeinz Krink 12-LLeutnant[14] Adjutant in the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[14][145] 9 June 1944[14]
Kroh, HansHans Kroh+ 15-LMajor[14] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[14][145] 21 August 1941[14] Awarded 443rd Oak Leaves 6 April 1944
96th Swords 12 September 1944[14]
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Kuehne, MartinMartin Kühne 14-LHauptmann[146] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[146][147] 29 February 1944[146]
Kunkel, Kurt-ErnstKurt-Ernst Kunkel?[Note 32] 12-LLeutnant[149] Company chief in the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[149] 30 April 1945[149]
Kurz, RudolfRudolf Kurz 10-LOberfähnrich[150] Leader of the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 12[151][Note 33] 18 November 1944[150]
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Langemeyer, Dr. med. habil. CarlDr. med. habil. Carl Langemeyer 14-LStabsarzt of the Reserves[152][Note 34] (rank equivalent to Hauptmann) Commander of Fallschirm-Sanitäter-Lehr-Abteilung[152][153] 18 November 1944[153]
Lepkowski, ErichErich Lepkowski 12-LLeutnant[154] Leader of the 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[154][155] 8 August 1944[154]
Liebing, WalterWalter Liebing 15-LMajor[156] Leader of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 23[156][157] 2 February 1945[156]
Mager, RolfRolf Mager 14-LHauptmann[158] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6[158][159] 31 October 1944[158]
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Marscholek, HansHans Marscholek 13-LOberleutnant[160] Battery leader in the Fallschirm-Flak-Abteilung 5[161][Note 35] 31 October 1944[160]
Meindl, EugenEugen Meindl+ 18-LGeneralmajor[32] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[162][Note 36] 14 June 1941[32] Awarded 564th Oak Leaves 31 August 1944[32]
(155th) Swords 8 May 1945?[21][Note 4]
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Meißner, JoachimJoachim Meißner 12-LLeutnant of the Reserves[163] Deputy leader of Sturmgruppe "Eisen" (Assault Group "Iron") in Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"[164][Note 37] 12 May 1940[163]
Menges, OttoOtto Menges 10-LOberfeldwebel[165] Platoon leader in the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[165][166] 9 June 1944[165]
A man wearing a peaked cap and military uniform.
Mertins, [Dr.] Gerhard[Dr.] Gerhard Mertins[Note 14] 14-LHauptmann[167] Leader of Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 5[167][168] 6 December 1944[167]
Meyer, HeinzHeinz Meyer+ 14-LHauptmann of the Reserves[169][Note 38] Chief of the 8./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[41][169] 8 April 1944[41] Awarded 654th Oak Leaves 18 November 1944[41] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Milch, Dr. jur. WernerDr. jur. Werner Milch 14-LHauptmann of the Reserves[170] Commander of Fallschirm-Granatwerfer-Lehr and Versuchs-Bataillon[170][171] 9 January 1945[170]
Mischke, GerdGerd Mischke 12-LLeutnant[172] Platoon leader in the 2./Fallschirm-MG-Bataillon 1[171][Note 39] 18 May 1943[172]
Neuhoff, KarlKarl Neuhoff 10-LOberfeldwebel[173] Shock troops leader in the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[173][174] 9 June 1944[173]
Neumann, Dr. med. HeinrichDr. med. Heinrich Neumann[Note 40] 15-LOberstabsarzt[173] Troop doctor of the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[174][Note 41] 21 August 1941[173]
Orth, HeinrichHeinrich Orth 10-LOberfeldwebel[175] Platoon leader in the 4./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[176][Note 42] 18 March 1942*[175] Killed in action 10 March 1942[176]
Pade, GerhardGerhard Pade?[Note 43] 15-LMajor[178] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[178] 30 April 1945[178]
Paul, HugoHugo Paul 14-LHauptmann[179] Leader of Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon Paul[180][Note 44] 18 November 1944[179]
Peitsch, HerbertHerbert Peitsch 03-LGefreiter[181] Rifle grenade launcher in the 7./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6[182][Note 45] 29 October 1944* Died of wounds 30 July 1944[181]
Pietzonka, ErichErich Pietzonka+ 16-LOberstleutnant[34] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[34][183] 5 September 1944[34] Awarded 584th Oak Leaves 16 September 1944[34] A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Prager, FritzFritz Prager 14-LHauptmann[184] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[184][185] 24 May 1940[184]
Ramcke, Hermann-BernhardHermann-Bernhard Ramcke+ 17-LOberst[Note 46] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[186][Note 46] 21 August 1941[9] Awarded 145th Oak Leaves 13 November 1942
99th Swords 19 September 1944
20th Diamonds 19 September 1944[9]
Upper body of a man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Rammelt, SiegfriedSiegfried Rammelt 12-LLeutnant[9] Pioneer platoon leader in the Stabskompanie/Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[186][Note 47] 9 June 1944*[Note 47] Killed in action 21 March 1944[186]
Rapräger, [Dr.] Ernst-Wilhelm[Dr.] Ernst-Wilhelm Rapräger[Note 14] 13-LOberleutnant[187] Kampfgruppen leader in Luftwaffen-Regiment "Barenthin"[186][Note 48] 10 May 1943[187]
Reininghaus, AdolfAdolf Reininghaus 10-LOberfeldwebel[188] Platoon leader in the 14./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7[188][189] 13 September 1944[188]
Renisch, Paul-ErnstPaul-Ernst Renisch 14-LHauptmann[45] Commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[45][190] 31 October 1944[45]
Rennecke, RudolfRudolf Rennecke+ 14-LHauptmann[45] Leader of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[45][190] 9 June 1944[45] Awarded 664th Oak Leaves 25 November 1944[45]
Ringler, HelmutHelmut Ringler 12-LLeutnant[191][Note 49] Heavy machine gun demi platoon leader in the Sturmgruppe "Stahl" in the Fallschirm-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"[191][192] 15 May 1940[192]
Roon, Arnold vonArnold von Roon 13-LOberleutnant[193] Chief of the 3./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[193][194] 9 July 1941[193]
The head of a young man, shown in semi-profile. He wears a peaked cap, a military uniform with a military decoration in shape of an iron cross displayed at the front of his shirt collar.
Sander, WalterWalter Sander 12-LLeutnant of the Reserves[195] Leader of the 1./Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 5[195][196] 28 February 1945[195]
Sassen, [Dr.] Bruno[Dr.] Bruno Sassen[Note 14] 09-LFeldwebel[197] Platoon leader in the 10./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[197][198] 22 February 1942[197]
A man wearing a camouflage military uniform, steel helmet and a neck order in the shape of a cross.
Schacht, GerhardGerhard Schacht 12-LLeutnant[199] Leader Sturmgruppe "Beton" (assault group concrete) in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturmabteilung "Koch"[200][Note 50] 12 May 1940[199]
Schaechter, MartinMartin Schächter 12-LLeutnant[201] Leader Sturmgruppe "Eisen" (assault group iron) in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturmabteilung "Koch"[200][Note 51] 12 May 1940[201]
Schimpf, Dipl.-Ing. RichardDipl.-Ing. Richard Schimpf 19-LGeneralleutnant[202] Commander of the 3. Fallschirmjäger-Division[202][203] 6 October 1944[202]
Schimpke, HorstHorst Schimpke 12-LLeutnant[202] Platoon leader in the 1./Fallschirm-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 1[202][203] 5 September 1944[202]
Schirmer, GerhartGerhart Schirmer+ 14-LHauptmann[42] Leader of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[203][Note 52] 14 June 1941[42] Awarded 657th Oak Leaves 18 November 1944[42]
Schlemm, AlfredAlfred Schlemm 20-LGeneral der Fallschirmtruppe[204] Commanding general of the I. Fallschirmkorps[204][205] 11 June 1944[204]
Schmidt, HerbertHerbert Schmidt 13-LOberleutnant[206] Chief of the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[206][207] 24 May 1940[207][Note 53]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Schmidt, LeonhardLeonhard Schmidt?[Note 54] 14-LHauptmann[209] Battalion leader in the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[209] 30 April 1945[209]
Schmidt, WernerWerner Schmidt 15-LMajor[210] Commander of Fallschirm-MG-Bataillon 1[209][210] 5 April 1944[210]
Schulenburg, Wolf-Werner Graf von derWolf-Werner Graf von der Schulenburg 15-LMajor[211] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[211][212] 20 June 1943[211]
Schulz, Karl-LotharKarl-Lothar Schulz+ 14-LHauptmann[16] Commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[16][213] 24 May 1940[16] Awarded 459th Oak Leaves 20 April 1944
112th Swords 18 November 1944[16]
A man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Schuster, ErichErich Schuster 09-LFeldwebel[214] Group leader in the 3./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[215][Note 55] 21 August 1941[214]
Schwarzmann, AlfredAlfred Schwarzmann 13-LOberleutnant[216] Platoon leader in the 8./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[216][217] 24 May 1940[217][Note 56]
Sempert, GüntherGünther Sempert 14-LHauptmann[218] Chief of the 5./Fallschirm-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 1[219][Note 57] 30 September 1944[218]
A smiling man wearing a peaked cap, military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Sniers, HubertHubert Sniers 12-LLeutnant[220] Leader of the 9./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15[221][Note 58] 24 October 1944[220]
Stecken, AlbertAlbert Stecken 15-LMajor im Generalstab (in the General Staff)[222] Ia (operations officer) of the 8. Fallschirmjäger-Division[222][223] 28 April 1945[222]
Stentzler, EdgarEdgar Stentzler 15-LMajor[224] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[225][Note 59] 9 July 1941[224]
Stephani, KurtKurt Stephani 15-LMajor of the Reserves[224] Leader of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 9[226][Note 60] 30 September 1944*[224] Died of wounds 20 August 1944[226]
Straehler-Pohl, GüntherGünther Straehler-Pohl 14-LHauptmann[227] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[228][Note 61] 10 May 1943[227]
Student, KurtKurt Student+ 19-LGeneralleutnant[25] Commander of the 7. Flieger-Division[229][Note 62] 12 May 1940[25] Awarded 305th Oak Leaves 27 September 1943[25] Black-and-white picture of a man with peaked cap, military uniform displaying various military decorations.
Sturm, AlfredAlfred Sturm 17-LOberst[230] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[230][231] 9 July 1941[230]
A man in semi profile wearing a peaked cap and military uniform with various military decorations.
Tannert, KarlKarl Tannert 14-LHauptmann[232] Commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[232][233] 5 April 1944[232]
Teusen, HansHans Teusen 12-LLeutnant[234] Platoon leader in the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2[234][235] 14 June 1941[234]
Tietjen, [Dr.] Cord[Dr.] Cord Tietjen[Note 14] 12-LLeutnant[236] Platoon leader in the 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[236][237] 24 May 1940[237][Note 63]
Timm, ErichErich Timm 15-LMajor[238] Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 12[237][Note 64] 3 October 1944[238]
Toschka, RudolfRudolf Toschka 13-LOberleutnant[239] Platoon leader in the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1[240][Note 65] 14 June 1941[239]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1980-108-30, Rudolf Toschka.jpg
Trebes, HorstHorst Trebes 13-LOberleutnant[241] Leader of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment[240][Note 66] 9 July 1941[241]
Trettner, HeinrichHeinrich Trettner+ 15-LMajor im Generalstab (in the General Staff)[37] Ia (operations officer) in the 7. Fliegerdivision[37][242] 24 May 1940[37] Awarded 586th Oak Leaves 17 September 1944[37] Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1970-016-17, Heinz Trettner.jpg
Trotz, HerbertHerbert Trotz 14-LHauptmann[243] Commander of the Festungs-Bataillon "Trotz" in the fortress Breslau (commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 26)[242][Note 67] 30 April 1945[243]
Uhlig, AlexanderAlexander Uhlig 10-LOberfeldwebel of the Reserves[244] Platoon leader in the 16./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6[244][245] 29 October 1944[244]
Veth, KurtKurt Veth 14-LHauptmann[246][Note 68] Commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[246][247] 30 September 1944[247]
Vitali, ViktorViktor Vitali?[Note 69] 12-LLeutnant[249] Platoon leader in the 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[249] 30 April 1945[249]
Wagner, HelmutHelmut Wagner 12-LLeutnant[250] Platoon leader in the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[250][251] 24 January 1942[250]
Walther, ErichErich Walther+ 17-LMajor[18] Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[18][252] 24 May 1940[18] Awarded 411th Oak Leaves 2 March 1944
131st Swords 1 February 1945[18]
Wangerin, Friedrich-WilhelmFriedrich-Wilhelm Wangerin 14-LHauptmann[253] Commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16 -Ost-[252][Note 70] 24 October 1944[253]
Weck, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Weck?[Note 71] 12-LLeutnant[255] Leader of the 3./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[255] 30 April 1945[255]
Welskop, HeinrichHeinrich Welskop 10-LOberfeldwebel[256] Platoon leader in the 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[256][257] 21 August 1941[256]
Werner, WalterWalter Werner 09-LFeldwebel[258] Group leader in the 1./Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 1[258][259] 9 June 1944[258]
Wittig, Hans-KarlHans-Karl Wittig 09-LFeldwebel[260] Leader of the 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[260][261] 5 February 1944[260]
Witzig, RudolfRudolf Witzig+ 13-LOberleutnant[44] Leader of Sturmgruppe "Granit" in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"[44][261] 10 May 1940[44] Awarded 662nd Oak Leaves 25 November 1944[44]
Zahn, HilmarHilmar Zahn 13-LOberleutnant[262] Chief of the 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[262][263] 9 June 1944[262]
Zierach, OttoOtto Zierach 13-LOberleutnant[264][Note 72] Glider pilot in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"[264][Note 72] 15 May 1940[265] At the same time promoted to Hauptmann[264]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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.
  2. ^ a b According to Scherzer as General der Fallschirmtruppe.[9]
  3. ^ a b According to Scherzer as commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3.[12]
  4. ^ a b c Eugen Meindl's nomination by the troop was approved by each of his commanding officers. However the nomination contains no final remark on the proceedings. Oberst Nicolaus von Below, Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant, had sent a teleprinter message to the commanding general of the Fallschirmarmee Generaloberst Kurt Student, requesting a statement for this nomination. The copy of the teleprinter message contains a note: resubmission "23 April 1945". It seems that the statement was never returned. The paperwork was not finalized by the end of the war. The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) claims that the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The sequential number "155" was assigned by the AKCR. Fellgiebel assigned the presentation date. Meindl is mentioned on a list of the Oberbefehlshaber Nordwest for "Nominations and Bestowal of War Awards" from May 1945. This list, which was intended to be presented to Karl Dönitz, contained twelve names of pending nominations which had been submitted via the chain of command. Dönitz has never signed this list, most likely he has never even seen this list. The responsible personnel offices awarded or declined eight nominations from this list by the end of the war by, two remained unprocessed by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Personnel Office) and Luftwaffenpersonalamt (LPA — Luftwaffe Personnel Office) and two further were left ready for signing at the OKW/WFSt.[20]
  5. ^ According to Scherzer as General der Fallschirmtruppe.[25]
  6. ^ In German a Doctor of Law is abbreviated as Dr. iur. (Doctor iuris) or Dr. jur. (Doctor juris) and a Doctorate of Economics is abbreviated as Dr. rer. pol. (Doctor rerum politicarum).
  7. ^ According to Scherzer as Hauptmann (War Officer).[41]
  8. ^ Hermann Plocher's nomination had been finalized by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) and was ready for signature by 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 Fellgiebel. Plocher was a member of the AKCR.[50]
  9. ^ a b The original nomination was not retained. The Oberbefehlshaber Nordwest (OB Nordwest—Commander-in-chief North-West) had sent the nomination to the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe/Auszeichnung und Disziplin (OKL/AuD—Air Force High Command/Award and Discipline). The accompanying letter is presented by Franz Thomas, author of Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939-1945, Teil II Die Ritterkreuzträger der Fallschirmjäger, Osnabrück 1986, page 88. No further information prevailed. A presentation cannot be verified. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1974 and decided: 868th Oak Leaves, 8 May 1945. According to the 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 sequential number "868" and date were assigned by the AKCR. Franz Graßmel is listed by the OB Nordwest for the "Nomination for the presentation of war awards" in May 1945. This list, which was to be presented to Karl Dönitz, holds 12 names. These nominations had all been submitted by the OB Nordwest via the command chain and must be considered not finalized. Dönitz has never signed this list and most likely has never seen this list. Graßmel was a member of the AKCR.[52]
  10. ^ a b According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant (war officer) and chief of the 7./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1.[61]
  11. ^ a b According to Scherzer Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 18 November 1944 as leader of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment (12).[63]
  12. ^ According to Scherzer as a company leader in the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4.[73]
  13. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Gerhard von Seemen in his second edition of the Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 from 1976 quotes that Manfred Büttner is listed by Böhmler Fallschirmjäger, 1. Auflage.[78] Walther-Peer Fellgiebel states about Büttner in his book: "Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients exist, who do not have official evidence in the Federal Archives, but are members of the Bundeswehr and claimed to be Knight's Cross recipients. This claim in some cases was investigated by the Militärischer Abschirmdienst (MAD—Military Counterintelligence Service ) and accepted." Büttner was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[79][80]
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ According to Scherzer on 17 September 1944.[93]
  16. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2 (Gruppe Stein).[101]
  17. ^ According to Scherzer as chief of the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1.[105]
  18. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the IV./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1.[36]
  19. ^ According to Scherzer on 29 May 1940.[109]
  20. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment (12).[118]
  21. ^ According to Scherzer on 30 September 1944.[121]
  22. ^ a b According to Scherzer on 16 March 1945 as Kriegsberichter der Fallschirmtruppe.[128]
  23. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Sturm-Bataillon of the 1. Fallschirm-Armee.[130]
  24. ^ According to Scherzer name is spelled Georg-Rupert Jakob.[132]
  25. ^ According to Scherzer on 15 May 1940.[134]
  26. ^ According to Scherzer as group leader in the 1./Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1.[136]
  27. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1.[138]
  28. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon "Kerutt" [augmented I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 18 (alt—old)].[139]
  29. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Sturmzug (assault platoon) of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15.[141]
  30. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Luftlande-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch".[141]
  31. ^ According to Scherzer as Hauptmann zur Verwendung (for disposition).[144]
  32. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by the commanding general of the I Parachute Corps, General der Fallschirmtruppe Richard Heidrich.[148]
  33. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment (12).[150]
  34. ^ According to Scherzer as Stabsarzt.[153]
  35. ^ According to Scherzer as battery leader in the 5./Fallschirm-Flak-Abteilung 5.[160]
  36. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1.[32]
  37. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Sturmgruppe "Eisen" (Assault Group "Iron") in Luftlande-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch".[163]
  38. ^ According to Scherzer as Hauptmann (War Officer).[41]
  39. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 2./Fallschirm-MG-Bataillon.[172]
  40. ^ In German a Doctor of Medicine is abbreviated as Dr. med. (Doctor medicinae).
  41. ^ According to Scherzer as regimental doctor of Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1 at the same time leader of the I./ Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1.[173]
  42. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 4./Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1.[175]
  43. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Unlawful presentation of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Gerhard Pade by the commanding general of the I Parachute Corps General der Fallschirmtruppe Richard Heidrich.[177]
  44. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon Paul (under control of the 334. Infanterie-Division).[179]
  45. ^ According to Scherzer as shooter in the 7./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6.[181]
  46. ^ a b According to Scherzer as Generalmajor and commander of the Ergänzenden Einheiten und Schulen des XI. Fliegerkorps (auxiliary units and schools of the 11th Air Corps) and leader of the Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1.[9]
  47. ^ a b According to Scherzer on 11 June 1944 as leader of the regimental pioneer platoon in Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3.[9]
  48. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of a Kampfgruppe in the III./Luftwaffen-Regiment "Barenthin".[187]
  49. ^ According to Scherzer as Leutnant of the Reserves.[192]
  50. ^ According to Scherzer as leader Sturmgruppe "Beton" (assault group concrete) in the Luftlande-Sturmabteilung "Koch".[199]
  51. ^ According to Scherzer as leader Sturmgruppe "Eisen" (assault group iron) in the Luftlande-Sturmabteilung "Koch".[201]
  52. ^ According to Scherzer as chief of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2.[42]
  53. ^ According to Scherzer on 29 May 1940.[206]
  54. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by the commanding general of the I Parachute Corps, General der Fallschirmtruppe Richard Heidrich.[208]
  55. ^ According to Scherzer as group leader in the 3./Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1.[214]
  56. ^ According to Scherzer on 29 May 1940.[216]
  57. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of Fallschirm-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 1.[218]
  58. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15.[220]
  59. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the II./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1.[224]
  60. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 9.[224]
  61. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3.[227]
  62. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the 7. Flieger-Division (Fallschirmjäger).[25]
  63. ^ According to Scherzer on 29 May 1940.[236]
  64. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment (12).[238]
  65. ^ According to Scherzer as platoon leader in the 1./Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1.[239]
  66. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1.[241]
  67. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the Festungs-Grenadier-Bataillon "Trotz" in the fortress Breslau.[243]
  68. ^ According to Scherzer as Hauptmann of the Reserves.[247]
  69. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by the commanding general of the I. Falschirmkorps, General der Fallschirmtruppe Richard Heidrich.[248]
  70. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of the III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16.[253]
  71. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Unlawful presentation of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by the commanding general of the I. Fallschirmkorps, General der Fallschirmtruppe Richard Heidrich. Hans-Joachim Weck was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients.[254]
  72. ^ a b According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant of the Reserves and Ia (operations officer) of the Luftlande-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch".[265]

References[edit]

Citations
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  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 49–51, 102–111.
  7. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 36–38.
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  13. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 43.
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  22. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 102.
  23. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 63.
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