Richard Metzger (officer)
6 February 1912|
|Died||8 December 1982
|Allegiance|| Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1929 - 1945
1956 - 1969
|Commands held||Infanterie-Battalion z.b.V. 561|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Richard Metzger (6 February 1912 – 8 December 1982) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II and an Oberstleutnant in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Richard Metzger was captured by Soviet troops in June 1944 during the Bobruysk Offensive and was released in 1955. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr and served until 1969.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black
- in Silver
- in Gold
- Infantry Assault Badge
- Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze
- German Cross in Gold (9 October 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 12 October 1943 as Major and commander of Infanterie-Battalion z.b.V. 561
- Richard Metzger at Das-Ritterkreuz.de
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 253.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.