Walther-Peer Fellgiebel

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Walther-Peer Fellgiebel
Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.jpg
Born 7 May 1918
Berlin-Charlottenburg
Died 14 October 2001 (2001-10-15) (aged 83)
Frankfurt am Main
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Major
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Relations Erich Fellgiebel (father)

Walther-Peer Fellgiebel (7 May 1918 – 14 October 2001) was a German officer in the Wehrmacht, serving during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. His father was the General der Nachrichtentruppe Erich Fellgiebel, who as a conspirator of the 20 July plot was sentenced to death and executed on 4 September 1944.

He joined the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) in 1954 and as of 1961 served on the board of directors. He became head of the order commission of the AKCR in 1970, a position he held until 1985. From this work evolved the book Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes, 1939–1945: Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile — 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 Branches of the Armed Forces. For many years this book was considered a reference work on this topic. Fellgiebel himself indicated that the book is not official. 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, loss of evidence of the presentation was also an issue in the verification process. In some of these instances the AKCR later accepted and listed holders of the Knight's Cross with questionable evidence. Author Veit Scherzer analyzed the German National Archives and found discrepancies in 193 instances of the original 7,322 listings by Fellgiebel (false acceptance rate of 2.6%).[1]

For 13 years he worked as a manager at the Deutsche Zündwaren-Monopol-Gesellschaft.

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  1. ^ Scherzer 2007, pp. 117–186.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 305.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes, 1939–1945: Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945] (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. 

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