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9 March 1886|
|Died||6 January 1964
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1905–45|
|Rank||General der Panzertruppe|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
He joined the Imperial German Army on 14 March 1905 and served in the 149th Infantry Regiment. In World War I he reached the rank of Hauptmann. He then served in the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht. At the beginning of World War II he took part in the invasion of Poland as a Generalmajor commanding a Panzer Division. In 1939 and 1940 he led the 6th Panzer Division in the Battle of France and was promoted to Generalleutnant and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his role in the campaign.
From 5 May 1942 he was commanding general of the XXXXVIII Panzer Corps and was in this position on 10 August 1942 when he was awarded the Oak leaves to the Knight's Cross. In July 1943, he participated in the Battle of Kursk as commander of the 'Army Detachment Kempf' on the Eastern Front. From May to September 1944 he was commander of the Wehrmacht in the Baltics. He was then moved to the leadership reserve until he was taken into captivity in May 1945. He was released in 1947.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class (15 September 1914)
- 1st Class (28 February 1916)
- Military Merit Order, 4th class with Swords (Bavaria)
- Friedrich August Cross, 1st and 2nd class
- The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (15 September 1939)
- 1st Class (28 September 1939)
- Eastern Front Medal
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award, 4th to 1st class
- Order of Michael the Brave 3rd Class (Romania, 6 November 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 208.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 54.
- Alman, Karl (2008). Panzer vor - Die dramtische Geschichte der deutschen Panzerwaffe und ihre tapferen Soldaten (in German). Würzburg, Germany: Flechsig Verlag. ISBN 978-3-88189-638-2.
- 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.
- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6.
- Werner Kempf Career chronology @ generals.dk
- Werner Kempf @ World War 2 Awards.com
- Werner Kempf @ Ritterkrezutraeger 1939-1945
- Werner Kempf @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht