Willy Langkeit

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Willy Langkeit
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Born (1907-06-02)2 June 1907
Schuchten
Died 27 October 1969(1969-10-27) (aged 62)
Bad Bramstedt
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Bundesgrenzschutz
Years of service 1924–1945
1951–1967
Rank Generalmajor (Wehrmacht)
Brigadegeneral (Bundesgrenzschutz)
Commands held Panzer Division "Kurmark"
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Willy Langkeit (2 June 1907 – 27 October 1969) was an Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Willy Langkeit was taken prisoner by American troops in May 1945 and transferred to British custody later that month. He was held until 1947 and later joined the Bundesgrenzschutz (Federal Border Guards) in 1951, retiring in 1967.

Willy Langkeit, 2nd from left

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Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 10.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 233.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 65.
Bibliography
  • Erlau, Peter (1964). Flucht aus der weissen Hoelle, Kulturhistorischer Verlag Dr. Riegler, Stuttgart.
  • 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. 
  • Kurowski, Franz (2010). Panzer Aces III:German Tank Commanders in Combat in WWII. Mechanicsburg, PA USA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-0654-4
  • 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 (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Formed from Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Ersatz Brigade
Commander of Panzer Division Kurmark
31 January 1945 – 5 May 1945
Succeeded by
None