Dietrich Kraiss

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Dietrich Kraiss
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1984-058-20A, Dietrich Kraiss.jpg
Born 16 November 1889
Stuttgart, Germany[1]
Died 6 August 1944 (aged 54)
near Saint-Lô, France
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army (Wehrmacht)
Rank Generalleutnant
Battles/wars World War I[1]
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Dietrich Kraiss (16 November 1889 – 6 August 1944) was a German general during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves of Nazi Germany.

Kraiss took command of the 168th Infantry Division in July 1941 and commanded the unit until March 1943. He then commanded 355th Infantry Division until May 1943. In November 1943 he took command of the 352nd Infantry Division which was in 1944, with six other divisions, located in Normandy in front of the Allied invasion. The division had 7,409 soldiers and kept defensive positions around St. Lô. Kraiss died on August 6, 1944 of injuries sustained 2 days earlier.

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  1. ^ a b Mitcham, p. 97
  2. ^ Thomas 1997, p. 402.
  3. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 250.

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  • 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 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. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • 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. 
  • Mitcham, Jr., Samuel W. (2007). Retreat to the Reich: The German Defeat in France, 1944. Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-1-461-75155-7.