Eberhard Kinzel

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Eberhard Kinzel
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Born 18 October 1897
Died 23 May 1945(1945-05-23) (aged 47)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army (Wehrmacht)
Rank General of the Infantry
Unit Army Group North
Army Group Vistula
Commands held 570th Volksgrenadier Division
337th Volksgrenadier Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Eberhard Kinzel (18 October 1897 – 23 May 1945) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Kinzel was with section Fremde Heere Ost, FHO or Foreign Armies East, until the spring of 1942 when he was replaced by Reinhard Gehlen.[1] The FHO prepared situation maps of the Soviet Union, Poland, Scandinavia and the Balkans; and assembled information on potential adversaries.

Kinzel was part of the delegation that participated in the negotiations for the German surrender at Lüneburg Heath with Field-Marshal Montgomery at Lüneburg Heath. Kinzel, together with his girlfriend Erika von Aschoff, committed suicide on 23 May 1945.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 21 December 1942 as chief department GZ [Zentralabteilung—central department] with the chief of the Generalstab des Heeres [until November 1942 chief of the General Staff XXIX Armeekorps].[3]



  1. ^ Höhne & Zolling 1972, p. 10.
  2. ^ More 2013, p. 181.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 441.


  • Höhne, Heinz; Zolling, Hermann (1972). The General Was a Spy: The Truth about General Gehlen and his spy ring. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. ISBN 978-0-698-10430-3. 
  • More, Charles (2013). The Road to Dunkirk: The British Expeditionary Force and the Battle of the Ypres-Comines Canal, 1940. London: Frontline. ISBN 978-1-84832-733-7. 
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Leader of Foreign Armies East
1 March 1939 – 31 March 1942
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Reinhard Gehlen
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Wilhelm Hasse
Chief of Staff of Heeresgruppe Nord
22 January 1943 – 18 July 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Oldwig von Natzmer
Preceded by
Brigadeführer Heinz Lammerding
Chief of Staff of Heeresgruppe Weichsel
21 March 1945 – 22 April 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Ivo-Thilo von Trotha