Karl Arning

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Karl Arning
Born 10 February 1892
Died 17 November 1964(1964-11-17) (aged 72)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1912–20
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 72nd Infantry Division
75th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Prague Offensive
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl Arning (10 February 1892 – 17 November 1964) 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.

Arning surrendered to the Red Army troops in the course of the Soviet Prague Offensive in 1945. Convicted in the Soviet Union as a war criminal, he was held until 1955.

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  1. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 17.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 195.


  • 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. 
  • 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
Generalleutnant Dr. Hermann Hohn
Commander of 72. Infanterie-Division
10 June 1944 – 19 June 1944
Succeeded by
General der Kavallerie Gustav Harteneck
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Helmuth Beukemann
Commander of 75. Infanterie-Division
10 July 1944 – 6 April 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Lothar Berger