Kurt Freiherr von Liebenstein

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Kurt Freiherr von Liebenstein
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2005-0130, Trent Park Camp.jpg
Liebenstein (front row, 2nd from right) at Trent Park
Born 28 February 1899
Died 3 August 1975(1975-08-03) (aged 76)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
 West Germany
Years of service 1916–43
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 164th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Tunisia Campaign
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Great Cross of Merit

Kurt Freiherr von Liebenstein (28 February 1899 – 3 August 1975) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II.

On 10 May 1943 he was decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Three days later, while commanding the 164th Infantry Division, he surrendered to the British forces in Tunisia, with the 164th Infantry earning the distinction of being "the last major German formation in North Africa to lay down its arms".[1] He was sent to Trent Park , a special camp for generals north of London. In 1955, he joined the Bundeswehr. In 1960, he retired as Generalmajor.

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ Samuel W. Mitcham, Rommel's Desert Commanders: The Men Who Served the Desert Fox, North Africa, 1941-1942 (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007) p185


  • 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.