9 April 1891|
|Died||3 March 1945
|Buried at||Ysselsteyn German war cemetery, Netherlands (re-interred)|
|Years of service||1909–1945|
|Commands held||Kommandeur 702. Infanterie-Division|
|Awards||Kriegsverdienstkreuz I Klasse Mit Schwertern|
Early life and career
He was born in the German city of Frankfurt on April 9, 1891. In 1909 he joined the German army and on March 20, 1911, he was promoted to Leutnant. He served in the 30th Infantry Regiment.
Four years later, in 1915, he was promoted to Oberleutnant. He was also awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class and Iron Cross 1st Class of the Kingdom of Prussia.
Schmidt was wounded during the First World War, and for that he received the Wound Badge in Silver.
He also received the Hanseatic Cross from the city of Hamburg. In the last months of the war he was promoted to Hauptmann (captain).
1930s and World War II
Kurt Schmidt was a member of the staff of the 5th Infantry Division in 1930, in 1931 he was promoted to Major; in 1937 he was promoted to Oberst.
In 1937 the newly promoted Oberst Kurt Schmidt moved with his family to the German town of Hamelin.
When he moved to Hamelin he was commander of Infanterie-Regiment 74. He took part in the invasion of Poland in September 1939. In about November 1940, he became commander of Luxembourg.
Schmidt was the commander of the 702nd Infantry Division in Norway from September 1941 to September 1943. During his time in Norway he was promoted to Generalleutnant, the highest rank he would hold.
Generalleutnant Kurt Schmidt died on March 3, 1945 in Aalsmeer whilst commander of the 526th Reserve Division.
He was first buried at the Nieuwe Oosterbegraafplaats in Amsterdam but later re-buried at the Ysselsteyn German war cemetery.
Summary of his career
Dates of rank
- Fähnrich: March 3, 1910
- Leutnant, March 20, 1911
- Oberleutnant, June 18, 1915
- Hauptmann, June 20, 1918
- Major, April 1, 1932
- Oberstleutnant, July 1, 1934
- Oberst, March 1, 1937
- Generalmajor, February 1, 1941
- Generalleutnant, October 1, 1942
- Iron Cross 1914-1918 Second Class of Prussia
- Iron Cross 1914-1918 First Class of Prussia
- Wound Badge 1914-1918 in Silver
- Hanseatic Cross of the city of Hamburg
- War Merit Cross First Class with Swords
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918