Maximilian Fretter-Pico

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Maximilian Fretter-Pico
Born 6 February 1892
Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire
Died 4 April 1984 (1984-04-05) (aged 92)
Kreuth, Bavaria, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1910–45
Rank General der Artillerie
Commands held XXX. Armeekorps

World War I

World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Relations Otto Fretter-Pico (brother)

Maximilian Ludwig Julius Franz Fretter-Pico (6 February 1892 – 4 April 1984) was a German general during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, awarded by Nazi Germany to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Maximilian Fretter-Pico was born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Fretter-Pico entered service on 20 September 1910 with the Imperial German Army's artillery units. He was a junior officer at the start of World War I. By the end of the war, he had been promoted to the rank of captain. During the inter-war years, he remained in the German military, reaching the rank of major by the time the Nazi Party came to power. In 1938, as a colonel, he was sent to Turkey as a military attaché. Although he was recalled to Germany for the outbreak of World War II in Europe, he missed the campaigns in Poland and France. In Mar 1941, he was promoted to the rank of major general.

At the start of Operation Barbarossa, Fretter-Pico was given command of the 97th Jäger Division in Army Group South. On 27 December 1941, he was given command of XXX Corps, which participated in the Battle of Sevastopol in southern Ukraine. Fretter-Pico was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general on 15 January 1942, and a full general by June 1942. He remained the commanding officer of XXX Corps until mid-1944, and then commanded the 6th Army for the remainder of the year. On 30 March 1945, he was given command of IX Corps, an under-strength reserve unit. He was captured by American forces on 22 April 1945 and remained a prisoner until 1947.

Family grave at the Cemetery IV of the Jerusalem and New Church at Bergmannstraße No. 45-47 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Fretter-Pico died at Bad Wiessee in Bavaria, Germany.




  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 179.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Wegmann 2010, p. 163.
  3. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 122.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 318.


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  • 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. 
  • Wegmann, Günter (2010). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil III: Infanterie Band 7: Fl–Fu [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part III: Infantry Volume 7: Fl–Fu] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2380-1. 
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Military offices
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Sigismund von Förster
Commander of 97. Infanterie-Division
15 April 1941 – 27 December 1941
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Ernst Rupp
Preceded by
Generaloberst Hans von Salmuth
Commander of XXX. Armeekorps
27 December 1941 – 4 July 1944
Succeeded by
General der Kavallerie Philipp Kleffel
Preceded by
General Maximilian de Angelis
Commander of 6. Armee
17 July 1944 – 22 December 1944
Succeeded by
General Hermann Balck