Moritz von Drebber

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Moritz Otto von Drebber
Born12 February 1892
Oldenburg, Duchy of Oldenburg, German Empire
Died30 May 1968(1968-05-30) (aged 76)
Oldenburg, West Germany
Allegiance German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Years of service1911–20
Commands held297th Infantry Division
Battles/warsBattle of Stalingrad
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other workNational Committee for a Free Germany

Moritz von Drebber (12 February 1892 – 30 May 1968) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II who commanded the 297th Infantry Division. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Drebber surrendered the division on 25 January 1943 during the Battle of Stalingrad. He then sent a letter to Friedrich Paulus stating "he and his soldiers were well received by the Red army." Drebber also asked Paulus to "give up the useless resistance and to surrender with the whole army." [1] He joined the National Committee for a Free Germany while in captivity. He was released in 1949.

Awards and decorations[edit]



  1. ^ Adam, Wilhelm; Ruhle, Otto (2015). With Paulus at Stalingrad. Translated by Tony Le Tissier. Pen and Sword Books Ltd. p. 198. ISBN 9781473833869.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 139.


  • 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.
Military offices
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Max Pfeffer
Commander of 297. Infanterie-Division
16 January 1943 - 25 January 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Deutsch