Walther Kittel

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Walther Kittel
Born 20 March 1887
Metz, Alsace-Lorraine
Died 11 November 1971
Wiesbaden, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1905–45
Rank Generalstabsarzt
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards German Cross in Silver

Walther Kittel (1887–1971) was a German general during World War II.[1]

Biography[edit]

Walther Kittel was born in Metz, Alsace-Lorraine, on 20 March 1887. Kittel joined the German Army straight from school at eighteen years old in order to become a military doctor. As Oberarzt, Kittel began a brilliant career in the University of Göttingen.

From 1914 to 1918, during the First World War, Kittel served as Stabsarzt. He stayed in the army after the war, as a medical officer. Walther Kittel was promoted to the rank of Generaloberarzt on April 1931,[2] and Oberstarzt on January janvier 1934. He continued his career as Generalarzt on January 1937 and janvier 1937, and eventually Generalstabsarzt on 1 October 1940.

Affected first in the 1st Army, he was posted then in the 12th Army on 22 December 1940, then in the 6th Army on 19 June 1942. As Chief Medical Officer in the Army Group Don, Kittel received the German Cross in silver on 24 February 1943. Chief Medical Officer in the Army Group South from March 1943 to April 1944, he was then assigned to the Army Group Ukraine, athen to the Army Group A from September 1944 to January 1945 and eventually to the Army Group Centre, from January to May 1945. Prisoner of war on 8 May 1945, Walter Kittel remained in captivity until 1947.

Member of the Scientific Council for Health Affairs of the German Ministry of Defence from 1963 to 1967, Walter Kittel died on 11 November 1971, in Wiesbaden.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Helmut Berthold: Die Lilien und den Wein: Gottfried Benns Frankreich, Würzburg : Königshausen & Neumann, 1999, p.105.
  2. ^ a b c Rangliste des Deutschen Reichsheeres. dir.: Reichswehrministerium. Mittler & Sohn Verlag. Berlin 1932. p. 10

Sources[edit]

  • Helmut Berthold: Die Lilien und den Wein: Gottfried Benns Frankreich, Würzburg : Königshausen & Neumann, 1999.