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Gerhard Matzky
Born (1894-03-19)March 19, 1894
Died 9 June 1983(1983-06-09) (aged 89)
Place of birth Küstrin
Place of death Bad Godesberg
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Bundeswehr
Years of service 1912–1945
1956–1960
Rank General der Infanterie (Wehrmacht)
Generalleutnant (Bundeswehr)
Commands held 21. Infanterie-Division
XXVIII. Armeekrops
XXVI. Armeekorps
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Bundeswehr
Chairman of the Association of German soldiers

Gerhard Matzky (19 March 1894 – 9 June 1983) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several corps. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Gerhard Matzky was captured by British troops in 1945 and was released in 1948. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr and served until 1960.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
11 April 1944 Südlich Pleskau griffen die Sowjets auch gestern nicht wieder an. Seit dem 31. März 1944 haben hier deutsche Truppen unter dem Oberbefehl des Generals der Artillerie Loch und unter Führung von Generalleutnant Matzky die Durchbruchsversuche weit überlegener feindlicher Infanterie- und Panzerverbände vereitelt und dem Feind hohe Menschen- und Materialverluste zugefügt.[2] The Soviets again did not attack south of Pskov yesterday. Since 31 March 1944, German troops under the overall command of General of Artillery Loch and led by Lieutenant General Matzky have prevented the breakthrough attempts of far superior enemy infantry and tank units and inflicted high human and material losses to the enemy.

References[edit | edit source]

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 249.
  2. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 78.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Otto Sponheimer
Commander of 21. Infanterie-Division
10 January 1943 - 1 October 1943
Succeeded by
Oberst Hubertus Lamey
Preceded by
Oberst Hubertus Lamey
Commander of 21. Infanterie-Division
December 1943 - 1 March 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Franz Sensfuß
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Hebert Loch
Commander of XXVIII. Armeekorps
28 March 1944 - 20 May 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Hans Gollnick
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Anton Grasser
Commander of XXVI. Armeekorps
6 July 1944 - Surrender
Succeeded by
none


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