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Gotthard Frantz
Born (1888-05-05)May 5, 1888
Died 21 January 1973(1973-01-21) (aged 84)
Place of birth Berlin
Place of death Bad Homburg vor der Höhe
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1921)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1907–1918)
Reichswehr (1919–1921)
Heer (1935-1937)
Luftwaffe (1937–1945)
Years of service 1907–1921
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 12. Flak-Division
19. Flak-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gotthard Frantz (5 May 1888 – 21 January 1973) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Luftwaffe during World War II. 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. Gotthard Frantz was captured by American forces at the end of the Tunisia Campaign on 13 May 1943. He was held until February 1945 when he was released due to ill health. He was later captured by Soviet troops in April and held until 1949.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 155.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. 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.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf Eibenstein
Commander of 12. Flak-Division (mot)
1 December 1941 - 21 December 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Ernst Buffa
Preceded by
General der Flakartillerie Dipl.Ing. Heinrich Burchard
Commander of 19. Flak-Division
21 December 1942 - 13 May 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Paul Pavel

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