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Ludwig Heinrich Gaedcke
Born 16 January 1905
Died 21 December 1992(1992-12-21) (aged 87)
Place of birth Guben
Place of death Waldesch
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1924–1945
1956–1965
Rank Generalmajor (Wehrmacht)
Generalleutnant (Bundeswehr)
Commands held 11. Panzergrenadier-Division
III. Corps
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Ludwig Heinrich Gaedcke (16 January 1905 – 21 December 1992) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II and a Generalleutnant in the Bundeswehr. 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. Heinrich Gaedcke was captured by American forces in May 1945 and was held until 1947.

He commanded the new Bundeswehr's 11th Panzergrenadier Division from 1959 to 1960.

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Citations
  1. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 128.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 158.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [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]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001) (in German). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2]. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst i.G. Hellmuth Schultze
Chief of the Generalstab XI. Armeekorps
7 December 1943 – 25 February 1944
Succeeded by
Oberst i.G. Hellmuth Schultze
Preceded by
Generalmajor Helmuth Voelter
Chief of the Generalstab 6. Armee
15 August 1944 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
None
Commander of 11. Panzergrenadier-Division (Bundeswehr)
1 November 1959 – 31 December 1960
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Cord von Hobe
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Smilo Freiherr von Lüttwitz
Commander of III. Corps (Bundeswehr)
1 January 1961 – 31 March 1965
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Albert Schnez


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