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Job Wilhelm Odebrecht
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1971-033-33, Lagebesprechung im Hauptquartier der Heeresgruppe Weichsel.jpg
Last front visit of Adolf Hitler on 3 March 1945. Standing behind Hitler from left to right: General der Artillerie Wilhelm Berlin, Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim, Generalmajor Franz Reuß, General der Flakartillerie Job Odebrecht and General der Infanterie Theodor Busse
Born 25 February 1892
Died 20 November 1982(1982-11-20) (aged 90)
Place of birth Koblenz
Place of death Bad Homburg
  • Flag of the German Empire.svg German Empire (to 1918)
  • Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Weimar Republic (to 1920)
  • Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Years of service
  • 1909–1920
  • 1935–1945
Rank General der Flakartillerie
Commands held
  • 6. Flak-Division
  • III. Flakkorps
  • II. Flakkorps
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Police officer

Job Wilhelm Odebrecht (25 February 1892 – 20 November 1982) was a highly decorated General der Flakartillerie 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. He was captured in May 1945 and was released in 1947.


Odebrecht entered the German navy as an officer cadet in 1909 and was commissioned in 1912. After serving on flotilla craft and capital ships, he was assigned to East Africa. He commanded a company of naval troops there when World War I broke out, and was captured by the Belgians in 1916, when German East Africa fell to the Allies. During the inter-war period, he served as a policeman, attaining the rank of major. He joined the German air force in 1935, and was promoted to Lt. Col at the end of that year. His commands included the 1st bn., 11th flak rgt. (1936), 71st flak bn. (1937), 1st bn., 34th flak rgt. (1938), 25th flak rgt. (1938), 8th flak rgt. (1939), 5th Luftwaffe defense command (1940), 6th Luftwaffe Defense Command (1941), 6th flak division (1942), 21st Luftwaffe Field Division (1942), III Luftwaffe Field Corps (1943), II flak corps (1944–45). He was promoted to General der Flakartillerie on December 1, 1942.

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 268.
  • 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. 
  • Hildebrand, Karl F. Die Generale der Deutschen Luftwaffe, 1935-1945, vol.3, pp. 3–5. Osnabruck, Germany: Biblio Verlag, 1992. ISBN 3-7648-2209-0.
  • 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
Commander of 6. Flak-Division
September 1, 1941 – September 1, 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Werner Anton
Preceded by
Generaloberst Otto Deßloch
Commander of II. Flakkorps
October 1, 1943 – May 8, 1945
Succeeded by

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