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Dipl.-Ing Karl Freiherr von Lersner
Born 1 July 1898
Died 25 January 1943(1943-01-25) (age 77)
Place of birth Frankfurt am Main
Place of death Orel, Russia
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1916 - 1943
Rank Generalmajor (Posthumously)
Commands held Grenadier-Regiment 537

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Dipl.-Ing Karl Freiherr von Lersner[a] [b](1 July 1898 – 25 January 1943) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht 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. Karl Freiherr von Lersner was killed on 25 January 1943 near Orel, Russia. He was posthumously promoted to Generalmajor and on 12 March 1943 was awarded the Knight's Cross.

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  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The female forms are Freifrau and Freiin.
  • b In German an engineer's degree is called Diplom-Ingenieur (abbreviated Dipl.-Ing.)


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 237.
  • 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. 
  • 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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