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The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest award in the military of the Third Reich during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme gallantry. The following is the second part of the list of all 725 Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients whose last name starts with "B". Listed here are the 357 recipients whose last name is in the range "Bn–Bz". The recipients whose last name is in the range "Ba–Bm" is listed at List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (Ba–Bm).

The number of 357 Knight's Cross recipients whose last name is in the range "Bn–Bz" is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[1] Author and historian Veit Scherzer has challenged the validity of 8 of these listings.[2] The recipients are initially ordered alphabetically by last name. The rank listed is the recipient's rank at the time the Knight's Cross was awarded.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades were based on four separate enactments. The first enactment, Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 1573 of 1 September 1939 instituted the Iron Cross (Eisernes Kreuz), the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (Großkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). Article 2 of the enactment mandated that the award of a higher class be preceded by the award of all preceding classes.[3] As the war progressed, some of the recipients of the Knight's Cross distinguished themselves further and a higher grade, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, was instituted. The Oak Leaves, as they were commonly referred to, were based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940.[4] In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross were instituted. The enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 introduced the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern) and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten).[5] At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten), based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11 of 29 December 1944, became the final variant of the Knight's Cross authorized.[6]

Recipients[edit | edit source]

The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (Supreme Command of the Armed Forces) kept separate Knight's Cross lists, one for each of the three military branches, Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air force) and for the Waffen-SS. Within each of these lists a unique sequential number was assigned to each recipient. The same numbering paradigm was applied to the higher grades of the Knight's Cross, one list per grade.[7] The sequential numbers greater than 843 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and 143 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords are unofficial and were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and are therefore denoted in parentheses.[8]

      This along with the + (plus) indicates that a higher grade of Knight's Cross was awarded as well.
      This along with the * (asterisk) indicates that the Knight's Cross was awarded posthumously.
      This along with the ! (exclamation mark) indicates that author Walther-Peer Fellgiebel has expressed doubt regarding the veracity or formal correctness of the listing.
      This along with the ? (question mark) indicates that historian Veit Scherzer has expressed doubt regarding the veracity or formal correctness of the listing.

Name Service Rank Role and unit[Note 1] Date of award Notes Image
Bob, Hans-EkkehardHans-Ekkehard Bob Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[9] Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 54[9][10] 7 March 1941[9]
Bobbe, ReinholdReinhold Bobbe Heer 14-HHauptmann[11] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 870[11][12] 23 March 1945[11]
Bochentin, RichardRichard Bochentin Heer 15-HMajor[11] Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 405[11][12] 12 February 1944[11]
Bochmann, GeorgGeorg Bochmann+ Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer[11] Commander of SS-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung "Totenkopf"[12][Note 2] 3 May 1942[11] Awarded 246th Oak Leaves 17 May 1943
140th Swords 26 March 1945[11]
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Bochnig, HelmutHelmut Bochnig Heer 15-HMajor[11] Commander of Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 228[11][12] 9 June 1944[11]
Bock, AlbertAlbert Bock Luftwaffe 11-LStabsfeldwebel[11] Observer in the Stab/Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[11][12] 4 September 1941[11]
Bock, Fedor vonFedor von Bock Heer 21-HGeneraloberst[11] Commander-in-Chief of Heeresgruppe Nord[11][12] 30 September 1939[11]
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Bock, Friedrich-WilhelmFriedrich-Wilhelm Bock+ Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer und Oberstleutnant of the Schupo[11] Commander of the II./SS-Polizei-Artillerie-Regiment 4[11][12] 28 March 1943[11] Awarded 570th Oak Leaves 2 September 1944[11]
Bock, HansHans Bock Heer 14-HHauptmann[11] Commander of schwere Panzer-Abteilung "Großdeutschland"[11][12] 5 February 1945[11]
Bock, KarlKarl Bock Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[11] Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 97[11][12] 3 May 1942[11]
Bockhoff, EngelbertEngelbert Bockhoff Heer 14-HHauptmann[11] Commander of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 9[11][12] 18 November 1943[11]
Boddien, Oskar vonOskar von Boddien+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[11] Commander of Divisions-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 22[13][Note 3] 2 October 1941[11] Awarded 58th Oak Leaves 8 January 1942[11]
Bode, HelmuthHelmuth Bode Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[14] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[12][14] 10 October 1941[14]
Bodendörfer, KurtKurt Bodendörfer Heer 15-HMajor[14] Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 689[12][14] 14 February 1945[14]
Bodenhausen, Erpo Freiherr vonErpo Freiherr von Bodenhausen Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[14] Commander of the 12. Panzer-Division[12][14] 17 December 1943[14]
Boebel, HermannHermann Böbel Heer 04-HObergefreiter Platoon leader in the 1./Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 88[15] 18 February 1944
Boeck, WilhelmWilhelm Böck Heer 17-HOberst[14] Commander of Artillerie-Regiment 176[12][14] 20 January 1943[14]
Boeckel, HermannDr.-jur. Hermann Böckel Heer 17-HOberst of the Reserves Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 688[12] 12 August 1944
Boecker, HeinrichHeinrich Boecker Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 12.(K)/Lehrgeschwader 1[12] 29 February 1944
Boeckh-Behrens, HansHans Boeckh-Behrens Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 32. Infanterie-Division[12] 9 December 1944
Boeckmann, Herbert vonHerbert von Böckmann Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 11. Infanterie-Division[12] 4 December 1941
Boeckmann, Dr. phil. RudolfDr. phil. Rudolf Boeckmann Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves Commander of schwere Artillerie-Abteilung 408[16] 23 July 1942
Boedicker, HeinzHeinz Bödicker Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 209[12] 9 January 1944
Boege, Ehrenfried-OskarEhrenfried-Oskar Boege+ Heer 17-HOberst[17] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 7[17][18] 22 December 1941[17] Awarded 594th Oak Leaves 21 September 1944[17]
Boegel, HermannHermann Bögel Kriegsmarine 12-MLeutnant zur See of the Reserves[17] Commander of Minensucher M-4040[17][19] 13 October 1942[17]
Boehlein, RudolfRudolf Boehlein Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Chief of the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4[18] 30 November 1944
Boehlke, HellmuthHellmuth Böhlke+ Heer 17-HOberst[17] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 430[17][18] 24 September 1942[17] Awarded 716th Oak Leaves 25 January 1945[17]
Boehm, ErnstErnst Böhm Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Chief of the 2./Flak-Regiment 241 (motorized)[18] 20 June 1943
Boehm, FritzFritz Böhm Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 6./Panzer-Regiment 26[18] 23 August 1944
Boehm, WalterWalter Böhm Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Reconnaissance troop leader in the 1./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8[18] 17 March 1945
Boehme, FranzFranz Böhme Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 32. Infanterie-Division[18] 29 June 1940
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Boehme, FriedrichFriedrich Böhme Kriegsmarine 17-MKapitän zur See[17] Einsatzleiter der Kriegsmarine-Kleinkampfmittel in Frankreich (Head of operations of the small naval forces in France)[18][Note 4] 26 August 1944[17]
Boehme, HerbertHerbert Böhme Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 28[18] 19 July 1940
Boehmer, HansHans Boehmer Heer 14-HRittmeister Commander of Aufklärungs-Abteilung 238[18] 10 September 1943
Boehmer, KurtKurt Böhmer Kriegsmarine 17-MKapitän zur See[17] Chef des Stabes Befehlshaber der Sicherung der Nordsee (Chief of Staff of the commander of the security of the North Sea)[17][18] 6 October 1940[17]
Boehmer, LeopoldLeopold Böhmer Heer 15-HMajor[Note 5] Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 270[18][20] 13 July 1940[20]
Boehmke, ReinholdReinhold Böhmke Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 13.(IG)/Grenadier-Regiment 162[18] 6 April 1944
Boehmler, RudolfRudolf Böhmler Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Commander of the I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3[18] 26 March 1944
Boehrendt, MaxMax Böhrendt Heer 13-HOberleutnant Fla platoon leader in the Stabskompanie/Grenadier-Regiment "Großdeutschland"[18] 8 February 1943
Boelsen, Dr.jur. Dr.rer.pol. HansDr.jur. Dr.rer.pol. Hans Boelsen Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 111[18] 17 September 1943
Boelter, JohannesJohannes Bölter+ Heer 12-HLeutnant[20] Platoon leader in the 1./schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502[18][20] 16 April 1944[20] Awarded 581st Oak Leaves 10 September 1944[20]
Boehnk, GeorgGeorg Böhnk Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the II./Panzer-Füsilier-Regiment "Großdeutschland"[18] 18 February 1945
Boenicke, WalterWalter Boenicke Luftwaffe 19-LGeneralleutnant Commander of the 3. Flieger-Division[18] 14 May 1944
Boening, GeorgGeorg Böning Heer 10-HFahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 13.(IG)/Grenadier-Regiment 412[21] 27 August 1944
Boer, Johannes deJohannes de Boer Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Artillerie-Regiment 22[21] 19 June 1940
Boerngen, ErnstErnst Börngen Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 27[21] 3 August 1944
Boerst, AlwinAlwin Boerst+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant[22] Pilot in the 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[21][22] 5 October 1941[22] Awarded 149th Oak Leaves 28 November 1942
61st Swords 6 April 1944[22]
Boesel, OttoOtto Bösel Luftwaffe 09-LWachtmeister Gun leader in the 2./Flak-Regiment 43 (motorized)[23] 11 June 1944
Boeselager, Georg Freiherr vonGeorg Freiherr von Boeselager+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the I.(reit)/Divisions-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 6[23] 18 January 1941 Awarded 53rd Oak Leaves 31 December 1941
114th Swords 28 November 1944
Boeselager, Philipp Freiherr vonPhilipp Freiherr von Boeselager Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Kavallerie-Regiment Mitte[21] 20 July 1944
Boettcher, KarlKarl Böttcher Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 21. Panzer-Division[21] 13 December 1941
Boettcher, KurtKurt Boettcher Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Artillerie-Regiment 27 (motorized)[21] 4 September 1941
Boettcher, KurtKurt Böttcher Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Pionier-Bataillon 44[21] 21 February 1943
Boettcher, PaulPaul Böttcher Heer 10-HOberwachtmeister Squadron leader in the 2. Marschkompanie/Feldersatz-Abteilung 89[23] 30 September 1944
Boettcher, Walther-HansWalther-Hans Böttcher Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 216[21] 8 February 1943
Boewe, JohannesJohannes Böwe Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Chief of the 14.(Panzerjäger)/Grenadier-Regiment 397[21] 11 December 1943
Boewing-Treuding, WolfgangWolfgang Böwing-Treuding Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelführer of the 10./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[21] 24 March 1943* Killed in action 11 February 1943[21]
Boffer, WilhelmWilhelm Boffer Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[24] Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 1039[21][24] 16 October 1944[24]
Bogatsch, RudolfRudolf Bogatsch Luftwaffe 20-LGeneral der Flieger General der Luftwaffe beim Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres[21] 20 March 1942
Bogert, BrunoBruno Bogert Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Commander of Sicherungs-Bataillon 670[21] 21 April 1944
Bohlens, HelmutHelmut Bohlens Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Pilot in the 5./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 122[21] 21 June 1943* Killed in action 19 April 1943[21]
Bohlken, ErwinErwin Bohlken Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 1./Panzer-Regiment 1[21] 17 March 1945
Bohlmann-Combrinck, TheodorTheodor Bohlmann-Combrinck Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Schützen-Regiment 111[21] 8 August 1941
Bohn, WolfgangWolfgang Bohn Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the III./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 8[21] 9 December 1944
Bohnenkamp, HansHans Bohnenkamp Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves Commander of the III./Artillerie-Regiment 295[25] 22 January 1943
Bohnstedt, WilhelmWilhelm Bohnstedt Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 32. Infanterie-Division[25] 13 October 1941
Boigk, HeinrichHeinrich Boigk+ Heer 06-HOberjäger[24] Group leader of the 2./Jäger-Regiment 49[24][25] 5 May 1943[24] Awarded 370th Oak Leaves 18 January 1944[24]
Boineburg-Lengsfeld, Hans Reichsfreiherr vonHans Reichsfreiherr von Boineburg-Lengsfeld Heer 17-HOberst Commander of the 4. Schützen-Brigade[25] 19 July 1940
Boje, ArthurArthur Boje Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 134[25] 5 February 1942
Boje, JohannesJohannes Boje Heer 17-HOberst[26] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 37[25][26] 11 January 1944[26]
Bolbrinker, Dipl.-Ing. ErnstDipl.-Ing. Ernst Bolbrinker Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Panzer-Regiment 5[27] 15 May 1941
Boldt, GerhardGerhard Boldt Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 3./Divisions-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 158[25] 18 April 1943
Bollmann, BurghardtBurghardt Bollmann Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 1038[25] 5 November 1944* Killed in action 21 October 1944[25]
Bollmann, FredFred Bollmann Luftwaffe 15-LMajor of the Reserves Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Kampfgeschwader 55[25] 29 October 1944
Bolm, Hermann-ErnstHermann-Ernst Bolm Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 434[25] 20 April 1944
Boltenstern, Walter vonWalter von Boltenstern Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 29. Infanterie-Division (motorized)[25] 13 August 1941
Bonath, [Dr.] Hans[Dr.] Hans Bonath[Note 6] Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the Wettererkundungsstaffel 27[25] 26 March 1944
Bonertz, HansHans Bonertz Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 46[25] 27 March 1942
Bonin, Dietrich-Siegwart vonDietrich-Siegwart von Bonin Heer 14-HRittmeister of the Reserves Commander of the I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 21[25] 18 February 1945
Bonin, Eckart-Wilhelm vonEckart-Wilhelm von Bonin Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[25] 5 February 1944
Bonin, Hubertus vonHubertus von Bonin Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 52[25] 21 December 1942
Bonk, GeorgGeorg Bonk+ Heer 04-HObergefreiter[28] Machine gunner in the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 365[25][28] 17 August 1943[28] Awarded 492nd Oak Leaves 9 June 1944[28]
Bonnke, FriedrichFriedrich Bonnke Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[28] Chief of the 3./Flak-Regiment 42 (motorized)[25][28] 6 December 1944[28]
Bonte, FriedrichFriedrich Bonte Kriegsmarine 17-MKapitän zur See[28] Führer der Zerstörer (leader of the destroyers) and of Kampfgruppe Narvik[25][28] 17 October 1940*[28] Killed in action 10 April 1940[25]
Book, WilhelmWilhelm Book Heer 13-HOberleutnant[28] Leader of the 10./Infanterie-Regiment 6[25][28] 26 November 1941[28]
Boos, JohannJohann Boos Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 9./Kampfgeschwader 55[25] 9 October 1943
Boosfeld, JoachimJoachim Boosfeld Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer Chief of the 4./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 16 "Florian Geyer"[25] 21 February 1945
Bopp, AlfredAlfred Bopp Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 9./Infanterie-Regiment 216[29] 21 December 1940
Borch, Alhard Freiherr von derAlhard Freiherr von der Borch Heer 14-HRittmeister Commander of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 115[29] 19 August 1944
Borchardt, ErichErich Borchardt Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Leader of the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 122[29] 17 March 1944
Borchardt, HelmutHelmut Borchardt+ Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[28] Group leader of the 2./Grenadier-Regiment 409[28][29] 30 April 1943[28] Awarded 828th Oak Leaves 14 April 1945[28]
Borchardt, HerbertHerbert Borchardt Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[28] Shock troops leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 189[28][30] 20 March 1944[28]
Borchardt, RobertRobert Borchardt Heer 14-HHauptmann[31] Chief of the Panzerspäh-Kompanie/Aufklärungs-Abteilung (motorized) 341[29][31] 23 August 1941[31]
Borchers, AdolfAdolf Borchers Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 11./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[29] 22 November 1943
Borchers, HermannHermann Borchers Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Leader of the I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 19 "Hohenstaufen"[29] 16 October 1944
Borchers, WalterWalter Borchers Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Geschwaderkommodore of Nachtjagdgeschwader 5[29] 27 July 1944
Borchert, ErnstErnst Borchert Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 29 (motorized)[29] 29 September 1941
Borchert, WilhelmWilhelm Borchert Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 121[29] 11 March 1943
Borck, Hans-GeorgHans-Georg Borck Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 3./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 209[29] 23 December 1943
Bordellé, WalterWalter Bordellé Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Pilot in the 5./Transportgeschwader 2[29] 26 March 1944
Boremski, Eberhard vonEberhard von Boremski Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 7./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[29] 3 May 1942
Borgmann, HeinrichHeinrich Borgmann+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant[31] Chief of the 9./Infanterie-Regiment 46[30][31] 19 July 1940[31] Awarded 71st Oak Leaves 11 February 1942[31]
Bork, MaxMax Bork?[Note 7] Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commanding general of Korps "Bork"[29][Note 8] 11 May 1945
Bormann, Dr.-Ing. ErnstDr.-Ing. Ernst Bormann+ Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant[31] Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 76[29][31] 5 October 1941[31] Awarded 119th Oak Leaves 3 September 1942[31]
Born, ErnstErnst Born Heer 09-HFeldwebel[31] Platoon leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 2[29][31] 21 April 1944*[31] Killed in action 27 March 1944[29]
Born, [Dr.] Heinrich[Dr.] Heinrich Born[Note 6] Heer 13-HOberleutnant[33] Leader of the 4./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 104[29][33] 14 April 1945[33]
Born-Fallois, Gerd vonGerd von Born-Fallois Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Lehr-Abteilung 130[29] 2 January 1945
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Bornemann, RalfRalf Bornemann Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant In the Stab I./Flaksturm-Regiment 5 (motorized)[29] 17 April 1945
Bornhof, RudolfRudolf Bornhof Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 1./Jäger-Regiment 38[29] 3 May 1942
Bornschein, WalterWalter Bornschein Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Pilot in the II./Kampfgeschwader 2[29] 24 September 1942
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Borowietz, WillibaldWillibald Borowietz+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Schützen-Regiment 10[29] 24 July 1941 Awarded 235th Oak Leaves 10 May 1943
Borries, Hermann vonHermann von Borries Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Leader of Infanterie-Regiment 46[34] 3 May 1942
Borris, KarlKarl Borris Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter"[34] 25 November 1944
Borrmann, JoachimJoachim Borrmann Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 427[34] 13 October 1943
Bose, GeorgGeorg Bose Heer 12-HLeutnant Platoon leader in the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 177[34] 21 September 1944
Bose, Jobst-Hilmar vonJobst-Hilmar von Bose Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of the I./Infanterie-Regiment 289[34] 4 December 1941
Boska, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Boska Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer Adjutant of the II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "Das Reich"[34] 16 December 1943
Bostell, Wolfgang vonWolfgang von Bostell+ Heer 12-HLeutnant Platoon leader in the Panzerjäger-Sturmgeschütz-Kompanie 1023[34] 2 September 1944 Awarded (859th) Oak Leaves 30 April 1945
Both, Kuno-Hans vonKuno-Hans von Both Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie Commanding general of the I. Armeekorps[34] 9 July 1941
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Both, PaulPaul Both Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 411[34] 23 December 1942
Botsch, WalterWalter Botsch?[Note 9] Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Acting leader of the LVIII. Panzerkorps[35][Note 10] 9 May 1945
Bottler, AlfredAlfred Bottler Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 200 (motorized)[34] 3 November 1944
Boxberg, Albrecht vonAlbrecht von Boxberg Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the II./Panzer-Regiment 3[34] 7 February 1944
Braake, GünterGünter Braake Heer 13-HOberleutnant Deputy leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 422[34] 27 August 1944
Brachat, AlbertAlbert Brachat Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 14[34] 4 July 1940
Bracher, Dr.-agrar. HermannDr.-agrar. Hermann Bracher Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 460[34] 23 August 1943
Brackel, Dr.-jur. Bruno Freiherr vonDr.-jur. Bruno Freiherr von Brackel Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the 3./Panzer-Regiment 15[34] 23 August 1941* Killed in action 13 August 1941[34]
Bradel, Ernst-JoachimErnst-Joachim Bradel Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 113[34] 15 December 1943
Bradel, WalterWalter Bradel Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 9./Kampfgeschwader 2[34] 17 September 1941
Braendle, KurtKurt Brändle+ Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[36] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[34][36] 1 July 1942[36] Awarded 114th Oak Leaves 27 August 1942[36]
Braeuer, BrunoBruno Bräuer Luftwaffe 17-LOberst Commander of Fallschjäger-Regiment 1[34] 24 May 1940
Braeundle-Schmidt, KaiKai Bräundle-Schmidt Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Regiment adjutant of Grenadier-Regiment 501[34] 26 March 1944
Brakat, OttoOtto Brakat Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 2./Radfahr-Abteilung 1[34] 27 July 1941
Brambrink, BernhardBernhard Brambrink Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 97[34] 1 September 1943
Bramesfeld, HeinrichHeinrich Bramesfeld Kriegsmarine 17-MKapitän zur See[36] Leader of the 2. Sicherungs-Division[36][37] 21 January 1943[36]
Brand, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Brand Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[37] 5 December 1943
Brandenberger, ErichErich Brandenberger+ Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 8. Panzer-Division[37] 15 July 1941 Awarded 324th Oak Leaves 12 November 1943
Brandenburg, JohannesJohannes Brandenburg Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelführer of the 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[37] 18 September 1940
Brandenburg, MaxMax Brandenburg Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel Pilot in the 5./Kampfgeschwader 101[37] 11 June 1944
Brandes, ErnstErnst Brandes Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 9[37] 5 March 1945
Brandes, WalterWalter Brandes Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Panzer-Regiment 25[37] 28 October 1944
Brandi, AlbrechtAlbrecht Brandi+ Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[38] Commander of U-617[37][38] 21 January 1943[38] Awarded 224th Oak Leaves 11 April 1943
66th Swords 9 May 1944
22nd Diamonds 24 November 1944[38]
Brandner, JosefJosef Brandner+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 912[37] 17 March 1943 Awarded (846th) Oak Leaves 26 April 1945?[Note 11]
Brandner, KasparKaspar Brandner Heer 06-HOberjäger Group leader in the 8./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 91[37] 28 October 1944
Brandt, FranzFranz Brandt Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Shock troops leader in the II./Grenadier-Regiment 953[37] 30 September 1944
Brandt, FriedrichFriedrich Brandt Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 3./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 39[37] 20 August 1942
Brandt, GerhardGerhard Brandt Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 202[37] 12 December 1944
Brandt, Dr.-med. GüntherDr.-med. Günther Brandt Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän of the Reserves[38] Chief of the 21. U-Jagd-Flottille[37][38] 23 December 1943[38]
Brandt, Hans-GeorgHans-Georg Brandt Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Leader of Infanterie-Regiment 577[37] 22 January 1943* Killed in action 4 January 1943[37]
Brandt, Hans-OttoHans-Otto Brandt Heer 12-HLeutnant Platoon leader in the 10./Infanterie-Regiment 67[37] 21 August 1941
Brandt, HeinzHeinz Brandt Heer 11-HStabsfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 4./Grenadier-Regiment 1124[37] 5 March 1945* Killed in action 19 February 1945[37]
Brandt, HeinzHeinz Brandt Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Company leader in the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 103[37] 6 May 1945
Brandt, PaulPaul Brandt Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[40] Pilot in the IV./Jagdgeschwader 54[37][40] 5 September 1944[40]
Brandt, WalterWalter Brandt Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the I./Jagdgeschwader 77[41] 24 March 1943
Brandt, WalterWalter Brandt Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 130[42] 18 July 1944
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Bransch, GüntherGünther Bransch Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Commander of Divisions-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 392 (kroatische)[43] 9 December 1944
Brasack, PaulPaul Brasack Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[40] Commander of U-737[40][42] 30 October 1944[40]
Brasche, RudiRudi Brasche Heer 04-HObergefreiter Group leader in the 4./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 93[42] 9 November 1942
Brassert, KarlKarl Brassert Heer 17-HOberst Kampfkommandant Marienburg (Westpreußen)[44] 10 February 1945
Brauchitsch, Walther vonWalther von Brauchitsch Heer 21-HGeneraloberst Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres (Commander-in-Chief of the Army)[42] 30 September 1939
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Brauer, WalterWalter Brauer Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 14.(Panzerjäger)/Grenadier-Regiment 507[42] 10 September 1944
Braun, AlfredAlfred Braun Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 544[42] 12 August 1944* Killed in action 15 July 1944[42]
Braun, ChristianChristian Braun+ Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 8.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 308[42] 15 July 1944 Awarded 677th Oak Leaves 9 December 1944
Braun, RudolfRudolf Braun Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Staffelführer of the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 3[42] 14 June 1941
Braun, WilhelmWilhelm Braun Heer 15-HMajor[45] Commander of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 576[42][45] 20 January 1943[45]
Braun, WilliWilli Braun Luftwaffe 09-LFahnenjunker-Feldwebel Observer in the 4./Kampfgeschwader 55[42] 9 June 1944
Braun von Stumm, Hans-GüntherHans-Günther Braun von Stumm Heer 14-HRittmeister Leader of Divisions-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 100[42] 20 July 1942* Died of wounds 15 September 1941[42]
Braunegg, [Dr.] Herward[Dr.] Herward Braunegg[Note 6] Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Pilot and observer in the Nahaufklärungs-Gruppe 9[42] 28 March 1944
Brauneis, ErichErich Brauneis Kriegsmarine 16-MFregattenkapitän[45] Chief of the 24. Landungsflottille[42][45] 28 December 1944[45]
Brecht, EugenEugen Brecht Heer 15-HMajor im Generalstab Ib (quartermaster general) of the 131. Infanterie-Division[42] 3 October 1943
Bredemeier, WilhelmWilhelm Bredemeier Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 12.(MG)/Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 91[42] 9 November 1942
Bredemeyer, FranzFranz Bredemeyer Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 2./Infanterie-Regiment 156 (motorized)[42] 23 August 1943
Breer, HermannHermann Breer Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Platoon leader in the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 78[42] 8 August 1944* Killed in action 19 July 1944[42]
Breese, WernerWerner Breese Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Pilot in the 5.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 122[42] 29 February 1944
Bregenzer, JosefJosef Bregenzer+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 245[42] 20 April 1943 Awarded 427th Oak Leaves 17 March 1944
Breger, ClausClaus Breger+ Heer 11-HStabsfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 27[42] 4 September 1942 Awarded 700th Oak Leaves 14 January 1945
Brehme, GerhardGerhard Brehme Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[46] Platoon leader in the 1./Panzer-Abteilung 52[46][47] 23 August 1943*[46] Died of wounds 17 July 1943[47][Note 12]
Brehmer, GustavGustav Brehmer Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[46] Commander of Pionier-Bataillon 271[46][47] 9 December 1944[46]
Brehmer, RudolfRudolf Brehmer Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[46] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 347[46][47] 22 February 1942[46]
Breidenbach, Friedrich-WilhelmFriedrich-Wilhelm Breidenbach Heer 15-HMajor[46] Leader of the Panzer-Brigade 101[46][47] 30 September 1944[46]
Breith, HermannHermann Breith+ Heer 17-HOberst[46] Commander of the 5. Panzer-Brigade[46][47] 3 June 1940[46] Awarded 69th Oak Leaves 31 January 1942
48th Swords 21 February 1944[46]
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Breithaupt, FritzFritz Breithaupt+ Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän of the Reserves[46] Chief of the 12. Minensuchflottille[46][47] 3 August 1941[46] Awarded 387th Oak Leaves 10 February 1944[46]
Bremer, GerhardGerhard Bremer+ Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer Leader of the 1.(Kradschützen-Kompanie)/Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"[48] 30 October 1941 Awarded 668th Oak Leaves 26 November 1944
Bremermann, OskarOskar Bremermann?[Note 13] Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 209[47] 9 May 1945
Bremm, JosefJosef Bremm+ Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[46] Chief of the 5./Infanterie-Regiment 426[46][48] 18 February 1942[46] Awarded 165th Oak Leaves 23 December 1943[46]
(159th) Swords 9 May 1945?[Note 14]
Brendel, AlbertAlbert Brendel Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 274[47] 20 January 1943
Brendel, HansHans Brendel Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 689[47] 7 December 1942
Brendel, JoachimJoachim Brendel+ Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[47] 22 November 1943 Awarded 697th Oak Leaves 14 January 1945
Brenig, PeterPeter Brenig Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[49] Group leader in the Regiments-Pionier-Zug/Grenadier-Regiment 669[47][49] 15 June 1944*[49] Killed in action 23 March 1944[47]
Brennecke, KurtKurt Brennecke Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie Commanding general of the XXXXIII. Armeekorps[47] 12 July 1942
Brennecke, WilhelmWilhelm Brennecke Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the Stab II./Kampfgeschwader 55[47] 26 March 1944
Brenner, GerhardGerhard Brenner Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant of the Reserves Pilot in the 2.(K)/Lehrgeschwader 1[47] 5 July 1941
Brenner, HarroHarro Brenner Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Leader of the Infanterie-Kompanie "De Kaste"[48] 16 April 1943
Brenner, Karl-HeinrichKarl-Heinrich Brenner Waffen-SS 19-WSS-Gruppenführer and Generalleutnant of the Waffen-SS Commander of 6. SS-Gebirgs-Division "Nord"[47] 27 December 1944
Brentführer, GerhardGerhard Brentführer Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 4.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 9[47] 4 October 1944
Bretnütz, HeinzHeinz Bretnütz Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 53[47] 21 October 1940
Bretschneider, HeinzHeinz Bretschneider Luftwaffe 10-LOberwachtmeister Battery officer in the I./Flak-Regiment 13 (motorized)[47] 3 February 1943
Bretschneider, KlausKlaus Bretschneider Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Pilot in the 5./Jagdgeschwader 300[50] 18 November 1944
Brettschneider, KonradKonrad Brettschneider Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 904[50] 1 February 1945
Bretz, HansHans Bretz?[Note 15] Heer 10-HOberfähnrich Platoon leader in the Panzer-Vernichtungs-Brigade Oberschlesien[50] 6 May 1945
Breu, Peter-PaulPeter-Paul Breu Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[52] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Kampfgeschwader 3 "Lützow"[50][52] 2 October 1942[52]
Breuker, HelmuthHelmuth Breuker Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the I./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 141[50] 26 November 1944
Briegel, HansHans Briegel Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Leader of Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Hermann Göring"[50] 14 January 1945
Briel, GeorgGeorg Briel Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Heeres-Flak-Bataillon 606[53] 23 July 1942
Briesen, Kurt vonKurt von Briesen Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 30. Infanterie-Division[50] 27 October 1939
Brill, Dr.-Ing. Karl-FriedrichDr.-Ing. Karl-Friedrich Brill+ Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän of the Reserves[52] Commander of Minenschiff Cobra and leader of a mine laying group[50][Note 16] 27 December 1941[52] Awarded 330th Oak Leaves 18 November 1943[52]
Brill, KurtKurt Brill Heer 15-HMajor Deputy leader of Grenadier-Regiment 956[50] 4 July 1944
Brinckmann, FriedrichFriedrich Brinckmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Pilot in the 6.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 122[50] 30 December 1943
Brinkforth, HubertHubert Brinkforth Heer 03-HGefreiter Pak gunner in the 14.(Panzerjäger)/Infanterie-Regiment 25[50] 7 March 1941
Brinkmann, HelmuthHelmuth Brinkmann Kriegsmarine 19-MVizeadmiral[52] Kommadierender Admiral Schwarzes Meer (commanding admiral of the Black Sea)[50][52] 17 May 1944[52]
Britzelmayr, KarlKarl Britzelmayr Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[52] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 217[50][52] 2 February 1942[52]
Britzke, Achim vonAchim von Britzke Heer 14-HHauptmann[Note 17] Chief of Panzerjäger-Sturmgeschütz-Kompanie 1299[50][Note 17] 23 October 1944[54]
Broch, HugoHugo Broch Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel Pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 54[50] 12 March 1945
Brockdorff, Cay-Lorenz Baron vonCay-Lorenz Baron von Brockdorff Heer 13-HOberleutnant Regiment adjutant of Panzer-Regiment 15[50] 14 April 1945
Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, Ernst-Albrecht Graf vonErnst-Albrecht Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt Heer 14-HRittmeister Commander of Kradschützen-Bataillon 22[50] 26 December 1942
Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, Walter Graf vonWalter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt+ Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie Commanding general of the II. Armeekorps[53] 15 July 1941 Awarded 103rd Oak Leaves 27 June 1942
Brocke, JürgenJürgen Brocke Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Pilot in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 77[50] 9 December 1942* Killed in action 15 September 1942[50] Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2004-0101, Jürgen Brocke.jpg
Brocks, Dr. KarlDr. Karl Brocks Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Regiment adjutant of Grenadier-Regiment 123[50] 30 September 1944
Brod, RolandRoland Brod Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 467[50] 23 February 1944* Died of wounds 5 January 1944[50]
Brodowski, HeinrichHeinrich Brodowski Heer 04-HObergefreiter Machine gunner in the 8.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 386[55] 18 December 1944
Broeckerhoff, WilhelmWilhelm Bröckerhoff?[Note 18] Heer 15-HMajor Leader of Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment "Brandenburg"[55] 8 May 1945
Broeffel, WilhelmWilhelm Broeffel Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 502[55] 14 November 1943
Broekelmann, JostJost Brökelmann Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän Chief of the 2. Räumbootflottille[55] 14 June 1942
Broennle, HerbertHerbert Broennle Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 54[55] 14 March 1943
Broesamle, KarlKarl Brösamle Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[58] Rifle leader in the 4.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 330[55][Note 19] 26 June 1944[58]
Brogsitter, EduardEduard Brogsitter Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelführer in the II./Kampfgeschwader 76[55] 24 March 1943
Broich, Friedrich Freiherr vonFriedrich Freiherr von Broich Heer 17-HOberst Commander of the 24. Panzergrenadier-Brigade[59] 28 August 1942
Broich, PeterPeter Broich Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 2./Kampfgeschwader 2[55] 24 September 1942
Bromen, WilhelmWilhelm Bromen Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant of the Reserves Pilot and z.b.V. Offizier (officer for special deployment) in the 4./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[55] 16 April 1943
Brommann, KarlKarl Brommann Waffen-SS 12-WSS-Untersturmführer Leader of the 1./schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503[55] 29 April 1945
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Bronsart von Schellendorff, Heinrich-WalterHeinrich-Walter Bronsart von Schellendorff+ Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 13[55] 10 September 1943 Awarded 394th Oak Leaves 12 February 1944
Brosow, SiegfriedSiegfried Brosow Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Chief of the 1./SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon "Das Reich"[55] 13 November 1943
Brucher, PaulPaul Brucher Heer 12-HLeutnant Platoon leader in the 3./Infanterie-Regiment 447[55] 23 October 1941
Bruchmann, GerhardGerhard Bruchmann Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 12[55] 6 August 1943
Bruck, HelmutHelmut Bruck+ Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[55] 4 September 1941 Awarded 193rd Oak Leaves 19 February 1943
Bruck, VictorVictor Bruck Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[60] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 376[55][60] 20 October 1944[60]
Brucker, JohannJohann Brucker Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 959[55] 5 April 1945
Brucker, WalterWalter Brucker Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the III./Jäger-Regiment 56[55] 16 April 1943
Bruecker, HeinrichHeinrich Brücker Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[55] 22 June 1941
Bruecker, Otto-HermannOtto-Hermann Brücker Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 6. Volks-Grenadier-Division[55] 14 April 1945
Brueckner, Erich vonErich von Brückner Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Jäger-Regiment 1 "Brandenburg"[55] 11 March 1945
Brückner, WilhelmWilhelm Brückner Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Gun leader in the 14.(Panzerjäger)/Infanterie-Regiment 253[55] 5 October 1941
Brueckner, WolfgangWolfgang Brückner Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 3./Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"[55] 5 December 1943* Killed in action 14 July 1943[55]
Brueggemann, HeinrichHeinrich Brüggemann Heer 09-HFeldwebel Company troop leader in the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 178[55] 5 April 1945
Brueggemann, KarlKarl Brüggemann Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the Stabskompanie/Infanterie-Regiment 5[61] 28 November 1940
Bruehl, Friedrich-August Graf vonFriedrich-August Graf von Brühl Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Chief of the 8./Panzer-Regiment 2[62] 3 November 1942
Bruening, WalterWalter Brüning Heer 12-HLeutnant Company chief in the III./Infanterie-Regiment 508[61] 12 January 1942
Bruer, AlfredAlfred Bruer Heer 17-HOberst[63] Commander of Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 155[62][63] 30 July 1942[63]
Bruetsch, JosefJosef Bruetsch Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 1./Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 305[61] 17 March 1945
Bruhn, HansHans Bruhn Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 90[62] 29 December 1942
Bruhn, JohannesJohannes Bruhn Heer 17-HOberst Artilleriekommandeur 149[62] 20 December 1943
Bruins, Derk-ElskoDerk-Elsko Bruins Waffen-SS 04-WSS-Rottenführer Gun leader in the 1./SS-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 54 "Nederland"[62] 23 August 1944
Brunk, EdgarEdgar Brunk Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 2./Füsilier-Regiment 202[62] 3 July 1944
Brunner, AlbertAlbert Brunner Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 6./Jagdgeschwader 5[61] 3 July 1943* Killed in action 7 May 1943[62]
Brunner, EduardEduard Brunner+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 62[62] 27 February 1944 Awarded 638th Oak Leaves 28 October 1944
Bruns, ArthurArthur Bruns Heer 15-HMajor Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 245[62] 3 April 1943* Killed in action 4 February 1943[62]
Bruns, Dr.-jur. AxelDr.-jur. Axel Bruns Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 7./Artillerie-Regiment 241[62] 29 August 1943
Bruns, DiedrichDiedrich Bruns Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves Commander of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 16[61] 9 August 1942
Bruns, Gustav-AdolfGustav-Adolf Bruns Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 74[62] 15 October 1942
Brunsiek, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Brunsiek Heer 12-HLeutnant[Note 20] Leader of the 4./Grenadier-Regiment 43[62][64] 5 April 1945[64]
Brutscher, FritzFritz Brutscher Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[64] Leader of the 3./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 92[61][64] 22 January 1943[64]
Brux, AlbertAlbert Brux+ Heer 14-HHauptmann[64] Commander of the I./Schützen-Regiment 66[62][64] 12 September 1941[64] Awarded 504th Oak Leaves 24 June 1944[64]
Buchenau, FritzFritz Buchenau Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Fahnenjunker-Regiment 4 of the Artillerie-Schule II Groß-Born[62] 28 March 1945
Buchholz, HansHans Buchholz Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant of the Reserves Pilot in the 1./Kampfgeschwader 40[62] 24 March 1941
Buchler, Helmut-WolfgangHelmut-Wolfgang Buchler Heer 14-HHauptmannref name="Scherzer p249"/> Commander of the I./Infanterie-Regiment 204[62] ref name="Scherzer p249"/> 6 January 1942*ref name="Scherzer p249"/> Killed in action 10 December 1941[62]
Buchner, FranzFranz Buchner Heer 13-HOberleutnantref name="Scherzer p249"/> Chief of the 5./Infanterie-Regiment 30 (motorized)[62] ref name="Scherzer p249"/> 2 October 1941ref name="Scherzer p249"/>
Buchner, HermannHermann Buchner Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Commander of the III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5[65] 16 June 1944
Buchner, HermannHermann Buchner Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 6./Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[65] 20 July 1944
Bucholz, MaxMax Bucholz Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän in the I./Jagdgeschwader 3[65] 12 August 1941
Buchterkirch, Ernst-GeorgErnst-Georg Buchterkirch+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant[64] Platoon leader in the 2./Panzer-Regiment 6[64][65] 29 June 1940[64] Awarded 44th Oak Leaves 31 December 1941[64]
Buck, AlbertAlbert Buck Heer 17-HOberst[64] Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 305[64][66] 17 July 1941[64]
Buck, FriedrichFriedrich Buck Waffen-SS 09-WSS-Oberscharführer[67] Leader of the 5./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15 "Florian Geyer"[65][Note 21] 27 January 1945[67]
Buck, WilhelmWilhelm Buck Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[67] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2[65][67] 31 July 1943[67]
Buckel, KarlKarl Buckel Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[67] Chief of the 3./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 277[65][67] 15 July 1944[67]
Budaeus, KurtKurt Budäus Heer 13-HOberleutnant Machine gun platoon leader in the I./Infanterie-Regiment 307[65] 21 December 1940
Budahl, GeorgGeorg Budahl Heer 12-HLeutnant Platoon leader in the 1./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 121[65] 21 September 1944
Budka, FranzFranz Budka Waffen-SS 12-WSS-Untersturmführer Leader of the 1./SS-Festungs-Regiment 1 "Besslein"[65] 19 April 1945
Buechau, BrunoBruno Büchau Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 159[65] 19 August 1944
Buechting, HermannHermann Büchting Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant Commander of Schnellboot S-27 in the 1. Schnellbootflottille[65] 22 April 1943
Buehlbecker, HermannHermann Bühlbecker Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 436[65] 23 August 1944
Buehler, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Bühler?[Note 22] Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 "Germania"[66] 6 May 1945
Buehligen, KurtKurt Bühligen+ Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[67] Pilot in the II./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[65][Note 23] 4 September 1941[67] Awarded 413th Oak Leaves 2 March 1944
88th Swords 14 August 1944[67]
Buelow, Karl-August Freiherr vonKarl-August Freiherr von Bülow Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Panzer-Regiment 24[65] 12 December 1944
Buelow, Otto vonOtto von Bülow+ Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[69] Commander of U-404[65][69] 20 October 1942[69] Awarded 234th Oak Leaves 26 April 1943[69] 100px
Buelow-Bothkamp, Harry vonHarry von Bülow-Bothkamp Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant of the Reserves Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[65] 22 August 1940
Buelowius, AlfredAlfred Bülowius Luftwaffe 17-LOberst Geschwaderkommodore of (K)Lehrgeschwader 1[65] 4 July 1940
Buenau, Rudolf vonRudolf von Bünau+ Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 133[70] 15 August 1940 Awarded 766th Oak Leaves 5 March 1945
Buenau, Rudolf vonRudolf von Bünau Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 9[70] 8 August 1943
Buentemeyer, HansHans Büntemeyer Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Commander in the II./Grenadier-Regiment 399[70] 18 February 1945
Buergel, WilhelmWilhelm Bürgel Heer 10-HOberwachtmeister Battery officer in the 5./Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment 8[70] 29 February 1944
Buerger, AlbertAlbert Bürger Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant In the Stab 4. Flak-Division[70] 17 April 1945
Buerger, OttoOtto Bürger Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 1./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3[70] 14 April 1945
Buerger, ThomasThomas Bürger Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 528[71] 4 March 1942
Buergerhoff, WilhelmWilhelm Bürgerhoff Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 166[70] 5 May 1943
Buerker, UlrichUlrich Bürker Heer 16-HOberstleutnant im Generalstab Ia (operations officer) of the 10. Panzer-Division[70] 19 January 1943
Buesen, NikolausDr. Nikolaus Büsen Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[72] Staffelführer of the 1./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 122[70][Note 24] 4 September 1942*[72] Died of wounds 14 June 1942[70]
Buesing, OttoOtto Büsing Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Panzer-Regiment 39[70] 21 November 1942
Buesing, WilhelmWilhelm Büsing Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 280[70] 28 February 1945
Buessecke, ArthurArthur Büssecke Luftwaffe 06-LUnteroffizier Gun leader in the 2./Flak-Regiment 49 (motorized)[70] 23 December 1942
Buetow, HansHans Bütow Kriegsmarine 17-MKapitän zur See Führer der Torpedoboote (leader of torpedo boats)[70] 12 March 1941
Buettner, FranzFranz Büttner Heer 04-HObergefreiter Group leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 67[70] 18 December 1944
Buettner, ManfredManfred Büttner?[Note 25] Luftwaffe 09-LFahnenjunker-Feldwebel Leader of the 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 26[70] 29 April 1945
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1992-018-25A, Hauptmann Manfred Büttner.jpg
Buffa, ErnstErnst Buffa Luftwaffe 19-LGeneralleutnant Commander of the 12. Flak-Division (motorized)[70] 5 September 1944
Buhr, MartinMartin Buhr Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 202[70] 11 September 1943
Buhr, Rudolf deRudolf de Buhr Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 5./Infanterie-Regiment 76 (motorized)[70] 2 October 1943
Buhse, RudolfRudolf Buhse Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 47[70] 17 August 1942
Bujak, HansHans Bujak Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 10./Grenadier-Regiment 7[70] 27 August 1944
Bukatschek, OttoOtto Bukatschek Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 10./Schützen-Regiment 52[70] 24 July 1941
Bulla, LudwigLudwig Bulla Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant[76] Commander of Flak-Regiment 164 (motorized)[70][76] 11 June 1944[76]
Bullinger, HerbertHerbert Bullinger Heer 14-HRittmeister Commander of the II./Kavallerie-Regiment 5 "Feldmarschall von Mackensen"[70] 1 February 1945
Bulmahn, KarlKarl Bulmahn Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 1126[77] 31 January 1945
Bumen, RobertRobert Bumen Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel Pilot in the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[77] 29 October 1944
Bund, WalterWalter Bund Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 669[77] 20 October 1944
Bundesmann, HeinzHeinz Bundesmann Heer 12-HLeutnant Leader of the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 88[77] 14 January 1945
Bundrock, KurtKurt Bundrock Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Radio/wireless operator in the Stab/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[77] 30 June 1944
Bunge, ErnstErnst Bunge Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 121[77] 16 November 1943
Bunge, HellmutHellmut Bunge Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the II./Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Feldherrnhalle"[77] 1 February 1945
Bunse, FritzFritz Bunse Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer Commander of SS-Freiwilligen-Pionier-Bataillon 11 "Nordland"[77] 30 January 1944
Bunzek, JohannesJohannes Bunzek Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Pilot in the 7./Jagdgeschwader 52[77] 6 April 1944* Killed in action 11 December 1943[77]
Bunzel, HansHans Bunzel Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 3./Panzer-Abteilung 116[77] 10 February 1943
Bunzel, WilliWilli Bunzel Heer 15-HMajor[78] Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 426[77][78] 11 October 1941[78]
Burbach, HansHans Burbach Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[78] Gun leader in the 2./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 41[77][78] 18 November 1943[78]
Burchard, Dipl.-Ing. HeinrichDipl.-Ing. Heinrich Burchard![Note 26] Luftwaffe 19-LGeneralleutnant Commander of the 7. Flak-Division[77] 31 October 1944
Burchardi, TheodorTheodor Burchardi+ Kriegsmarine 19-MVizeadmiral[78] Commanding Admiral Ostland[77][78] 29 September 1944[78] Awarded 823rd Oak Leaves 8 April 1945[78] Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1979-086-13, Theodor Burchardi.jpg
Burckhardt, Lutz-WilhelmLutz-Wilhelm Burckhardt Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Pilot in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 77[77] 15 October 1942
Burdach, KarlKarl Burdach Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 11. Infanterie-Division[77] 23 February 1944
Burg, JörgJörg Burg+ Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Platoon leader in the 2./Panzer-Abteilung 18[77] 3 March 1943 Awarded 604th Oak Leaves 4 October 1944
Burgdorf, WilhelmWilhelm Burgdorf Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 529[77] 29 September 1941
Burgemeister, AlfredAlfred Burgemeister?[Note 27] Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 524[77] 2 May 1945
Burgfeld, GeorgGeorg Burgfeld Heer 14-HHauptmann Chief of the 14.(Panzerjäger)/Divisions-Gruppe 112[77] 21 February 1944
Burghartswieser, MaxMax Burghartswieser Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Shock troops leader in the 7./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 100[77] 9 July 1941
Burgholte, AugustAugust Burgholte Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 3./Panzer-Abteilung 102[81] 9 December 1944
Burgmann, GertGert Burgmann Heer 14-HHauptmann Chief of the 1./Sturm-Bataillon AOK 4[81] 18 December 1944* Killed in action 26 October 1944[81]
Burgsdorff, Dr.-jur. Curt vonDr.-jur. Curt von Burgsdorff Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 580[81] 2 April 1943
Burian, EwaldEwald Burian Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 980[81] 4 October 1944
Burkhardt, FritzFritz Burkhardt Heer 13-HOberleutnant[82] Chief of the 8./Grenadier-Regiment 417[81][82] 17 April 1945[82]
Burmeister, ArnoldArnold Burmeister Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Leader of the 25. Panzergrenadier-Division[81] 14 January 1945
Burmester, Hans-JürgenHans-Jürgen Burmester Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509[81] 2 September 1944
Burr, LeonhardLeonhard Burr Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Observer in the 7./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[81] 30 November 1944
Bursche, Gustav-AdolfGustav-Adolf Bursche Heer 12-HLeutnant Leader of the 6./Infanterie-Regiment 90[81] 13 October 1941
Burst, ReinhardReinhard Burst Heer 15-HMajor Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 111[81] 12 August 1944
Busch, ErnstErnst Busch+ Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie Commander-in-Chief of the 16. Armee[81] 26 May 1940 Awarded 274th Oak Leaves 21 August 1943 Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-088-3724-06A, Russland, General Ernst Busch.jpg
Busch, HansHans Busch Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 4[81] 10 September 1944
Busch, RudolfRudolf Busch Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 1./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 121[81] 9 June 1944
Busch, WalterWalter Busch Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 1./Infanterie-Bataillon z.b.V. 561[81] 14 October 1943
Busch, WalterWalter Busch Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Chief of the 1./Flak-Regiment 2 (motorized)[81] 9 June 1944
Busche, KarlKarl Busche Heer 17-HOberst[Note 28] Commander of Jäger-Regiment 228[81][Note 28] 28 February 1943[83]
Buschenhagen, ErichErich Buschenhagen+ Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[83] Commander of the 15. Infanterie-Division[81][83] 5 December 1943[83] Awarded 521st Oak Leaves 4 July 1944[83]
Buschhausen, Friedrich-WilhelmFriedrich-Wilhelm Buschhausen Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 69[81] 9 May 1943
Buss, WilhelmWilhelm Buss Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[83] Panzer commander in the 1./Panzer-Regiment 31[81][83] 9 December 1944[83]
Bussche-Streithorst, Axel Freiherr von demAxel Freiherr von dem Bussche-Streithorst Heer 14-HHauptmann[83] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 9[81][83] 7 March 1944[83]
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1994-022-32A, Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche-Streithorst.jpg
Busse, HeinrichHeinrich Busse+ Heer 15-HMajor[83] Commander of Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 328[81][83] 26 March 1944[83] Awarded 637th Oak Leaves 28 October 1944[83]
Busse, TheodorTheodor Busse Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[83] Chief of the Generalstab of Heeresgruppe Süd[81][83] 30 January 1944[83]
Busse, WilhelmWilhelm Busse Heer 15-HMajor[83] Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 82[81][83] 12 March 1944[83]
Butkus, ŽanisŽanis Butkus Waffen-SS 14-WWaffen-Hauptsturmführer Leader of the 10./SS-Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon 19[84] 21 September 1944
Butz, PiusPius Butz Heer 06-HOberjäger Gun leader in the 16.(I.G.)/Jäger-Regiment 228[85] 6 March 1944
Buxa, WernerWerner Buxa Heer 14-HHauptmann[83] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 44[83][85] 23 March 1945[83]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. For an explanation of the various naming schemes used by the Luftwaffe, Heer, Kriegsmarine and Waffen-SS refer to nomenclature used by the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS.
  2. According to Scherzer as leader of SS "Totenkopf"-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung.[11]
  3. According to Scherzer as commander of Aufklärungs-Abteilung 22.[11]
  4. According to Scherzer as Kommandant der Kleinkampfmittel in Frankreich (Commander of operations of the small naval forces in France).[17]
  5. According to Scherzer as Major zur Verwendung (for disposition).[20]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The brackets around the doctor title [Dr.] denotes that the academic title was attained after the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded.
  7. Max Bork's nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 13 April 1945 via the Reichsführer-SS. Major Joachim Domaschk requested the explanatory statement from the Commander-in-Chief of AOK 1 via teleprinter message on 14 April 1945. He renewed his request on 5 May 1945. Domasck noted this in the book of "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses). In parallel the HPA received a second nomination by the troop, approved by all intermittent commanding officers, on 28 April 1945. This nomination apparently never made it to Major Domaschk. Both nominations by the troop fail to indicate further evidence that the nomination was processed or approved. The presentation date is an assumption of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Bork was a member of the AKCR.[32]
  8. According to Scherzer as commander of the 47. Volksgrenadier Division.[32]
  9. Walter Botsch's nomination by the troop was already received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 27 October 1944, forwarded for approval on 3 November 1944 and apparently deferred. The file card notes in the field for the presentation: "see folder for further leadership reports". A second nomination by the troop, most likely related to a different act of bravery or leadership skills, according to the file card was received by the HPA on 5 April 1945. The book of "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) states "deferred" because Botsch was considered missing in action on 16 April 1945. A nomination of the HPA with number 5082 was created. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[32]
  10. According to Scherzer as commanding general of the LIII. Armeekorps.[32]
  11. No evidence of the award can be found in the German National Archives. According to Josef Brandner's own account he received the Oak Leaves from the commanding general of the XXXVIII. Armeekorps, General der Artillerie Kurt Herzog in the Courland Pocket. He didn't mention a date for the presentation. Presumably pictures showing him with Oak Leaves exist. The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) assumes a direct presentation from Berlin. The presentation date is also an assumption by the AKCR. A presentation of the Oak Leaves only four to five weeks after the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross is very unlikely. The German National Archives holds numerous records of nominations which have been rejected on the grounds that a high-ranking military award had just been presented. Brandner was a member of the AKCR.[39]
  12. According to Scherzer on 27 July 1943.[46]
  13. Oskar Bremermann's nomination by the troop was received on 19 April 1945. The Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) did not create an internal nomination request. The existing file card is not contemporary! This card states: "nominated on 20 April 1945, forwarded by Joachim Domaschk on 28 April yes". The book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) states approval by Major Domaschk "Knight's Cross yes". No further evidence of the presentation can be found. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel. Bremermann was a member of the AKCR.[39]
  14. Josef Bremm's nomination by the troop was rejected by Major Joachim Domaschk on 30 April 1945 and instead recommended for the German Cross in Gold. Just like all other nominations, which at this point in time were related to members of the 11. Armee, the nomination was not further processed since the 11. Armee had capitulated on 21 April 1945 and presentations to prisoners of war or missing in action were prohibited. In all other instances of similar circumstances a note on the nomination can be found stating: "postpone AOK 11" or "postpone according to AHA 44 Ziff. 572 (Allgemeines Heeresamt — General Army Office)". The entry date noted on the nomination list for the higher grades of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross is 28 April 1945. The list indicates a note "deferred". The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) claims that the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The sequential number "159" was assigned by the AKCR. The presentation date was assigned by Fellgiebel. Bremm was a member of the AKCR.[39]
  15. No evidence of the award can be found in the German National Archives. According to Walther-Peer Fellgiebel the presentation was made by Feldmarschall Ferdinand Schörner in accordance with the enabling act of 3 May 1945, which is incorrect, because Schörner wrote to Hans Bretz on 27 June 1955 that "in the last days of the month April 1945 the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was presented." Scherzer argues that this seems to have been a favor to Bretz because there was no communication link into the Führerhauptquartier at the end of April. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1982. What evidence was analyzed and processed is unknown to Scherzer. Scherzer speculates that this was based on Schörner's favor to Bretz and the AKCR decided: Knight's Cross "yes on 27 April 1945". Apparently the AKCR later were unconvinced and changed the date to 6 May 1945. Scherzer posed the question if this was done in order to declare the bestowal as a Schörner presentation. Scherzer was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the AKCR on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). Bretz had been a member of AKCR but left the AKCR.[51]
  16. According to Scherzer as commander of Minenschiff Cobra.[52]
  17. 17.0 17.1 According to Scherzer as Hauptmann of the Reserves and chief of Panzerjäger-Kompanie 1299.[54]
  18. No evidence of the award can be found in the German National Archives. According to Wilhelm Bröckerhoff's own account the presentation was noted in his pay book.[56] The files of the Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) indicate that the former divisional commander, General Hermann Schulte-Heuthaus, in 1961 remembered that he had nominated Bröckerhoff for the Knight's Cross sometime between mid and end of March 1945. Also noted in the files of the AKCR is that Bröckerhoff's pay book was missing when Von Seemen had asked for Bröckerhoff for a copy. An additional intermittent commander, the former Commander-in-Chief of the Panzer-Korps "Großdeutschland" General Georg Jauer, stated in 1961 "that he cannot remember this case" and "that he doesn't know when the Knight's Cross was approved and when the presentation was made." Jauer also stated that "he has no doubt that after the nomination was made and submitted—as stated by Schulte-Heuthaus—that Major Bröckerhoff would have received the Knight's Cross." The nomination was definitely not received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office)—as stated by Von Seemen—nor rejected by the HPA. Karl Dönitz, who received Jauer's letter, accepted Jauer's assumption. Dönitz wrote to Bröckerhoff: "Everything is alright!" and testified on 18 April 1961 to have awarded Bröckerhoff "the Knight’s Cross on 8 May 1945". Bröckerhoff was a member of the AKCR.[57]
  19. According to Scherzer as rifle leader in the 4./Grenadier-Regiment 330.[58]
  20. According to Scherzer as Leutnant of the Reserves.[64]
  21. According to Scherzer as leader of the 5./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15.[67]
  22. No evidence of the award to Karl-Heinz Bühler can be found in the German National Archives. The award was presumably awarded by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it an unlawful presentation. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1977 and decided: Knight's Cross no, 1 May 1945. The case Bühler was again processed in the fall of 1983. Whether or not additional or new evidence materialized remains unknown. The Order Commission decided this time: Knight's Cross yes, 8 May 1945. Von Seemen lists him on 7 May 1945, Krätschmer states 1 May 1945. Fellgiebel later re-dated the award on the 6 May 1945. It remains subject to speculation why this was done. Bühler was a member of the AKCR.[68]
  23. According to Scherzer in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen".[67]
  24. According to Scherzer as Staffelführer of the Aufklärungsstaffel 1.(F)/122.[72]
  25. No evidence of the award can be found in the German National Archives. Gerhard von Seemen in his second edition of the Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 from 1976 quotes that Manfred Büttner is listed by Böhmler Fallschirmjäger, 1. Auflage.[73] Walther-Peer Fellgiebel states about Büttner in his book: "Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients exist, who do not have official evidence in the National Archives, but are members of the Bundeswehr and claimed to be Knight's Cross recipients. This claim in some cases was investigated by the Militärischer Abschirmdienst (MAD—Military Counterintelligence Service ) and accepted." Büttner was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[74][75]
  26. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel has struck Heinrich Burchard from the list of Knight's Cross recipients. He noted that Burchard never received the Knight's Cross but the German Cross in Gold on 15 March 1943 instead.[79]
  27. In 1956 Mr. Steuer, formerly the chief of Heerespersonalamt/P5 (HPA—Army Staff Office), found a machine written Knight's Cross presentation document dated 2 May 1945 from General der Gebirgstruppe Rudolf Konrad (commanding general of the LXVIII. Armeekorps) on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of Heeresgruppe Süd, in the personal files at the Federal Ministry of Defence of Alfred Burgemeister. Steuer had sent a copy of this document to the department "III C5" at Federal Ministry of Defence, commenting that: "this documented is to be amended to the personal files of Oberst a.D. Burgemeister in which a presentation of the Knight's Cross is not noted." The presentation, according to this document, which was made on 2 May 1945 and "on behalf of" is therefore illegal. Burgemeister was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[80]
  28. 28.0 28.1 According to Scherzer as Oberstleutnant and leader of a Kampfgruppe in the 101. Jäger-Division and commander of Jäger-Regiment 228.[83]

References[edit | edit source]

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 135–152, 487.
  2. Scherzer 2007, pp. 122–125.
  3. "Reichsgesetzblatt Teil I S. 1573; 1 September 1939" (in German) (PDF). ALEX Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Reichsministerium des Inneren (Ministry of the Interior). http://alex.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/anno-plus?apm=0&aid=dra&datum=19390007&zoom=2&seite=00001573&ues=on&x=21&y=6. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
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  7. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 112.
  8. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 49–51, 102–111.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 226.
  10. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 135.
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 11.27 11.28 11.29 11.30 11.31 11.32 11.33 11.34 11.35 Scherzer 2007, p. 227.
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 136.
  13. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 57, 136.
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 Scherzer 2007, p. 228.
  15. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 125, 485, 487.
  16. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 136, 487.
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 17.12 17.13 17.14 17.15 17.16 Scherzer 2007, p. 229.
  18. 18.00 18.01 18.02 18.03 18.04 18.05 18.06 18.07 18.08 18.09 18.10 18.11 18.12 18.13 18.14 18.15 18.16 18.17 18.18 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 137.
  19. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 137, 487.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 Scherzer 2007, p. 230.
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 21.13 21.14 21.15 21.16 21.17 21.18 21.19 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 138.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Scherzer 2007, p. 231.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 138, 487.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 Scherzer 2007, p. 232.
  25. 25.00 25.01 25.02 25.03 25.04 25.05 25.06 25.07 25.08 25.09 25.10 25.11 25.12 25.13 25.14 25.15 25.16 25.17 25.18 25.19 25.20 25.21 25.22 25.23 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 139.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 233.
  27. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 139, 487.
  28. 28.00 28.01 28.02 28.03 28.04 28.05 28.06 28.07 28.08 28.09 28.10 28.11 28.12 28.13 28.14 28.15 28.16 28.17 28.18 28.19 Scherzer 2007, p. 234.
  29. 29.00 29.01 29.02 29.03 29.04 29.05 29.06 29.07 29.08 29.09 29.10 29.11 29.12 29.13 29.14 29.15 29.16 29.17 29.18 29.19 29.20 29.21 29.22 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 140.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 140, 487.
  31. 31.00 31.01 31.02 31.03 31.04 31.05 31.06 31.07 31.08 31.09 31.10 31.11 31.12 31.13 Scherzer 2007, p. 235.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Scherzer 2007, p. 122.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 236.
  34. 34.00 34.01 34.02 34.03 34.04 34.05 34.06 34.07 34.08 34.09 34.10 34.11 34.12 34.13 34.14 34.15 34.16 34.17 34.18 34.19 34.20 34.21 34.22 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 141.
  35. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 141, 487.
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 36.6 Scherzer 2007, p. 238.
  37. 37.00 37.01 37.02 37.03 37.04 37.05 37.06 37.07 37.08 37.09 37.10 37.11 37.12 37.13 37.14 37.15 37.16 37.17 37.18 37.19 37.20 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 142.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 38.6 Scherzer 2007, p. 239.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 123.
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 Scherzer 2007, p. 240.
  41. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 142, 487.
  42. 42.00 42.01 42.02 42.03 42.04 42.05 42.06 42.07 42.08 42.09 42.10 42.11 42.12 42.13 42.14 42.15 42.16 42.17 42.18 42.19 42.20 42.21 42.22 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 143.
  43. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 143, 487.
  44. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 143, 488.
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 45.5 Scherzer 2007, p. 241.
  46. 46.00 46.01 46.02 46.03 46.04 46.05 46.06 46.07 46.08 46.09 46.10 46.11 46.12 46.13 46.14 46.15 46.16 46.17 46.18 46.19 46.20 46.21 46.22 46.23 46.24 Scherzer 2007, p. 242.
  47. 47.00 47.01 47.02 47.03 47.04 47.05 47.06 47.07 47.08 47.09 47.10 47.11 47.12 47.13 47.14 47.15 47.16 47.17 47.18 47.19 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 144.
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  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 243.
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  • Berger, Florian (1999) (in German). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges [With Oak Leaves and Swords. The Highest Decorated Soldiers of the Second World War]. Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-0-6. 
  • Fraschka, Günther (1994). Knights of the Reich. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Military/Aviation History. ISBN 978-0-88740-580-8. 
  • Krätschmer, Ernst-Günther (1999). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Waffen-SS [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Waffen-SS]. Coburg, Germany: Nation Europa Verlag. ISBN 978-3-920677-43-9. 

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