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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 first part of the list of all 717 Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients whose last name starts with "K". Listed here are the 289 recipients whose last name is in the range "Ka–Km". The recipients whose last name is in the range "Kn–Kz" is listed at List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (Kn–Kz).

The number of 289 Knight's Cross recipients whose last name is in the range "Ka–Km" 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 4 of these listings.[2] The recipients are 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]

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ka–Km)
Service   Number of presentations Posthumous presentations
Heer
192
15
Kriegsmarine
15
1
Luftwaffe
62
3
Waffen-SS
20
1

The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht 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 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 ? (question mark) indicates that historian Veit Scherzer has expressed doubt regarding the veracity and formal correctness of the listing.

Name Service Rank Role and unit[Note 1] Date of award Notes Image
Kachel, GeorgGeorg Kachel Heer 14-HHauptmann[9] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 670[9][10] 4 May 1944[9]
Kaden, WolfgangWolfgang Kaden Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant of the Reserves[11] Commander of U-Jäger UJ-116[10][11] 18 December 1940[11]
Kadenbach, HerbertHerbert Kadenbach Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 12./Jäger-Regiment 28[10] 16 September 1942
Kaeber, HellmutHellmut Kaeber Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 1.(N)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 13[10] 28 January 1945
Kaeding, WalterWalter Käding Kriegsmarine 10-MObersteuermann 3rd watch officer and coxswain on U-123[10] 15 May 1944
Kaehler, OttoOtto Kähler+ Kriegsmarine 17-MKapitän zur See Commander of Hilfskreuzer "Thor" (HSK 4)[10] 22 December 1940 Awarded 583rd Oak Leaves 15 September 1944
Kaehne, Edgar-KarlEdgar-Karl Kaehne Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the I./Infanterie-Regiment 135[10] 2 February 1942
Kaellner, HansHans Källner+ Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Schützen-Regiment 73[10] 3 May 1942 Awarded 392nd Oak Leaves 12 February 1944
106th Swords 23 October 1944
Kaemmerer, EdmundEdmund Kämmerer Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Company troop leader in the 6./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 76[10] 5 April 1945
Kaempfe, HelmutHelmut Kämpfe Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer of the Reserves Commander of the III.(gepanzerte)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 "Der Führer"[10] 10 December 1943
Kaeppel, RudolfRudolf Kaeppel Heer 14-HHauptmann Chief of the Divisions-Begleit-Kompanie of the 11. Panzer-Division[10] 1 February 1945* Killed in action 25 January 1945[10]
Kaes, JosefJosef Käs Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 2./Grenadier-Regiment 19[12] 18 July 1943
Kaeseberg, HerbertHerbert Käseberg Heer 12-HLeutnant Leader of the 5./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 156[12] 14 April 1945
Kaessler, WernerWerner Kaessler Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 2./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 108[10] 27 August 1944* Killed in action 23 August 1944[10]
Kaestner, RobertRobert Kaestner+ Heer 15-HMajor Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 105[10] 11 December 1943 Awarded 401st Oak Leaves 21 February 1944
Kaether, ErnstErnst Kaether Heer 16-HOberstleutnant of the Reserves Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 14[10] 10 December 1942
Kageneck, Clemens-Heinrich Graf vonClemens-Heinrich Graf von Kageneck+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503 (Tiger)[10] 4 August 1943 Awarded 513th Oak Leaves 26 June 1944
Kageneck, Erbo Graf vonErbo Graf von Kageneck+ Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 27[13] 30 July 1941 Awarded 39th Oak Leaves 26 October 1941
Kahl, BrunoBruno Kahl+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the III./Panzer-Regiment 21[13] 8 February 1943 Awarded 270th Oak Leaves 8 August 1943
Kahl, KonradKonrad Kahl Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Kampfgeschwader 30[13] 13 August 1942
Kahle, HelmuthHelmuth Kahle Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Observer in the 3./Kampfgeschwader 4 "General Wever"[13] 9 June 1944
Kahle, RudolfRudolf Kahle Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 40[13] 2 September 1944
Kahler, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Kahler+ Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Kradschützen-Bataillon 34[13] 14 April 1943 Awarded 355th Oak Leaves 17 December 1943
Kahsnitz, ErichErich Kahsnitz Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Füsilier-Regiment "Großdeutschland"[13] 15 July 1943
Kainz, KarlKarl Kainz Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Chief of the 11./Jäger-Regiment 25[13] 31 January 1945
Kaiser, AlbertAlbert Kaiser Heer 14-HHauptmann Chief of the 1./Gebirgs-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 44[13] 21 August 1941* Killed in action 6 August 1941[13]
Kaiser, ErichErich Kaiser Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 6./Panzer-Regiment 39[13] 26 February 1942
Kaiser, HerbertHerbert Kaiser Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 77 (later Jagdgeschwader 1)[13] 14 March 1943
Kaiser, VinzenzVinzenz Kaiser Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Leader of the III.(gepanzerte)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 "Der Führer"[13] 6 April 1943
Kaiser, WilhelmWilhelm Kaiser Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Adjutant in the III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[13] 4 February 1942
Kalb, HansHans Kalb Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 320[13] 29 February 1944
Kalbitz, HelmutHelmut Kalbitz+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 1./Pionier-Bataillon 125[13] 23 August 1941 Awarded 366th Oak Leaves 7 January 1944
Kalden, PeterPeter Kalden Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Staffelführer of the 13./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[13] 6 December 1944
Kaldrack, RolfRolf Kaldrack+ Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Zerstörergeschwader 76[13] 2 November 1940 Awarded 70th Oak Leaves 9 February 1942
Kaletsch, GeorgGeorg Kaletsch Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 283[13] 26 March 1944
Kalinowsky, Herbert vonHerbert von Kalinowsky Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Volks-Werfer-Brigader 8[13] 30 April 1945
Kalkgruber, DavidDavid Kalkgruber Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader of the 5./Grenadier-Regiment 3[13] 19 August 1944
Kalkhoff, WalterWalter Kalkhoff Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader of the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 67 (motorized)[14] 26 May 1940
Kalm, Hennig-Tile vonHennig-Tile von Kalm Heer 15-HMajor Deputy leader of Grenadier-Regiment 24[14] 17 September 1944
Kalow, SiegfriedSiegfried Kalow Luftwaffe 06-LUnteroffizier Group leader in the 10./Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Hermann Göring"[14] 29 October 1944* Killed in action 12 August 1944[14]
Kals, ErnstErnst Kals Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän Commander of U-130[14] 1 September 1942
Kalss, AloisAlois Kalss Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer Leader of the 1./schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 502[14] 23 August 1944
Kam, SørenSøren Kam Waffen-SS 12-WSS-Untersturmführer Leader of the 1./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 "Germania"[14] 7 February 1945
Kamecke, HansHans Kamecke Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 137. Infanterie-Division[14] 27 October 1943* Killed in action 16 October 1943[14]
Kaminski, AugustAugust Kaminski Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader of the 3./schwere Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 655[14] 6 October 1944
Kaminski, HerbertHerbert Kaminski Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Zerstörergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel"[14] 6 August 1941
Kaminski, WernerWerner Kaminski?[Note 2] Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Ia (operations officer) of the Festungs-Division Kreta[14] 6 May 1945
Kaminsky, EmilEmil Kaminsky+ Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in Infanterie-Regiment 446[14] 15 October 1942 Awarded 497th Oak Leaves 12 June 1944
Kamischke, WernerWerner Kamischke Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 4[14] 9 January 1945
Kammhuber, JosefJosef Kammhuber Luftwaffe 18-LGeneralmajor Commander of the 1. Nachtjagd-Division[14] 9 July 1941
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Kamptz, Gerhard vonGerhard von Kamptz+ Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän Chief of the 2. Räumbootflottille[14] 6 October 1940 Awarded 225th Oak Leaves 14 April 1943
Kamski, JohannJohann Kamski Heer 04-HObergefreiter In the 14./Grenadier-Regiment z.b.V. 1. Panzer-Armee[14] 30 April 1945
Kannenberg, KurtKurt Kannenberg Heer 11-HStabsfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 3./schwere Panzer-Abteilung 506[14] 9 December 1944* Killed in action 17 November 1944[14]
Kapp, WolfgangWolfgang Kapp Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Sturmgeschütz-Lehr-Brigade 920[14] 3 March 1945
Kappis, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Kappis+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Deputy leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 45[14] 18 February 1945 Awarded (849th) Oak Leaves 28 April 1945
Kapsreiter, FranzFranz Kapsreiter Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 4.(Sturmgeschütz)/Führer-Grenadier-Brigade[14] 14 January 1945
Karau, AugustAugust Karau Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Leader of the 9./Grenadier-Regiment 46[14] 12 January 1945
Karbe, AdalbertAdalbert Karbe Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 3./Kampfgeschwader 55[14] 12 November 1941
Karch, FritzFritz Karch Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[14] 17 April 1945
Karcher, Karl-EhrhartKarl-Ehrhart Karcher Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant zur See Commander of Schnellboot S-87 in the 4. Schnellbootflottille[16] 12 August 1943
Karck, GeorgGeorg Karck Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer Leader of the 9./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Leibsatndarte SS Adolf Hitler"[16] 3 August 1943
Karczewski, BrunoBruno Karczewski+ Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 162[16] 12 March 1944 Awarded 767th Oak Leaves 5 March 1945
Kardel, HenneckeHennecke Kardel Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Adjutant in the III./Grenadier-Regiment 399[16] 23 February 1944
Karg, UlrichUlrich Karg Heer 06-HOberjäger Leader of the bicycle platoon in the 17./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 91[16] 5 July 1943
Karl, FranzFranz Karl Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 263. Infanterie-Division[16] 5 August 1940
Karl, Friedrich-WilhelmFriedrich-Wilhelm Karl Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer Commander of SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 11 "Nordland"[16] 26 December 1944
Karl, JosefJosef Karl+ Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Gun commander in the 2./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 49[16] 26 August 1943 Awarded 397th Oak Leaves 16 February 1944 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-J16804, Josef Karl (cropped).jpg
Karl, OttoOtto Karl Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant zur See of the Reserves Commander of Artillerie-Leichter AF-65[16] 21 March 1945
Karow, GustavGustav Karow Heer 17-HOberst of the Reserves Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 322[16] 19 August 1944
Karrenberg, AlbertAlbert Karrenberg Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 2./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9[16] 11 December 1944
Karst, FriedrichFriedrich Karst Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Infanterie-Regiment 461[16] 28 August 1942
Kassner, HelmutHelmut Kassner Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 975[16] 14 April 1945
Kastl, AndreasAndreas Kastl Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 11./Grenadier-Regiment 20 (motorized)[16] 14 May 1944
Kastner, GustavGustav Kastner Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 2./Artillerie-Regiment 389[16] 12 December 1944
Kastner, JosefJosef Kastner Heer 06-HOberjäger Platoon leader in the 7./Jäger-Regiment 207[16] 2 June 1943
Katzenmeier, HansHans Katzenmeier Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Platoon leader in the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 698[16] 9 June 1944
Kaubisch, HorstHorst Kaubisch+ Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 9./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[16] 16 November 1942 Awarded 505th Oak Leaves 24 June 1944
Kauermann, HelmutHelmut Kauermann Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 7./Panzer-Regiment 2[16] 20 March 1944
Kauffmann, GerhardGerhard Kauffmann Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 256. Infanterie-Division[16] 9 July 1941
Kaup, HeinrichHeinrich Kaup Heer 04-HObergefreiter In the 3./Grenadier-Regiment 184[16] 19 September 1943
Kausch, Paul-AlbertPaul-Albert Kausch+ Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer Commander of SS-Panzer-Abteilung 11 "Hermann von Salza"[16] 23 August 1944 Awarded (845th) Oak Leaves 23 April 1945?[Note 3]
Kautz, OskarOskar Kautz Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 7./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 156[17] 28 July 1943* Killed in action 22 July 1943[16]
Kayß, AlfredAlfred Kayß Heer 13-HOberleutnant Company chief in Feldersatz-Bataillon 267[18] 18 January 1944* Killed in action 5 January 1944[18]
Kazmeier, PaulPaul Kazmeier[Note 4] Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 420[18] 26 October 1943
Kecht, FranzFranz Kecht Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 70[18] 18 October 1943
Keck, JohannesJohannes Keck Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 2./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 23[18] 18 February 1945
Keck, KarlKarl Keck Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer and Hauptmann of the Schutzpolizei Leader of the 15.(Pionier)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 21 "Frundsberg"[18] 23 August 1944* Killed in action 11 July 1944[18]
Kedzia, Ernst-GeorgErnst-Georg Kedzia+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 272[18] 26 November 1944 Awarded 794th Oak Leaves 23 March 1945
Keese, HeinrichHeinrich Keese+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 20 (motorized)[18] 20 October 1944 Awarded 805th Oak Leaves 28 March 1945
Kegel, Karl-LudwigKarl-Ludwig Kegel Heer 12-HLeutnant Leader of the 5./Panzer-Regiment 18[18] 25 August 1941
Keichel, OttoOtto Keichel Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Reconnaissance troop leader in the 1./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Lehr-Abteilung 130[18] 18 January 1945
Keil, AntonAnton Keil Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1[18] 19 August 1940
Keil, GüntherGünther Keil Heer 16-HOberstleutnant of the Reserves[19] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 919[18][19] 27 July 1944[19]
Keil, MaxMax Keil Heer 13-HOberleutnant Deputy leader of the 1./Panzer-Regiment 8 in the DAK[18] 20 April 1943* Killed in action 8 April 1943[18]
Keiling, SiegfriedSiegfried Keiling Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of Artillerie-Abteilung 62 (russisch)[20] 4 October 1944
Keiner, WalterWalter Keiner Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 62. Infanterie-Division[18] 17 July 1941
Keipp, WillyWilly Keipp Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 124[18] 30 October 1943
Keiser, PaulPaul Keiser Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 326[18] 6 November 1943
Keitel, WilhelmWilhelm Keitel Heer 21-HGeneraloberst Chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht[18] 30 September 1939
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Kelbch, AlbertAlbert Kelbch Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 1.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 120[18] 12 November 1943* Killed in action 8 November 1943[18]
Kelbling, GerdGerd Kelbling Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[19] Commander of U-593[18][19] 18 August 1943[19]
Keller, AlfredAlfred Keller Luftwaffe 20-LGeneral der Flieger[19] Commanding general of the IV. Fliegerkorps[18][19] 24 June 1940[19]
Keller, LotharLothar Keller Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[19] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 3[18][19] 9 July 1941*[19] Killed in flying accident 26 June 1941[18]
Kellermann, OrtwinOrtwin Kellermann Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 1./Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon (A.A.) 72[21] 30 September 1944
Kellner, WolfgangWolfgang Kellner Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 1./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 24[21] 14 April 1945
Kemethmüller, HeinzHeinz Kemethmüller Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel Pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[21] 2 October 1942
Kemler, HeinrichHeinrich Kemler Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 78[21] 14 April 1945
Kemnade, FriedrichFriedrich Kemnade+ Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant Chief of the 3. Schnellbootflottille[21] 23 July 1942 Awarded 249th Oak Leaves 27 May 1943
Kempas, TraugottTraugott Kempas+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 176[21] 9 December 1944 Awarded 757th Oak Leaves 28 February 1945
Kempe, WalterWalter Kempe Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 248[21] 14 May 1944
Kempf, KarlKarl Kempf Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 7./Jagdgeschwader 54[21] 4 February 1942
Kempf, WernerWerner Kempf+ Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 6. Panzer-Division[21] 3 June 1940 Awarded 111th Oak Leaves 10 August 1942
Kempin, GüntherGünther Kempin Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel Pilot in the 14./Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke"[21] 17 April 1945
Kempke, WilhelmWilhelm Kempke Luftwaffe 09-LFeldwebel Group leader in the 1./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment (7. Flieger-Division)[21] 21 August 1941
Kempken, [Dr.] Heinrich[Dr.] Heinrich Kempken[Note 5] Luftwaffe 09-LFahnenjunker-Feldwebel Pilot in the 7./Schlachtgeschwader 3[21] 29 October 1944
Kendler, RudolfRudolf Kendler Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Tasked with the leadership of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 4[21] 2 September 1944
Kennel, KarlKarl Kennel+ Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 5./Schlachtgeschwader 1[21] 19 September 1943 Awarded 666th Oak Leaves 25 November 1944
Kentrat, Eitel-FriedrichEitel-Friedrich Kentrat Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant Commander of U-74[21] 31 December 1941
Keppel, WilhelmWilhelm Keppel Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Assistant Vorgeschobener Beobachter (forward observer) in 7./Artillerie-Regiment 227[21] 9 June 1944
Keppler, GeorgGeorg Keppler Waffen-SS 17-WSS-Oberführer Leader of SS-Infanterie-Regiment (motorized) "Der Führer" in the SS-Verfügungs-Division (later "Das Reich")[21] 15 August 1940
Keppler, HansHans Keppler Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"[21] 20 August 1942
Kepplinger, LudwigLudwig Kepplinger Waffen-SS 10-WSS-Hauptscharführer Shock troops leader and platoon leader in the 11./SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Der Führer"[21] 4 September 1940
Kercher, FritzFritz Kercher Heer 12-HLeutnant Platoon leader in the 1.(Sturmgeschütz)/Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 5[21] 6 March 1944
Kerfin, HorstHorst Kerfin Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Chief of the 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1[21] 24 May 1940
Kern, FriedrichFriedrich Kern Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Commander of the III./Artillerie-Regiment 198[22] 30 December 1943
Kern, KarlKarl Kern Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 6./Transportgeschwader 3[22] 9 June 1944
Kern, WilhelmWilhelm Kern Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 10./Grenadier-Regiment 44[22] 5 April 1944
Kerscher, AlbertAlbert Kerscher Heer 09-HFeldwebel Panzer commander in the 2./schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502[22] 23 October 1944
Kertz, WolframWolfram Kertz Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[23] Leader of the 8./Kampfgruppe "Bruhn" (II./SS-Panzerkorps)[22][Note 6] 4 October 1944[23]
Kerutt, HellmutHellmut Kerutt Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon "Kerutt"[22] 2 February 1945
Kessel, KarlKarl Kessel Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 2[22] 23 January 1944
Kessel, Mortimer vonMortimer von Kessel+ Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 20. Panzer-Division[22] 28 December 1943 Awarded 611th Oak Leaves 16 October 1944
Kessel, WilhelmWilhelm Kessel Heer 10-HOberwachtmeister Platoon leader in the 3./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Großdeutschland"[22] 23 February 1944
Kesselring, AlbertAlbert Kesselring+ Luftwaffe 20-LGeneral der Flieger[23] Chief of Luftflotte 1[22][Note 7] 30 September 1939[23] Awarded 78th Oak Leaves 25 February 1942
15th Swords 18 July 1942
14th Diamonds 19 July 1944[23]
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Kessler, ArnoldArnold Kessler Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 61[22] 4 October 1944
Kessler, HermannHermann Keßler Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 192[22] 17 September 1943
Kessler, UlrichUlrich Kessler Luftwaffe 19-LGeneralleutnant Fliegerführer Atlantik[22] 8 April 1944
Kessler, WolfgangWolfgang Kessler Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Deputy leader of the I./Artillerie-Regiment 181[22] 16 April 1944
Kesten, DieterDieter Kesten Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Leader of the 6./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "Das Reich"[22] 12 November 1943
Ketelhodt, Gerd Freiherr vonGerd Freiherr von Ketelhodt Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 9./Infanterie-Regiment 472[22] 13 July 1940
Ketscher, HansHans Ketscher Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Observer in the 1.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 121[22] 24 November 1944
Ketterer, KarlKarl Ketterer Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 7./Panzer-Regiment 15[22] 24 March 1943
Ketterl, FranzFranz Ketterl Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 438[22] 12 January 1942
Kettgen, HansHans Kettgen Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Commander of the I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Schill"[22] 14 February 1945
Kettmann, RudolfRudolf Kettmann Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Assault gun leader in the Panzer-Jäger-Kompanie 1122[22] 17 April 1945
Keup, Dr. med. WalterDr. med. Walter Keup Heer 12-HAssistenzarzt (assistant doctor—rank equivalent to Leutnant) Battalion doctor of the I./Füsilier-Regiment 202[22] 21 March 1944
Keußler, Friedrich vonFriedrich von Keußler Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 1[22] 23 February 1944
Kiefer, EduardEduard Kiefer Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Chief of the 2./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Hermann Göring"[22] 18 May 1943
Kiefer, HermannHermann Kiefer Heer 13-HOberleutnant Commander of Stellungs-Kampfgruppe XII./2 (416. Infanterie-Division)[24] 5 April 1945
Kiefer, MartinMartin Kiefer Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 320[24] 12 August 1944
Kieffer, Dr. phil. EmilDr. phil. Emil Kieffer Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän of the Reserves Chief of the 3. Minensuchflottille[24] 3 December 1944
Kiehl, RudolfRudolf Kiehl Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the Kampfstaffel in the DAK Begleitkommando "Rommel" and leader of Kampfgruppe "Kiehl"[24] 6 July 1942
Kiel, JohannesJohannes Kiel Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant of the Reserves Pilot in the I./Zerstörergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel"[24] 18 March 1942
Kiel, RudolfRudolf Kiel Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Kampfgeschwader 55[24] 20 December 1941
Kienast, FritzFritz Kienast Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the 1./Füsilier-Bataillon "Deba"[25] 9 April 1944
Kiene, AugustAugust Kiene Heer 12-HLeutnant Leader of the 7./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 14[24] 4 May 1944
Kienitz, WernerWerner Kienitz Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie Commanding general of the XVII. Armeekorps[24] 31 August 1941
Kientsch, WillyWilly Kientsch+ Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Staffelführer of the 6./Jagdgeschwader 27[24] 22 November 1943 Awarded 527th Oak Leaves 20 July 1944
Kiermeier, HeinrichHeinrich Kiermeier Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 8./Grenadier-Regiment 423[24] 23 August 1944
Kieser, WilhelmWilhelm Kieser Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 313[24] 16 September 1943
Kieseritzky, GustavGustav Kieseritzky Kriegsmarine 19-MVizeadmiral Commanding Admiral Schwarzes Meer (Black Sea)[24] 20 November 1943* Killed in action 19 November 1943[24]
Kiesgen, PeterPeter Kiesgen Heer 12-HLeutnant Leader of the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 239[24] 5 October 1941
Kieslich, FranzFranz Kieslich+ Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[24] 5 January 1943 Awarded 619th Oak Leaves 18 October 1944
Kiesling, HeinrichHeinrich Kiesling+ Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 768[24] 10 June 1943 Awarded 321st Oak Leaves 7 November 1943
Kiesling, HelmutHelmut Kiesling Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 336[24] 1 September 1943
Kiess, [Dr.] Walter[Dr.] Walter Kiess[Note 5] Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Chief of the Lastensegler-Kommando in the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm Abteilung "Koch"[24] 12 May 1940
Kilian, [Dr.] Gunter[Dr.] Gunter Kilian[Note 5] Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Staffelführer of the 2./Schlachtgeschwader 77[24] 2 April 1945
Kilian, GustavGustav Kilian Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Leader of the 1./Infanterie-Wach-Bataillon 591[24] 15 May 1942
Kilian, WilhelmWilhelm Kilian Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon (A.A.) 102[26] 8 February 1945
Kimmich, FriedrichFriedrich Kimmich Heer 15-HMajor of the Landwehr Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 554[26] 11 December 1942
Kimmich, Hans-JörgHans-Jörg Kimmich Heer 14-HHauptmann Regiment adjutant in Grenadier-Regiment 119 (motorized)[26] 25 January 1945
Kinder, GeorgGeorg Kinder Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 102[26] 8 February 1944
Kindler, [Dr.] Alfred[Dr.] Alfred Kindler[Note 5] Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 6./Kampfgeschwader 2[26] 24 September 1942
Kinz, HelmutHelmut Kinz?[Note 8] Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Commander of Waffen-Gebirgs-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 13 of the SS[26] 3 May 1945
Kinzel, EberhardEberhard Kinzel Heer 17-HOberst im Generalstab (in the General Staff) In the Generalstab des Heeres[26] 23 December 1942
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Kinzinger, RudiRudi Kinzinger Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the Pionier-Kompanie/Jäger-Regiment 49[26] 18 February 1945* Killed in action 16 February 1945[26]
Kipfmüller, WalterWalter Kipfmüller Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 2./Kampfgeschwader 77[26] 29 October 1943
Kirchheim, HeinrichHeinrich Kirchheim Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the Sonderstelle Libyen and leader of the Italian Division "Brescia"[26] 14 May 1941
Kirchlehner, ErnstErnst Kirchlehner Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 2./Füsilier-Bataillon 126[30] 23 October 1944* Killed in action 14 July 1944[26]
Kirchner, FriedrichFriedrich Kirchner+ Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 1. Panzer-Division[26] 20 May 1940 Award 391st Oak Leaves 12 February 1944
127th Swords 26 January 1945
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Kirchner, HeinzHeinz Kirchner Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Platoon leader in the 1./Schützen-Regiment 113[26] 29 September 1941
Kirchner, KurtKurt Kirchner Heer 09-HWachtmeister Gun leader in Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 667[26] 20 February 1942
Kirchner, OttoOtto Kirchner Waffen-SS 12-WSS-Untersturmführer Leader of Stabsschwadron/SS-Reiter-Regiment 16[30] 21 April 1944
Kirn, DietrichDietrich Kirn[Note 9] Heer 14-HHauptmann[31] Leader of Frontaufklärungs-Kommando 202[30][31] 12 December 1944[31]
Kirn, HansHans Kirn Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 8./Kampfgeschwader 6[26] 29 February 1944
Kirn, JuliusJulius Kirn Heer 14-HHauptmann Chief of the 1./Panzer-Regiment 18[26] 17 July 1941* Killed in action 16 July 1941[26]
Kirsch, WalterWalter Kirsch Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 161[30] 6 March 1944
Kirsche, HeinzHeinz Kirsche Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 658[32] 13 January 1942
Kirschenmann, WilhelmWilhelm Kirschenmann Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 7./Grenadier-Regiment 82[32] 12 March 1943
Kirschner, JoachimJoachim Kirschner+ Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Staffelführer of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[32] 23 December 1942 Awarded 267th Oak Leaves 2 August 1943
Kirschner, LudwigLudwig Kirschner+ Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Infanterie-Regiment 436[33] 18 January 1942 Awarded 135th Oak Leaves 28 October 1942
Kirsten, ErnstErnst Kirsten Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 4./Grenadier-Regiment 410[32] 15 May 1944* Killed in action 19 April 1944[32]
Kirsten, RudiRudi Kirsten Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of Panzergrenadier-Ersatz und Ausbildungs-Abteilung "Großdeutschland"[32] 28 March 1945
Kissel, HansHans Kissel Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 683[32] 17 March 1944
Kitta, PaulPaul Kitta Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 439[32] 23 February 1944
Kittel, Dipl.-Ing. FriedrichDipl.-Ing. Friedrich Kittel Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Commander of the 62. Volks-Grenadier-Division[32] 9 January 1945
Kittel, HeinrichHeinrich Kittel Heer 18-HGeneralmajor Combat commander of Lemberg[32] 12 August 1944
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Kittel, KurtKurt Kittel Heer 04-HObergefreiter[34] Grenade thrower troop leader in the 5./Grenadier-Regiment 88[32][34] 29 November 1944[34]
Kittel, OttoOtto Kittel+ Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel[34] Pilot in the 2./Jagdgeschwader 54[32][Note 10] 29 October 1943[34] Awarded 449th Oak Leaves 11 April 1944
113th Swords 25 November 1944[34]
Klaermann, HansHans Klärmann Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 361[32] 9 September 1942
Klaiber, HansHans Klaiber Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Platoon leader in the 3.(I)/Flak-Regiment 11 (motorized)[32] 26 July 1942
Klammeck, HansHans Klammeck Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 4.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 1082[32] 10 February 1945
Klappich, GünterGünter Klappich+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 11./Infanterie-Regiment 60 (motorized)[32] 31 July 1942 Awarded 254th Oak Leaves 8 June 1943
Klar, EdmundEdmund Klar Heer 09-HWachtmeister Vorgeschobener Beobachter (forward observer) in the 3./Artillerie-Regiment 122[32] 17 June 1943
Klasing, FritzFritz Klasing+ Heer 16-HOberstleutnant of the Reserves Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 446[32] 12 August 1944 Awarded 745th Oak Leaves 19 February 1945
Klassmann, HelmutHelmut Klassmann Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant Chief of the 3. Räumbootsflottille[32] 22 December 1943
Klatt, PaulPaul Klatt+ Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 138[32] 4 January 1943 Awarded 686th Oak Leaves 26 December 1944 Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1997-021-20, Paul Klatt.jpg
Klaucke, WernerWerner Klaucke Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves[35] Platoon leader in the 3./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 200[32][35] 4 July 1944[35]
Klaus, Johann-AlfredJohann-Alfred Klaus Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 6./Schlachtgeschwader 1[32] 26 March 1944
Klaus, LudwigLudwig Klaus Heer 15-HMajor Commander of Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 340[36] 7 October 1944
Klaus, OttoOtto Klaus Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 333[36] 17 September 1944
Klausgraber, FranzFranz Klausgraber Heer 14-HHauptmann Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 227[36] 13 March 1942
Klawe, ErichErich Klawe+ Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the I./Infanterie-Regiment 23[36] 12 July 1942 Awarded 227th Oak Leaves 14 April 1943
Kleber, LudwigLudwig Kleber Heer 13-HOberleutnant[Note 11] Chief of the 1./Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon 212[35][36] 5 April 1945*[35] Killed in action 9 February 1945[35]
Klee, FriedrichFriedrich Klee Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Leader of the assault platoon/Füsilier-Regiment 126[36] 21 January 1945
Kleeberger, KarlKarl Kleeberger Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 1./Grenadier-Regiment Gruppe 554[36] 9 June 1944
Kleemann, UlrichUlrich Kleemann+ Heer 17-HOberst Commander of the 3. Schützen-Brigade[36] 13 October 1941 Awarded 304th Oak Leaves 16 September 1943
Kleemann, WillyWilly Kleemann Heer 10-HOberfähnrich Leader of the 2./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 51[36] 11 January 1945
Kleffel, Paul-GeorgPaul-Georg Kleffel Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 4./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3[36] 14 May 1944
Kleffel, PhilippPhilipp Kleffel Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 1. Infanterie-Division[36] 17 February 1942
Kleffner, FranzFranz Kleffner Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer Commander of SS-Kradschützen-Bataillon "Totenkopf"[36] 19 February 1942
Kleim, FritzFritz Kleim Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 5./Grenadier-Brigade 388[36] 3 November 1944
Kleimann, HansHans Kleimann Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Platoon leader in the 8.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 426[36] 5 April 1945
Klein, AlfonsAlfons Klein Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 10./Jagdgeschwader 11[36] 27 April 1945
Klein, [Dr.] Armin[Dr.] Armin Klein[Note 5] Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Leader of the 15./Fallschirm-Flak-Regiment "Hermann Göring"[36] 12 March 1945
Klein, GeorgGeorg Klein Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 15./Jäger-Regiment 204[36] 27 August 1943
Klein, GerhardGerhard Klein Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of the Waffenschule (weapons school) AOK 9[36] 30 December 1943
Klein, HeinrichHeinrich Klein Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 2./Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke"[36] 10 June 1943
Klein, Dr. HerbertDr. Herbert Klein Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Pilot in the Stabsstaffel I./Kampfgeschwader 100[36] 29 February 1944
Klein, HermannHermann Klein+ Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Regiment adjutant of Grenadier-Regiment 551[36] 15 April 1944 Awarded 567th Oak Leaves 2 September 1944
Klein, KurtKurt Klein Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Platoon leader in the 12.(MG)/Grenadier-Regiment 424[36] 16 April 1944
Klein, MaxMax Klein Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 2./Grenadier-Regiment 485[36] 9 April 1944
Klein, WalterWalter Klein Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 193[37] 9 May 1940
Kleindienst, ErhardErhard Kleindienst Heer 12-HLeutnant Leader of the 8./Jäger-Regiment 28[37] 18 December 1944* Killed in action 10 October 1944[37]
Kleinheisterkamp, MatthiasMatthias Kleinheisterkamp+ Waffen-SS 18-WSS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS Commander of SS-Division "Das Reich"[37] 31 March 1942 Awarded (871st) Oak Leaves 9 May 1945?[Note 12]
Kleinmann, AlfonsAlfons Kleinmann Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 118[37] 14 August 1943
Kleinschmidt, ErnstErnst Kleinschmidt Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Adjutant in Panzergrenadier-Regiment 111[37] 30 September 1943
Kleinschmidt, WernerWerner Kleinschmidt Heer 14-HHauptmann Company chief in the Aufklärungs-Abteilung 341 (motorized)[37] 14 December 1941
Kleist, Paul Ludwig Ewald vonPaul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist+ Heer 20-HGeneral der Kavallerie Commanding general of the XXII. Armeekorps (Panzer-Gruppe "Kleist")[37] 15 May 1940 Awarded 72nd Oak Leaves 17 February 1942
60th Swords 30 March 1944
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Kleist-Retzow, Jarislaff vonJarislaff von Kleist-Retzow Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the II./Artillerie-Regiment 161[37] 14 February 1945
Klemann, HelmutHelmut Klemann Heer 13-HOberleutnant Leader of the 2./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 59[37] 28 October 1944
Klemm, HansHans Klemm Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Group leader in the 2./Infanterie-Regiment "Großdeutschland" (motorized)[37] 10 December 1942
Klemm, RudolfRudolf Klemm Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 10./Jagdgeschwader 54[37] 18 November 1944
Klemt, HeinrichHeinrich Klemt?[Note 13] Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of Panzer-Pionier-Baillion II./Führer-Grenadier-Brigade[37] 2 May 1945
Klemz, BernhardBernhard Klemz Heer 14-HHauptmann Chief of the 5./Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland"[37] 4 June 1944
Kless, FriedrichFriedrich Kless Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Kampfgeschwader 55[37] 14 October 1940
Klett, AlbertAlbert Klett Waffen-SS 13-WSS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves Chief of the 6./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15 "Florian Geyer"[37] 16 October 1944
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Klette, Hans-DietrichHans-Dietrich Klette Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Gruppenkommandeur of the Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 4[37] 5 April 1944
Kliemann, NikodemusNikodemus Kliemann?[Note 14] Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 410[37] 9 May 1945
Klien, HeinzHeinz Klien Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän in the II./Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke"[37] 12 November 1941
Klier, ErichErich Klier Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 5./Jäger-Regiment 56[37] 4 May 1944
Klima, RobertRobert Klima Heer 12-HLeutnant of the Reserves Leader of the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 1[37] 10 August 1943
Klimek, HelmutHelmut Klimek Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Wireless/radio operator in the 14.(Eis)/Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke"[37] 9 June 1944
Kling, HeinrichHeinrich Kling Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Chief of the 13.(schwere)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"[40] 23 February 1944
Klingenberg, FritzFritz Klingenberg Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer Chief of the 2./SS-Kradschützen-Bataillon 2 "Reich"[40] 14 May 1941
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Klinger, KurtKurt Klinger Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 15.(Radfahr)/Grenadier-Regiment 89[40] 19 January 1943
Klinke, WalterWalter Klinke Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 31[40] 30 September 1944
Klischat, FriedrichFriedrich Klischat Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 3./Füssilier-Regiment 27[40] 12 March 1944
Klitsch, FranzFranz Klitsch Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Company leader in Grenadier-Regiment 120 (motorized)[40] 22 January 1943
Klocke, WalterWalter Klocke Heer 16-HOberstleutnant Commander of Sturm-Regiment 215[40] 20 April 1944
Kloepper, HeinrichHeinrich Klöpper Luftwaffe 10-LOberfeldwebel Pilot in the 11./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[40] 4 September 1942
Kloepping, WilhelmWilhelm Klöpping Heer 04-HObergefreiter Machine gunner in the 5./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4[40] 15 May 1943
Kloos, HermannHermann Kloos Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves Chief of the 3.(sPW)/Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8[40] 13 December 1943* Died of wounds 10 December 1943
Klos, OttoOtto Klos Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of Jäger-Regiment 41 (L)[40] 9 December 1944
Klose, ErwinErwin Klose Heer 14-HHauptmann Leader of the II./Jäger-Regiment 28[40] 9 January 1945
Klose, FriedrichFriedrich Klose Heer 06-HUnteroffizier Gun leader in the 14.(Panzerjäger)/Infanterie-Regiment 240[40] 20 August 1942
Klose, HelmutHelmut Klose Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel Company troop leader in the 6./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 115[40] 16 November 1944
Klose, PaulPaul Klose Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves Commander of the I./Festungs-Grenadier-Regiment "Hauf" in the fortress Breslau[40] 30 April 1945
Klosinski, WernerWerner Klosinski Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 4 "General Wever"[40] 9 June 1944
Kloskowski, KarlKarl Kloskowski+ Waffen-SS 10-WSS-Hauptscharführer Platoon leader in the 4./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "Das Reich"[40] 11 July 1943 Awarded 546th Oak Leaves 11 August 1944 Bundesarchiv Bild 101III-Zschaeckel-209-21, Karl Kloskowski.jpg
Kloss, MaxMax Kloß Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the II./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 144[40] 26 November 1944
Klossek, ErnstErnst Klossek Heer 13-HOberleutnant Chief of the 12./Infanterie-Regiment 422[41] 23 February 1942
Klosterkemper, BernhardBernhard Klosterkemper Heer 17-HOberst Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 920[41] 4 July 1944
Klotz, LudwigLudwig Klotz Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Chief of the 9./Infanterie-Regiment 423[41] 4 July 1940
Klotzsche, HansHans Klotzsche Heer 15-HMajor Commander of the I./Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 80[41] 28 December 1943
Klueber, WilhelmWilhelm Klüber Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1[41] 16 April 1943
Kluemper, WernerWerner Klümper Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 26[41] 29 August 1943
Kluender, ErichErich Klünder Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän Chief of the 5. Minensuchflottille[41] 12 August 1944
Klueser, EwaldEwald Klüser Heer 14-HHauptmann Chief of the 2./Pionier-Bataillon 12[41] 10 February 1945
Kluever, Max[Dr.] Max Klüver[Note 5] Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[42] Commander of the I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 40[41][42] 12 October 1943[42]
Klug, BerndBernd Klug+ Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant Commander of Schnellboot S-28 in the 1. Schnellbootflottille[41] 12 March 1941 Awarded 361st Oak Leaves 1 January 1944
Kluge, ErnstErnst Kluge Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 6./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25[41] 7 October 1944
Kluge, GerhardGerhard Kluge Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves Leader of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 586[41] 9 June 1944
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Kluge, Günther vonGünther von Kluge+ Heer 20-HGeneral der Artillerie Commander-in-Chief of the 4. Armee[41] 30 September 1939 Awarded 181st Oak Leaves 18 January 1943
40th Swords 29 October 1943
Black-and-white portrait of an older man wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at his neck, his hair is combed back.
Kluge, WaldemarWaldemar Kluge Luftwaffe 15-LMajor Commander of the I./Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Hermann Göring"[43] 2 August 1943
Kluge, Wolfgang vonWolfgang von Kluge Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant Commander of the 292. Infanterie-Division[41] 29 August 1943
Klußmann, Hans-JürgenHans-Jürgen Klußmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant Technical officer in the I./Schlachtgeschwader 1[41] 9 November 1944
Kluth, BernhardBernhard Kluth Heer 09-HFeldwebel Platoon leader in the 12./Schützen-Regiment 4[41] 28 November 1940
Kmitta, LotharLothar Kmitta Luftwaffe 12-LLeutnant Pilot in the Nahaufklärungs-Gruppe 5[41] 18 November 1944

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  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. Unlawful presentation to Werner Kaminski by the Dönitz Government (Regierung Dönitz) after 8 May 1945, which can be verified by radio communication dated on 21 May 1945. The presentation date was backdated by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[15]
  3. No evidence of the award can be found in the German National Archives. Fellgiebel claimed that Paul-Albert Kausch, at the time wounded in the Reich Chancellery, had received news that according to a radio message received from Panzer AOK 11 had been awarded the Oak Leaves on 23 April 1945 from SS-Brigadeführer Joachim Ziegler. Ziegler, the Division commander of Kausch, was killed in action on 1 May 1945. Krätschmer however indicated that Kausch was wounded 25 April, therefore he couldn’t have received the news on 25 April. The 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland was only subordinated to the 11th Panzer Armee in February 1945. The Stab of the 11th Panzer Army then relocated to the Western front where it surrendered on 21 April. Krätschmer claimed that the award was presented for the actions during the middle of April east of Berlin. Mr. J.S. Fischer, who was verifying the Oak Leaves presentation on behalf of Fellgiebel is not aware of a radio message received from the Panzer AOK 11. Fischer indicated that he only referenced the information presented by Kausch, which is already stated in Krätschmer. According to information by Fischer on 14 October 2004, Fellgiebel had made the note about the Panzer AOK 11. The sequential number "845" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR), according to Krätschmer the number is "846", the date was accepted by the AKCR. Kausch was member of the AKCR.[15]
  4. Name may also be spelled Paul Kazmaier.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 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.
  6. According to Scherzer as leader of the 8./Kampfgruppe "Bruhn" [emergency unit with the II SS Panzer Corps, area Arnheim, Netherlands].[23]
  7. According to Scherzer as chief of Luftflotte 1 and commander-in-chief east.[23]
  8. No evidence of the award can be found in the German National Archives. Also never processed by the Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). According to Von Semen presumably presented by General Maximilian de Angelis on the basis of the Dönitz-decree.[27] Walther-Peer Fellgiebel noted in his book: "A justification for the presentation was not given".[28][29]
  9. Dietrich Kirn is a cover name used while serving in the Abwehr (military intelligence). His real name is Dietrich Witzel.[31]
  10. According to Scherzer as pilot in the I./Jagdgeschwader 54.[34]
  11. According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant of the Reserves.[35]
  12. Historian Veit Scherzer expressed doubt about the veracity of the presentation of the Oak Leaves to Matthias Kleinheisterkamp. According to Scherzer, Fellgiebel claims that the nomination was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) via teleprinter from the commander-in-chief of the 9. Armee, general Theodor Busse, on 21 April 1945. Busse had nominated SS-Obergruppenführer Kleinheisterkamp for the Oak Leaves. The claim is that the teleprinter message contained a note that the formal procedure for immediate approval should be waited for (Dienstwegvorschlag bzgl. Sofortverleihung abwarten). This teleprinter message cannot be found in the German Nation Archives (Bestand RH 7). Busse had also nominated by teleprinter message Generalmajor Joachim von Siegroth on the 21 April. This teleprinter message can be found in the Nation Archives (Bundesarchiv RH 7/300). According to Fellgiebel the same note can be found on von Siegroth's nomination. This means that a formal nomination, in this instance via the Army Group Vistula, followed. Both announced "formal nominations" never followed and were never received by the HPA. The teleprinter message nomination of von Siegroth is listed in the book of "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) with an entry date of 21 April but Kleinheisterkamp's nomination isn't. The reason for this may be that the liaison officer of the Waffen-SS at the HPA/P5a may have forwarded the nomination to the Reichsführer-SS for approval. From here it should have been returned to the HPA which it wasn't. The distribution list of von Siegroth's nomination indicates that general Busse had informed the Army Group Vistula and the chief of the HPA general Wilhelm Burgdorf. It is very likely that Kleinheisterkamp's nomination had the same distribution list as von Siegroth's, because the same principles applied. Burgdorf therefore should have been informed of the formal procedure regarding Kleinheisterkamp's nomination. The question remains unanswered whether the Führer Headquarter or Adolf Hitler has approved the direct nomination of Kleinheisterkamp on 28 April or not. Scherzer claims that this is very unlikely because Burgdorf would not have done two things. First, submit a nomination to the Führer without having assessed the situation himself, which only would have been possible if he had studied the formal paperwork. Secondly he would not have bypassed the formal procedure which was already initiated. Additionally the radio connection to the Führerbunker was down since 5:00 on 28 April 1945. The sequential number "871" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and the date is assumed.[38]
  13. No evidence of the award can be found in the German National Archives. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel, just like Gerhard von Seemen, assumed a presentation via the chief of the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Personnel Office) Wilhelm Burgdorf to very unlikely. The Führer-Grenadier-Division had been deployed in Silesia and the Ostmark (Austria) in March 1945 and not in the vicinity of Berlin. Scherzer was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). Heinrich Klemt was listed for the first time in the second edition of Von Seemen's book Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–45—The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–45 with a footnote: "No evidence in the German National Archives, presentation from the combat area Berlin". This information was later published in 1984 by Helmuth Spaeter, author of Die Geschichte des Panzerkorps Großdeutschland—The History of the Panzer Corps Großdeutschland and in 1986 by Fellgiebel.[39]
  14. Nikodemus Kliemann's nomination of the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) was ready for signature but the process was never completed. The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) claims that the presentation was 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.[39]

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Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 248–261.
  2. Scherzer 2007, pp. 147–149.
  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. 
  4. "Reichsgesetzblatt Teil I S. 849; 3 June 1940" (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=19400007&zoom=2&seite=00000849&ues=on&x=22&y=10. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  5. "Reichsgesetzblatt Teil I S. 613; 28 September 1941" (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=19410007&zoom=2&seite=00000613&ues=on&x=14&y=9. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  6. "Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11; 29 December 1944" (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=19450007&zoom=2&seite=00000011&ues=on&x=14&y=10. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  7. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 112.
  8. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 102–111.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 426.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 248.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 427.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 248, 493.
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 13.18 13.19 13.20 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 249.
  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 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 14.22 14.23 14.24 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 250.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 147.
  16. 16.00 16.01 16.02 16.03 16.04 16.05 16.06 16.07 16.08 16.09 16.10 16.11 16.12 16.13 16.14 16.15 16.16 16.17 16.18 16.19 16.20 16.21 16.22 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 251.
  17. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 251, 493.
  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 18.19 18.20 18.21 18.22 18.23 18.24 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 252.
  19. 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 19.11 Scherzer 2007, p. 435.
  20. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 252, 493.
  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 21.20 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 253.
  22. 22.00 22.01 22.02 22.03 22.04 22.05 22.06 22.07 22.08 22.09 22.10 22.11 22.12 22.13 22.14 22.15 22.16 22.17 22.18 22.19 22.20 22.21 22.22 22.23 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 254.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 Scherzer 2007, p. 438.
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 24.14 24.15 24.16 24.17 24.18 24.19 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 255.
  25. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 255, 494.
  26. 26.00 26.01 26.02 26.03 26.04 26.05 26.06 26.07 26.08 26.09 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 26.14 26.15 26.16 26.17 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 256.
  27. Von Seemen 1976, p. 191.
  28. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 27.
  29. Scherzer 2007, pp. 147–148.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 256, 494.
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Scherzer 2007, p. 793.
  32. 32.00 32.01 32.02 32.03 32.04 32.05 32.06 32.07 32.08 32.09 32.10 32.11 32.12 32.13 32.14 32.15 32.16 32.17 32.18 32.19 32.20 32.21 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 257.
  33. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 257, 494.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 34.5 34.6 Scherzer 2007, p. 444.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 35.6 Scherzer 2007, p. 445.
  36. 36.00 36.01 36.02 36.03 36.04 36.05 36.06 36.07 36.08 36.09 36.10 36.11 36.12 36.13 36.14 36.15 36.16 36.17 36.18 36.19 36.20 36.21 36.22 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 258.
  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 37.21 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 259.
  38. Scherzer 2007, p. 148.
  39. 39.0 39.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 149.
  40. 40.00 40.01 40.02 40.03 40.04 40.05 40.06 40.07 40.08 40.09 40.10 40.11 40.12 40.13 40.14 40.15 40.16 40.17 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 260.
  41. 41.00 41.01 41.02 41.03 41.04 41.05 41.06 41.07 41.08 41.09 41.10 41.11 41.12 41.13 41.14 41.15 41.16 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 261.
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 451.
  43. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 261, 494.
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  • Williamson, Gordon; Bujeiro, Ramiro (2004). Knight's Cross and Oak Leaves Recipients 1939–40. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-641-0. 
Further reading
  • 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 3-9501307-0-5. 
  • Fraschka, Günther (1994). Knights of the Reich. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Military/Aviation History. ISBN 0-88740-580-0. 

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