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Theodor Kretschmer
Born (1901-11-26)November 26, 1901
Died 5 December 1986(1986-12-05) (aged 85)
Place of birth Burghaun
Place of death Schlitz
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1919–1945
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 16. Panzer-Division
17. Panzer-Division

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Theodor Kretschmer (26 November 1901 – 5 December 1986) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Theodor Kretschmer was captured by Soviet troops in May 1945 and was held until 1955.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 225.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Dietrich von Müller
Commander of 16. Panzer-Division
1 December 1944 – 31 January 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Dietrich von Müller
Preceded by
Oberst Albert Brux
Commander of 17. Panzer-Division
1 February 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by

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