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Thilo Freiherr von Werthern
Born 24 July 1912
Died 10 January 2004(2004-01-10) (age 15)
Place of birth Coburg
Place of death Hamburg
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Flag of Germany.png West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935 - 1945
1957 - 1972
Rank Hauptmann (Wehrmacht)
Oberstleutnant (Bundeswehr)
Commands held Fahnenjunkerschule 2 der Panzertruppe

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Thilo Freiherr von Werthern[a] (24 July 1912 – 10 January 2004) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht during World War II and 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. Thilo Freiherr von Werthern was captured by British troops in May 1945 and was released in June 1945. He later joined the Bundeswehr in 1957 and retired in 1972 as an Oberstleutnant.

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  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The female forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 359.
  • 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]. Friedburg, 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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