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Wilhelm Schmalz
Born (1901-03-01)1 March 1901
Died 14 July 1983(1983-07-14) (aged Error: Second date should be year, month, day)
Place of birth Reußen
Place of death Braunfels
Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1919–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann Göring
Fallschirm-Panzer-Korps Hermann Göring

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Wilhelm Schmalz (1 March 1901 – 14 March 1983) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Wilhelm Schmalz was captured by American troops in May 1945, he was accused of war crimes in Italy, but after 5 years the charges were dropped.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 308.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 65.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2005). Eichenlaubträger 1940 - 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe III Radusch - Zwernemann (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 3-932381-22-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Paul Conrath
Commander of Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann Göring
16 April 1944 - 30 September 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Hanns-Horst von Necker
Preceded by
Commander of Fallschirm-Panzerkorps Hermann Göring
4 October 1944 - 8 May 1945
Succeeded by

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