Heinz-Oskar Laebe

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Heinz-Oskar Laebe
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Born (1913-02-05)5 February 1913
Peine, Lower Saxony
Died 15 February 1999(1999-02-15) (aged 86)
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Polizei, Heer
Years of service 1932–45
Rank Oberst
Unit 11. Infanterie-Division
Commands held Grenadier-Regiment 44
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Heinz Oskar Laebe (5 February 1913 – 15 February 1999) was a highly decorated infantry officer in the Wehrmacht during World War II who was one of only 882 recipients who were awarded 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.


Heinz-Oskar Laebe joined the Polizei (police force) of Hamburg in 1932 and was promoted to Leutnant of the Prussian Landespolizei on 1 January 1935.

Awards and decorations


  1. Heinz-Oskar Laebe's nomination was prepared for signature by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) by the end of the war. 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 is an assumption of the AKCR. Laebe was a member of the AKCR.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thomas 1998, p. 1.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 282.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 103.
  4. Scherzer 2007, p. 151.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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  • "Heinz-Oskar Laebe". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 20 September 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>