Karl Kreutz

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Karl Kreutz
Born 20 September 1909
Bromberg, Province of Posen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire now Bydgoszcz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland
Died 27 July 1997 (1997-07-28) (aged 87)
Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1932–45
Rank Standartenführer (Colonel)
Unit 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class

Karl Kreutz (20 September 1909 – 27 July 1997) was a Standartenführer (Colonel) in the Waffen-SS who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Kreutz started World War II as a Battery Commander in the Das Reich Artillery Battalion and went on to command the Division.[1]

Commands

  • 2nd Battery Das Reich
  • 6th Battery Das Reich
  • IV Artillery Battalion, 2nd SS Pz.Art.Rgt. Das Reich
  • 2nd SS Panzer Artillery Regiment Das Reich
  • 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich[2]

Awards

Notes

  1. According to Scherzer as commander of SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 2.[6]
  2. No evidence of the Oak Leaves can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "863" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Karl Kreutz was member of the AKCR.[8]

References

Citations

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas 1997, p. 408.
  4. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 254.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 274.
  6. Scherzer 2007, p. 474.
  7. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 103.
  8. Scherzer 2007, p. 151.

Bibliography

  • 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>
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 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 (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding
Commander of 2nd SS Division Das Reich
20 January 1945 – 29 January 1945
Succeeded by
SS-Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff
Preceded by
SS-Standartenführer Rudolf Lehmann
Commander of 2nd SS Division Das Reich
13 April 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
disbanded