Richard Schimpf

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Dipl.-Ing. Richard Schimpf
Born (1897-05-16)16 May 1897
Eggenfelden
Died 30 December 1972(1972-12-30) (aged 75)
Düsseldorf
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1915–18)
Reichswehr (1918–33)
Heer (1933–35)
Luftwaffe (1935–45)
Luftwaffe (1957–62)
Years of service 1915–29
1930–45
1957–62
Rank Generalleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Generalmajor (Bundeswehr)
Commands held 21. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
3. Fallschirmjäger Division
Battles/wars World War I

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Dipl.-Ing. Richard Schimpf[Notes 1] (16 May 1897 – 30 December 1972) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Fallschirmjäger during World War II and a Generalmajor in the Bundeswehr. 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. In March 1945 Richard Schimpf surrendered to American troops at Bad Godesberg, handing the city over without a shot being fired. He was transferred to British custody until December 1947. He joined the post war Luftwaffe in 1957 and retired in 1962 as a Generalmajor.

Awards and decorations

Notes

  1. In German an engineer's degree is called Diplom-Ingenieur (abbreviated Dipl.-Ing.)

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas & Wegmann 1986, p. 254.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 307.

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>
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knights of the Wehrmacht Knight's Cross Holders of the Fallschirmjäger. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military. ISBN 978-0-88740-749-9.<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; Wegmann, Günter (1986). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil II: Fallschirmjäger (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-1461-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Military offices
Preceded by
Formed from Luftwaffen-Division Meindl
Commander of 21. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
December 1942 – 24 October 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf-Eduard Licht
Preceded by
Generalmajor Walter Barenthin
Commander of 3. Fallschirmjäger Division
17 February 1944 – 20 August 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Walter Wadehn
Preceded by
Generalmajor Walter Wadehn
Commander of 3. Fallschirmjäger Division
6 January 1945 – 1 March 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst Helmut von Hoffmann