Siegfried Grabert

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Siegfried Grabert
Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-210-0219-02A, Russland-Nord, Siegfried Grabert.jpg
Born (1916-01-11)11 January 1916
Died 25 July 1942(1942-07-25) (aged 26)
Rostov, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1934–37
Rank Major of the Reserves
Unit Lehr-Regiment "Brandenburg" z.b.V. 800
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Siegfried Grabert (11 January 1916 – 25 July 1942) was a highly decorated Major of the Reserves in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient 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. Siegfried Grabert was killed on 25 July 1942 during a commando operation to destroy a dam between Rostov and Bataisk. He was posthumously promoted to Major der Reserve and on 6 November 1943 was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross.

Interestingly, Siegfried Grabert's letters which portray some early undertakings of 'The Brandenburg Commandos' have turned up in the island of Malta as reported in an article in 'The Malta Independent' dated Tuesday 8 December 2015. According to the man who had come into possession of this remarkable trove of papers, Grabert's letters offer a privileged view inside a highly decorated Major’s personal life and thoughts unavailable from any other source.

Awards and decorations



  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1997, p. 211.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 167.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 64.


  • 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 (2005). The Brandenburger Commandos:Germany's Elite Warrior Spies in World War II. Mechanicsburg, PA USA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3250-5
  • 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>

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