Walter von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt

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Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt
Born (1887-07-13)13 July 1887
Perleberg, Province of Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Died 9 May 1943(1943-05-09) (aged 55)
Berlin, Free State of Prussia, Nazi Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1907–43
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held 23. Infanterie-Division
XXVIII. Armeekorps
II. Armeekorps
Battles/wars World War I

World War II

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

Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt[Note 1] (13 July 1887, Perleberg, Province of Brandenburg – 9 May 1943) was a German general of the Infantry, serving during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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.

Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt became ill in November 1942 and had to return to Germany. He died in the Reservelazarett 123 in Berlin-Zehlendorf.

Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt himself was a descendant of Danish-Holsteiner nobility, he was the son of Graf Ernst von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt.[1]



  1. Regarding personal names: Graf was a title before 1919, but now is regarded as part of the surname. It is translated as Count. Before the August 1919 abolition of nobility as a legal class, titles preceded the full name when given (Graf Helmuth James von Moltke). Since 1919, these titles, along with any nobiliary prefix (von, zu, etc.), can be used, but are regarded as a dependent part of the surname, and thus come after any given names (Helmuth James Graf von Moltke). Titles and all dependent parts of surnames are ignored in alphabetical sorting. The feminine form is Gräfin.



  1. "Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt". (in Danish). Retrieved 2010-03-29. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas 1997, p. 83.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 145.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 60.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). 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>
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2003). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe I Abraham – Huppertz (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 978-3-932381-20-1. 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>

External links

  • "Lexikon der Wehrmacht". Walter von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt. Retrieved 13 April 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Ernst Busch
Commander of 23. Infanterie-Division
February 1938 – 1 June 1940
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Heinz Hellmich
Preceded by
Commander of XXVIII. Armeekorps
1 June 1940 – 20 June 1940
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Peter Weyer
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Karl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel
Commander of II. Armeekorps
21 June 1940 – June 1942
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppe Otto von Knobelsdorff
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppe Otto von Knobelsdorff
Commander of II. Armeekorps
1 July 1942 – 19 January 1943
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Paul Laux