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Dietrich Kraiss

German general
The basics
Occupation Military personnel
Country Germany
Date of birth Stuttgart, Stuttgart Government Region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Date of death Aug 06, 1944 Saint-Lô, arrondissement of Saint-Lô, Manche, Normandy
Awards German Cross in Gold, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Authority VIAF id
The details

Dietrich Kraiss (16 November 1889 – 6 August 1944) was a German general during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves of Nazi Germany.

Kraiss took command of the 168th Infantry Division in July 1941 and commanded the unit until March 1943. He then commanded 355th Infantry Division until May 1943. In November 1943 he took command of the 352nd Infantry Division which was in 1944, with six other divisions, located in Normandy in front of the Allied invasion. The division had 7,409 soldiers and kept defensive positions around St. Lô. Kraiss died on August 6, 1944 of injuries sustained 2 days earlier.

Awards and decorations

  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (18 September 1939) & 1st Class (3 October 1939)
  • German Cross in Gold on 28 February 1942 as Generalmajor and commander of the 168. Infanterie-Division
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 23 July 1942 as Generalmajor and commander of 168. Infanterie-Division
    • Oak Leaves on 11 August 1944 as Generalleutnant and commander of 352. Infanterie-Division
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