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Franz-Joseph Schulze

German general and Knight's Cross recipients
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Date of birth Salzkotten, Paderborn, Detmold Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia
Date of death Jan 31, 2005 Bonn, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Awards commander of the Legion of Merit, German Cross in Gold, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, legionnaire of Legion of Merit
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Franz-Joseph Schulze (18 September 1918 – 31 January 2005) was a German general who was the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe (NATO). During World War II, he served in the Luftwaffe and was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.


  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 30 November 1944 as Oberleutnant and Chef of the 3./Flak-Sturm-Regiment 241
  • Großes Verdienstkreuz mit Stern und Schulterband des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
  • Commander of the Legion of Honour
  • Commander of the Legion of Merit
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