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Karl Kriebel

German General and Knight's Cross recipient
The basics
Occupation Military personnel
Country Germany
Date of birth Metz
Date of death Nov 28, 1961 Berg
Authority VIAF id
The details

Karl Kriebel (26 February 1888 – 28 November 1961) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Karl Kriebel was born in Metz (February 26, 1888), in Alsace-Lorraine, which was then part of Germany. He joined the army at nineteen years old. Kriebel served in the 1st Königlich Bayerisches Infanterie-Regiment "König". Kriebel was detached to the Military Academy of Munich in 1909. During the First World War, Kriebel served as an Officer. He was awarded the Iron Cross Ist class.

At the beginning of the Second World War, Karl Kriebel was appointed commander of 56th Infantry Division. Later, he commanded several other divisions. He also served as a deputy member on the "Court of Military Honour," a drumhead court-martial that expelled many of the officers involved in the July 20 Plot from the Army before handing them over to the People's Court. Karl Kriebel was captured in 1945 and was released in 1947.

Awards and decorations

  • Iron Cross (1914)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class
  • Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 4 July 1940 as Generalmajor and commander of 56. Infanterie-Division
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 225.

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