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Theodor Kretschmer

Theodor Kretschmer

German General and Knight's Cross recipients
The basics
Occupations Military personnel
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth November 26, 1901 (Burghaun)
Death December 5, 1986 (Schlitz)
Theodor Kretschmer
The details

Theodor Kretschmer (26 November 1901 – 5 December 1986) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.
Kretschmer joined the German Army in 1919 and was commissioned in 1924. After a number of staff positions he briefly became commander of the 16th Panzer-Division in late 1944 before taking over as the commander of the 17th Panzer Division on 1 February 1945. Kretschmer was promoted to Major General on 1 April 1945. He surrendered his division on 11 May 1945 east of Prague. Convicted in the Soviet Union as a war criminal, he was held until 1955.

Awards and decorations

  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 8 March 1945 as Oberst and commander of 17. Panzer-Division
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 225.

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