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Walter Gericke

Walter Gericke

German military officer
The basics
Occupation Military personnel
Country Germany
Date of birth
Date of death Oct 19, 1991 Alsfeld, Vogelsbergkreis, Giessen Government Region, Hesse
Awards Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, German Cross in Gold, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Authority Library of congress id ISNI id VIAF id
The details

Walter Gericke (23 December 1907 – 19 October 1991), was a German paratroop officer in the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany during World War II and a general in the Bundeswehr of West Germany. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.

Gericke joined the newly formed Bundeswehr after the rearmament of West Germany and as a Generalmajor led the 1. Luftlande-Division from 1962 to 1965.


  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (10 April 40) & 1st Class (12 May 1940)
  • German Cross in Gold on 12 December 1943 as Major in the II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 14 June 1941 as Hauptmann and commander of the IV./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment
    • 585th Oak Leaves on 17 September 1944 as Major and commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 11
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