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Ernst Knebel

Ernst Knebel
Born (1892-06-02)2 June 1892
Died 13 March 1945(1945-03-13) (aged 52)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–20
Rank Generalmajor (Posthumously)
Commands held Armee-Waffenschule 3. Panzerarmee

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Police officer

Ernst Knebel (6 February 1892 – 13 March 1945) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Ernst Knebel was seriously wounded in January 1945 and died of his wounds on 13 March 1945 in Preußisch-Eylau. He was posthumously promoted to Generalmajor.

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Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
29 January 1945 (addendum) Bei den schweren Kämpfen in Ostpreußen haben Volkssturm und Alarmeinheiten unter Führung des mit dem Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuz ausgezeichneten Obersten Knebel Feind tagelang den Übergang über den Pregel verwehrt und damit dazu beigetragen, daß der Zusammenhang der Front zwischen dem Masurischen Seen und dem Kurischen Haff gewahrt blieb.[4] In the heavy fighting in East Prussia, Volkssturm and alarm units under the leadership of the bearer of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, Colonel Knebel, have prevented the passage of the Pregel for days, and thus have contributed that the connection of the front between the Masurian Lakes and the Curonian Lagoon remained preserved.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 381.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 215.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 81.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 422.

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