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Gerhart Schirmer

Gerhart Schrimer
Born (1913-01-09)9 January 1913
Died 5 September 2004(2004-09-05) (aged 91)
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945)
West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1935–45,
Rank Oberstleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Commands held Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 5
Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Gerhart Schrimer (9 January 1913 – 5 September 2004) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Fallschirmjäger during World War II and an Oberst in the Bundeswehr. 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. Gerhart Schrimer was captured by British troops in 1945 and then handed over to Soviet troops. He was held until 1956; later that year he joined the Bundeswehr and served until retirement in 1971.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ a b c Thomas 1998, p. 257.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 407.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 307.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 77.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of Luftlandebrigade 25
May 1957 – December 1962
Succeeded by
Oberst Hans-Gotthard Pestke
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