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Karl-Heinz Becker (Fallschirmjäger)

Karl-Heinz Becker
Born (1914-01-02)2 January 1914
Died 3 October 2000(2000-10-03) (aged 86)
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1934–45
Rank Oberst
Commands held Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 5
3. Fallschirmjäger Division

World War II

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

Karl-Heinz Becker (2 January 1914 – 3 October 2000) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Fallschirmjäger during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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.


Becker was born on 2 January 1914 in Schwedt at the time in the Province of Brandenburg, a province of the Kingdom of Prussia. He joined the police force on 10 October 1934 with the Landespolizeigruppe "General Göring" (State Police Group "General Goering") and enrolled at the 2nd Fähnrich (cadet) training course in Potsdam-Eiche on 1 July 1935.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
29 July 1944 (Addendum) In den schwere Kämpfen im Raum St. Lo – Lassay haben sich in den letzten Wochen in Abwehr und Gegenangriff besonders ausgezeichnet:
Die 17. SS-Panzergrandier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen" unter Führung ihres schwer verwundeten Kommandeurs Brigadeführer Ostendorff und seines Vertreters Standartenführer Baum,
die 353. Infanterie-Division unter Führung ihres Divisionskommandeurs Generalleutnant Mahlmann,
das Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 5 unter seinem Kommandeur Major Heinz Becker,
das Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 9 unter seinem Kommandeur Major Kurt Stephani und das Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 unter seinem Kommandeur Oberstleutnant Gröschke.
In the heavy fighting of the recent weeks in the St. Lo - Lassay area have particularly distinguished themselves in defense and counter-attacks:
The 17th SS-Panzer- Grandier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen" led by their severely wounded commander Brigadeführer Ostendorff and his representative Standartenführer Baum,
the 353rd Infantry Division, led by their divisional commander Lieutenant General Mahlmann,
the Parachute Regiment 5 under his commander Major Heinz Becker,
the Parachute Regiment 9 under his commander Major Kurt Stephani and the Parachute Regiment 15 under its commander Lieutenant Colonel Gröschke.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas and Wegmann 1986, p. 14.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 31.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 108.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 82.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 181.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Helmut von Hoffmann
Commander of 3. Fallschirmjäger Division
8 March 1945 – 8 April 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst Hummel
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