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Karl-Wilhelm Specht

Karl-Wilhelm Specht
Born 22 May 1894
Died 3 December 1953(1953-12-03) (aged 59)
Woikowo Prisoner-of-war camp near Moscow
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment 55

World War I
World War II

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

Karl-Wilhelm Specht (22 May 1894 – 3 December 1953) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who served on the Army Honour Court after the 20 July Plot. 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. He also served on the "Court of Military Honour," a drumhead court-martial that expelled many of the officers involved in the July 20 Plot from the Army before handing them over to the People's Court. Karl-Wilhelm Specht was captured by Soviet troops at the end of the war and died 3 December 1953.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 328.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 52.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Karl-Wilhelm Specht @ Axis Biographical Research at the Wayback Machine (archived November 17, 2010)
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