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Karl Arndt

Karl Arndt
Born (1892-03-10)10 March 1892
Groß-Kauen, district of Glogau
Died 30 December 1981(1981-12-30) (aged 89)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1911–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 293. Infanterie-Division
359. Infanterie-Division
XXXIX. Panzerkorps

World War II

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

Karl Hermann Arndt (10 March 1892 – 30 December 1981) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. 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. Karl Arndt was captured by American troops in May 1945 and was held until 1947.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
22 January 1945 Im Raum von Krakau hat die brandenburgische 359. Infanterie-Division unter Führung von Generalleutnant Arndt durch hervorragende Standhaftigkeit und beispielhaften Angriffsschwung den Durchbruch weit überlegener feindlicher Kräfte nach Süden über die Weichsel vereitelt und dadurch den Aufbau einer geschlossenen Abwehrfront ermöglicht.[6] In the area of Krakow has the Brandenburg 359th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Arndt shown outstanding steadfastness and exemplary attack momentum and thereby thwarted the breakthrough of far superior enemy forces south across the Vistula and thus enabled the construction of a closed defensive front.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 8.
  2. ^ a b c d Thomas and Wegmann 1987, p. 99.
  3. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 17.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 101.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 80.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 413.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkrueztraeger 1939-1945
  • Karl Arndt @ Axis Biographical Research
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Werner Forst
Commander of 293. Infanterie-Division
10 January 1943 – 2 November 1943
Succeeded by
Unit Disbanded
Preceded by
Formed from 293. Infanterie-Division
Commander of 359. Infanterie-Division
20 November 1943 – 25 April 1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Karl Decker
Commander of XXXIX. Panzerkorps
25 April 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
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