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Kurt Wahl

Kurt Wahl
Born 20 August 1914
Died 28 December 1988(1988-12-28) (aged 74)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1931–45
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
German Cross in Gold
Wound Badge

Kurt Wahl (20 August 1914 — 28 December 1988) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded 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.


  • Career 1
  • Awards 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4


He was born 20 August 1914 in Meiningen near Thüringen. During World War II, he joined the Waffen SS and was posted to the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen, he was awarded the Knight's Cross while serving as the Adjutant of the 38th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment in August 1944 and received the award of the Oakleaves in February 1945, while in command of the 17th SS Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion. Wahl survived the war and died on the 28 December 1988 at Oyten, near Bremen.


  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (1 September 1941)[1]
    • 1st Class (1 April 1942)[1]
  • German Cross in Gold (18 July 1944)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 23 August 1944 as SS-Hauptsturmführer and leader of a Kampfgruppe in SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 38 "Götz von Berlichingen"[2][Note 1]
    • 720th Oak Leaves on 1 February 1945 as SS-Sturmbannführer and commander of the SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 17 "Götz von Berlichingen"[4][Note 2]


  1. ^ According to Scherzer as adjutant in SS-Panzergreadier-Regiment 38 and leader of a Kampfgruppe.[3]
  2. ^ According to Scherzer as Commander of the SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 17.[3]


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 408.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 435.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 765.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 96.
  • Thomas M. Durante (2007), The German Close Combat Clasp of World War II, ISBN 978-90-812301-1-7
  • Manfred Dörr, Die Träger der Nahkampfspange in Gold, Heer-Luftwaffe-Waffen-SS 1943 - 1945 ISBN 3-7648-2585-5
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.  
  • 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.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  
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