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Wilhelm Antrup

Wilhelm Antrup
Born 1 February 1910
Died 14 November 1984(1984-11-14) (aged 74)
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (Wehrmacht)
Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Years of service 1935–45
Rank Oberstleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Brigadegeneral (Bundeswehr)
Unit Condor Legion
Kampfgeschwader 55
Commands held Kampfgeschwader 55

Spanish Civil War
World War II

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

Wilhelm "Willy" Antrup (1 February 1910 – 14 November 1984) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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. Wilhelm Antrup was captured by American troops in May 1945.

In 1956, joined the post war Brigadegeneral. Antrup was retired in March 1968.[2]

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ ANTRUP, Wilhelm "Willy",
  2. ^ Training institutions of the Luftwaffe
  3. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 193.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 100.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 77.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
Military offices
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Dr. Ernst Kühl
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 55
8 August 1943 - 1 October 1944
Succeeded by
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