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Erich Diestel
Born (1892-11-08)November 8, 1892
Died 3 August 1973(1973-08-03) (aged 80)
Place of birth Deutsch Eylau
Place of death Bad Wiessee
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1916–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 101. Jäger-Division
75. Infanterie-Division
346. Infanterie-Division
331. Infanterie-Division
Korps Diestel
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Erich Diestel (8 November 1892 – 3 August 1973) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Erich Diestel was captured by Allied troops in May 1945 and was held until 1947.

Awards and decorations

Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
10 September 1944 Bei dem Kämpfen in Flandern hat sich die 346. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalleutnants Diestel hervorragend geschlagen.[2] The 346th Infantry Division unter the command of Generalleutnant Diestel has fought outstandingly in the battles in Flanders.

Notes

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 136.
  2. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 238

References

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • (in German) Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945]. München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Brauner von Haydringen
Commander of 101. Jäger-Division
11 April 1942 – 1 September 1942
Succeeded by
General der Gebirgstruppen Emil Vogel
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Ernst Hammer
Commander of 75. Infanterie-Division
5 September 1942 – 15 September 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Helmuth Beukemann
Preceded by
None
Commander of 346. Infanterie-Division
20 September 1942 – 16 October 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Walter Steinmüller

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