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Helmut Friebe
Born (1894-11-04)4 November 1894
Died 14 January 1970(1970-01-14) (aged 75)
Place of birth Namslau
Place of death Friedrichshafen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 125. Infanterie-Division
22. Infanterie-Division
LXIV. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Relations Werner Friebe

Helmut Friebe (4 November 1894 – 14 January 1970) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the LXIV. Armeekorps. 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.

He took up his command in Crete in May 1944 after the kidnap of General Kreipe by Patrick Leigh Fermor and Bill Stanley Moss working with Cretan andartes.

Friebe was captured by American troops in May 1945 and was released in 1947. Helmut Friebe was the older brother of Generalmajor Werner Friebe, who is also a Knight's Cross recipient.

Awards and decorations


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 156.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Schneckenburger
Commander of 125. Infanterie-Division
24 December 1942 – 31 March 1944
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Generalmajor Heinrich Kreipe
Commander of 22. Infanterie-Division
1 May 1944 – 4 April 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Gerhard Kühne
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Maximilian Grimmeiß
Commander of LXIV. Armeekorps
15 April 1945 – April 1945
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Rudolf Freiherr von Roman

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