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Karl Koetz
Born (1908-02-08)8 February 1908
Died 11 July 1977(1977-07-11) (aged 69)
Place of birth Berlin
Place of death Meran
Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1925–1945
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 349. Volksgrenadier-Division
21. Infanterie-Division

World War II

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

Karl Koetz (8 February 1908 – 11 July 1977) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. 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 Koetz was captured by British at the end of the war and was held until 1947.

Oberstleutnant Karl Koetz officially received the Oak Leaves from Adolf Hitler in the ceremony held in the Wolf's Lair in Rastenburg, on 30 January 1944, along with Oberstleutnant Albert Graf von der Goltz (316th Oak Leaves recipient), Major Josef-Georg Mulzer (367th), Rittmeister Andreas Thorey (349th) and Leutnant d.R. Heinrich Boigk (370th).[1]

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
25 October 1944 (addendum) In den Kämpfen im ostpreußischen Grenzgebiet haben sich zwei Kampfgruppen unter Führung der Eichenlaubträger Oberst Koetz und Oberst Lauchert besonders ausgezeichnet.[4] In the battles on the East Prussian border, two battle groups under the leadership of the Oak Leaves bearers Colonel Koetz and Colonel Lauchert have particularly distinguished themselves.


  1. Axis History Forum
  2. Fellgiebel 2003, p. 219.
  3. Fellgiebel 2003, p. 66.
  4. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 307.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer; C. F., Colton; Rogers, Duncan (2003). Elite of the Third Reich: the recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, 1939–45. Helion & Company Limited. ISBN 978-1-874622-46-8. 
  • 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
Commander of 349. Volksgrenadier-Division
11 September 1944 – 1 April 1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Generalmajor Heinrich Götz
Commander of 21. Infantrie-Division
1 April 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by

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