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Karl Kriebel
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Born (1888-02-26)February 26, 1888
Died 28 November 1961(1961-11-28) (aged 73)
Place of birth Metz, Alsace-Lorraine
Place of death Sparenberg, Germany
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1907–1945
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held 56. Infanterie-Division
46. Infanterie-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl Kriebel (26 February 1888 – 28 November 1961) was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Karl Kriebel was born in Metz (February 26, 1888), in Alsace-Lorraine, which was then part of Germany. He joined the army at nineteen years old. Kriebel served in the 1st Königlich Bayerisches Infanterie-Regiment "König". Kriebel was detached to the Military Academy of Munich in 1909. During the First World War, Kriebel served as an Officer. He was awarded the Iron Cross Ist class.

At the beginning of the Second World War, Karl Kriebel was appointed commander of 56th Infantry Division. Later, he commanded several other divisions. He also served as a deputy member on the "Court of Military Honour," a drumhead court-martial that expelled many of the officers involved in the July 20 Plot from the Army before handing them over to the People's Court. Karl Kriebel was captured in 1945 and was released in 1947.

Awards and decorations[]


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 225.
  • 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. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 56. Infanterie-Division
September 1939 - 24 July 1940
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Paul von Hase
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Paul von Hase
Commander of 46. Infanterie-Division
24 July 1940 - 17 September 1941
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Kurt Himer

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