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Born (1898-09-07)7 September 1898
Died 17 October 1983(1983-10-17) (aged 85)
Place of birth Hildesheim, Germany
Place of death Cologne, Germany
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1919)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914-1919
Rank Oberst der Reserve
Commands held Sturm-Regiment AOK 2

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Police officer

Walter Schlags-Koch (7 September 1898 – 17 October 1983) was a highly decorated Oberst der Reserve 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. He was also awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold one of only 631 awards.

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  1. The Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) received Walter Schlags-Koch's nomination via wireless communication on 6 April 1945. Major Joachim Domaschk requested via wireless communication the advisory opinion of the 2. Armee. Presumably this statement was not received yet on 28 April because Domaschk decided to postpone the decision and ordered the re-presentation for 8 May, which was never processed. The entry date for the wireless nomination of 6 April 1945 is noted on the nomination list of the higher grade of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. However no other date is listed, the section comments states "unprocessed". The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1973 and decided: "877 Oak Leaves". This decision was not approved by Gerhard von Seemann—author of various publications regarding the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross—since Schlags-Koch is not listed as an Oak Leaves recipient in his book Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 (2nd edition from 1976). The presentation number was later changed by Fellgiebel to "876". The presentation date was assigned by Fellgiebel. Schlags-Koch was a member of the AKCR.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thomas 1998, p. 258.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Berger 2004, p. 459.
  3. Fellgiebel 2003, p. 307.
  4. Fellgiebel 2003, p. 86.
  5. Scherzer 2007, p. 171.
  • Berger, Florian (2004). Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold. Selbstverlag Florian Berger ISBN 3-9501307-3-X.
  • 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.
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2300-3.

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