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Willibald Borowietz
Born (1893-09-17)17 September 1893
Died 1 July 1945(1945-07-01) (aged 51)
Place of birth Ratibor
Place of death Camp Clinton
Buried at Fort Benning
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1919)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1943)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–1919
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 15. Panzer-Division

World War I
World War II

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

Willibald Borowietz (17 September 1893 – 1 July 1945) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. 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. Borowietz was captured when the Afrika Korps surrendered to Allied forces. He was held as a POW by the United States and died in their captivity in an auto accident. His wife, Eva Ledien, was of Jewish descent. She committed suicide in October 1938 so that their children could be Aryanized. This freed Willibald to follow his career. Eva's sister, Käthe (Ledien) Bosse, was killed in Ravensbrück concentration camp on 16 December 1944.

Awards and decorations

Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 12 April 1941 Bei dem Vorstoß einer Panzerdivision auf Üsküp am 6. und 7. April haben sich Oberst Apell, Kommandeur einer Schützenbrigade, und Oberstleutnant Borowiezt, Kommandeur einer Panzerjägerabteilung, besonders ausgezeichent.[3] Oberst Apell, commander of a Schützenbrigade, and Oberstleutnant Borowiezt, commander of a Panzerjägerabteilung, distinguished themselves on 6 and 7 April during the advance of a Panzer-Division on Skopje.


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 120.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 60.
  3. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, p. 480.
  • 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.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Gustav von Vaerst
Commander of 15. Panzer-Division
11 November 1942 – 13 May 1943
Succeeded by
Unit Surrendered

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