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Winrich Behr
Born (1918-01-22)22 January 1918
Died April 25, 2011(2011-04-25) (aged 93)
Place of birth Berlin
Place of death Hubbelrath
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1935–1945)
Rank Major
Unit 3./AufklAbt 3
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Relations Nicolaus von Below (brother in law)

Winrich Behr (22 January 1918 – 25 April 2011[1]) was a Panzer Captain and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross who was on the intelligence staff of the Sixth Army during the Stalingrad encirclement.

In January 1943 he was sent by Paulus to try to convince Hitler of the hopelessness of winning the war on the Eastern Front; this mission did not succeed.[2]


  • "Jodl was someone who acted against better knowledge and conscience and did what Hitler told him."[3]
  • "On the 19 November we had 80 operational tanks. The Russians attacked with 1,200 new T-34 tanks."[4]



  1. See obituary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung
  2. Stalingrad by Antony Beevor p. 343
  3. ZDF Zeitgeschichte, Alfred Jodl
  4. ZDF Zeitgeschichte, Stalingrad
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 127.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). 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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