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Werner von Erdmannsdorff

Werner von Erdmannsdorff

German General and Knight's Cross recipient
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German General and Knight's Cross recipient
Countries Germany
Occupations Officer
Gender male
Birth 26 July 1891 (Bautzen)
Death 5 June 1945 (Ljubljana)
Werner von Erdmannsdorff
The details

Heinrich Werner Bernhard von Erdmannsdorff (27 July 1891 – 5 June 1945) 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. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Werner von Erdmannsdorff was captured by British troops in May 1945. He was then extradited to Yugoslavia and was shot on 5 June 1945 in Ljubljana alongside General der Panzertruppe Gustav Fehn, Generalleutnant Friedrich Stephan and Generalmajor Heinz Kattner. He was the older brother of Generalmajor Gottfried von Erdmannsdorff.

Awards and decorations

  • Iron Cross (1914)
    • 2nd Class (10 September 1914)
    • 1st Class (30 March 1918)
  • Wound Badge (1914)
    • in Black
    • in Silver (21 July 1918)
  • Knight's Cross of the Military Order of St. Henry (6 September 1917)
  • Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (23 February 1935)
  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award (2 October 1936)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (22 September 1939)
    • 1st Class (2 October 1939)
  • Eastern Front Medal (27 July 1942)
  • German Cross in Gold (16 November 1941)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 8 March 1942 as Oberst and commander of Infanterie-Regiment 30 (mot.)
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 147.

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