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Eugen König


Eugen König

Eugen König
Born (1896-09-19)19 September 1896
Died 8 April 1985(1985-04-08) (aged 88)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1920)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1915–20
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 91. Luftlande-Infanterie-Division
272. Volksgrenadier-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Eugen König (19 September 1896 – 8 April 1985) was a Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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. Eugen König was captured by British forces twice during his lifetime, the first time was in September 1918 and the second was in April 1945.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 386.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 218.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 64.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • specialcamp 11
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Bernhard Klosterkemper
Commander of 91. Luftlande-Infanterie-Division
10 June 1944 - 10 August 1944
Succeeded by
Renamed 344. Infanterie-Division
Preceded by
Oberst Georg Koßmala
Commander of 272. Volksgrenadier-Division
13 December 1944 - 14 April 1945
Succeeded by
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