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Karl Strecker

Karl Strecker
Born 20 September 1884
Radmannsdorf, West Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (now Trzebiełuch, Poland)
Died 10 April 1973(1973-04-10) (aged 88)
Riezlern, Austria
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1905–1920
Rank Generaloberst
Commands held 79. Infanterie-Division
XVII. Armeekorps
XI. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

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

Karl Strecker (20 September 1884 – 10 April 1973) was a highly decorated Generaloberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several corps.

Born the son of a Prussian officer in Radmannsdorf, West Prussia (present-day Trzebiełuch, Poland), Strecker in 1905 joined the infantry regiment No. 152 of the German Army at Marienburg in the rank of a Leutnant, promoted to Hauptmann (captain) in World War I.

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. Karl Strecker was captured by Soviet troops at Stalingrad in February 1943. He was held in captivity until 1955.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 336.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.  
  • 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.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 79. Infanterie-Division
March 1939 - 12 January 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Richard Graf von Schwerin
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Commander of XVII. Armeekorps
2 April 1942 - 12 June 1942
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Joachim von Kortzfleisch
Commander of XI. Armeekorps
1 June 1942 - 2 February 1943
Succeeded by
Unit surrendered at Stalingrad
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