Richard Schimpf

Dipl.-Ing. Richard Schimpf
Born (1897-05-16)16 May 1897
Died 30 December 1972(1972-12-30) (aged 75)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1915 - 1918)
Reichswehr (1918–1933)
Heer (1933-1935)
Luftwaffe (1935–1945)
Luftwaffe (1957–1962)
Years of service 1915–1929
Rank Generalleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Generalmajor (Bundeswehr)
Commands held 21. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
3. Fallschirmjäger Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Dipl.-Ing. Richard Schimpf[Notes 1] (16 May 1897 – 30 December 1972) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Fallschirmjäger during World War II and a Generalmajor in the Bundeswehr. 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. Richard Schimpf was captured by American troops in March 1945, he was transferred to British custody until December 1947. He joined the post war Luftwaffe in 1957 and retired in 1962 as a Generalmajor.

Awards and decorations




External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Richard Schimpf @ Axis Biographical Research
  • specialcamp 11
Military offices
Preceded by
Formed from Luftwaffen-Division Meindl
Commander of 21. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
December 1942 – 24 October 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf-Eduard Licht
Preceded by
Generalmajor Walter Barenthin
Commander of 3. Fallschirmjäger Division
17 February 1944 – 20 August 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Walter Wadehn
Preceded by
Generalmajor Walter Wadehn
Commander of 3. Fallschirmjäger Division
6 January 1945 – 1 March 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst Helmut von Hoffmann

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