Greim, Ritter von, Robert

Date of birth:
June 22nd, 1892 (Bayreuth/Oberfranken, Germany)
Date of death:
May 24th, 1945 (Salzburg, Austria)
Buried on:
Austrian/German War Graves Salzburg
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

During the First World War, Robert Ritter von Greim was among other decorations, awarded with the Pour le Merite (14th October 1918) and the Bayerischer Militär-Max-Joseph-Orden (23rd October 1918). During the Second World War he was one of the leading Luftwaffe commanders. When at the end of April 1945 reached the message that he was to report to Hitler personnaly at the Führerbunker in the already besieged Berlin, he was flown there by pilot Hanna Reitsch in a daring action. Here Hitler appointed him the new Oberbefehlshaber der Lufwaffe hereby replacing the sacked Hermann Göring and promoted Hitler him to Generalfeldmarschall. On the way back from Berlin he was wounded by shell fire. He committed suicide on 24th May 1945 as American prisoner of war in a field hospital in Salzburg.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 26th November 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 10th October 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1940
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Air Vice Marshall)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, V. Fliegerkorps, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1940
Details:
76th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 22nd, 1941
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst (Air Chief Marshall)
Unit:
Befehlshaber, Luftwaffenkommando Ost, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1943
Details:
216th Award.
Luftwaffenkommando Ost was redesignated Luftflotte 6 on 6-5-1943.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst (Air Chief Marshall)
Unit:
Oberstbefehlshaber, Luftflotte 6, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 28th, 1944
Details:
92nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Genraloberst
Awarded on:
April 17th, 1945
Details:
Awarding documetn for the Flugzeugfuhrers- und beobachtersabzeichen mit brillanten to Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim, dated 17th April 1945.
Gemeinsames Flugzeugfuhrer-Beobachter Abzeichen mit Brillianten
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
April 29th, 1918
Ritter des Königlicher Preussischer Hausordens von Hohenzollern
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1918
Pour le Mérite
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1918
Ritterkreuz zum Militär-Max-Joseph-Orden
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Details:
With swords and crown
IV. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1945
Goldenes Parteiabzeichen

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