Riedel, Gerd

Date of birth:
October 2nd, 1906 (Gollantsch/Wongrowitz/Posen)
Date of death:
October 1st, 1997
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst im Generalstab
Unit:
Führer Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7
Awarded on:
May 8th, 1945
Action:
Gerd Riedel was a staff officer and given command of Fallschirmjäger Regt. 7 after the paratroopers were pressed into infantry duties. Riedel won his Knight’s Cross during the fighting in the Ruhr Pocket after the retreat from the Ardennes Offensive. He was captured before he could be awarded his Knight’s Cross and as a result, there are no photos of him actually wearing the award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Russ Nummer
  • Photo: Russ Nummer
  • - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9

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