- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst im Generalstab
- Führer Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7
- Awarded on:
- May 8th, 1945
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.