Olbricht, Friedrich

    Date of birth:
    October 4th, 1888 (Leisnig/Saxony, Germany)
    Date of death:
    July 21st, 1944 (Berlin-Bendlerblock/Brandenburg, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Friedrich Olbrecht was executed by order of Generaloberst Friedrich Fromm in the night of 20th and 21st July 1944, together with Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, Werner von Haeften and Claus von Stauffenberg, for their part in the attempt to kill Adolf Hitler and commit a coup d'Etat. It is not certain if the execution took place before or after midnight.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Generalleutnant
    Unit:
    Kommandeur 24.Infanterie-Division
    Awarded on:
    October 27th, 1939
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    General der Infanterie
    Unit:
    Chef HWA, Oberkommando des Heeres
    Awarded on:
    August 1st, 1943
    Deutsches Kreuz in Silber

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Bundesarchiv
    • Photo: Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive), Bild 146-1981-072-61
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - 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
      - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X