24 September 1906|
23 December 1943
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1923–43|
|Commands held||schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Erich Löwe (24 September 1906 – 23 December 1943) was an Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Erich Löwe was killed on 23 December 1943 in Losovka, Russia. He was posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant and awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1939)
- Panzer Badge
- Eastern Front Medal (24 August 1942)
- German Cross in Gold (11 March 1943)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Thomas 1998, p. 34.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 241.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 67.
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