Fritz Klasing

Fritz Klasing

Fritz Klasing
Born (1891-12-23)23 December 1891
Died 29 April 1966(1966-04-29) (aged 74)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1913–20, 1935–45
Rank Oberst of the Reserves
Unit 102. Infanterie-Division
Commands held 58. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Fritz Klasing (23 December 1891 – 29 April 1966) was a highly decorated Oberst of the Reserves in the Wehrmacht during World War II who briefly led the 58th Infantry Division. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) during World War II. 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.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
24 January 1944 In den schweren Abwehrkämpfen der letzten Tage haben sich unter Führung des Oberstleutnants Klasing das Grenadierregiment 446 mit dem unterstellten Sicherungsbataillonen 738 und 793 und das II. Bataillon des Grenadierregiments 464 unter Führung des Hauptmanns Emmerling besonders bewährt.[6] In the heavy defensive battles of the last days, have the under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Klasing Grenadier Regiment 446 with the subordinated security battalions 738 and 793 and the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Regiment 464 under the leadership of Captain Emmerling, particularly proven themselves.



  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 369.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 230.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 444.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 257.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 97.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 16.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Curt Siewert
Commander of 58. Infanterie-Division
13 April 1945 – May 1945
Succeeded by