Gerhard von Kamptz

Gerhard von Kamptz

Gerhard von Kamptz
Born (1902-12-27)27 December 1902
Koppaschütz, district of Schroda/Posen
Died 16 May 1998(1998-05-16) (aged 95)
Allegiance Weimar Republic
Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
Years of service 1923–1945
Rank Kapitän zur See
Unit SSS Niobe
Commands held 2. Räumbootflottille
8. Räumbootflottille
4. Geleitflottille
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Kurt Gerhard von Kamptz ( 27 December 1902 – 16 May 1998) was a Kapitän zur See with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and recipient of the coveted 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.

Gerhard von Kamptz was made commander of the Danish island Bornholm on 5 March 1945. Von Kamptz refused to surrender the island to the Soviet forces, having been ordered to surrender to the Western Allies instead. He was taken prisoner of war by the Soviets and released on 1 January 1954.



  1. ^ a b c d e Dörr 1995, p. 304.
  2. ^ a b Dörr 1995, p. 305.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 431.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht