Heinz Wittchow von Brese-Winiary
|Heinz Wittchow von Brese-Winiary|
13 January 1914|
3 December 1995
Freiburg im Breisgau
|Years of service||1934–45|
|Commands held||Panzer-Füsilier-Regiments "Großdeutschland"|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Heinz Wittchow von Brese-Winiary (13 January 1914 – 3 December 1995) was a highly decorated Oberst 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. Heinz Wittchow von Brese-Winiary was captured by Soviet troops in February 1945 and was held until 1953.
Awards and decorations
Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- in Black
- in Silver
- in Gold
- Eastern Front Medal
- Infantry Assault Badge
Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze
- German Cross in Gold (24 November 1941)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 364.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 69.
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- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.
- Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945