Herbert Wittmann

Herbert Wittmann

Herbert Wittmann
Born 3 January 1914
Died 26 July 2007(2007-07-26) (aged 93)
Allegiance Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer (1933-1935)
Years of service 1933–45
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Unit Condor Legion
Kampfgeschwader 53
Commands held II./Kampfgeschwader 53

Spanish Civil War
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Herbert Wittmann (3 January 1914, Döllnitz – 26 July 2007) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Luftwaffe 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. Herbert Wittmann joined the post-war Deutsche Luftwaffe in 1956, retiring in 1972.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 364.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 80.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945