Josef Prentl

Josef Prentl

Josef "Sepp" Prentl
Nickname(s) "Sepp"
Born 14 October 1916
Died 16 July 1996(1996-07-16) (aged 79)
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (1936-45)
Bundeswehr (1956-74)
Years of service 1936–45
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Commands held Flak-Regiment 116

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Politician

Josef "Sepp" Quirin Prentl (14 October 1916 – 16 July 1996) was a highly decorated Major 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. Josef Prentl joined the post-war Bundeswehr in 1956, retiring in 1974 as an Oberst. From 1974 to 1978 he served in the Bavarian parliament as a member of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria party.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ The sequential numbers greater than 843 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves are unofficial and were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and are therefore denoted in parentheses.[4]


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 169.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 280.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 85.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 102–111.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2