Joseph von Radowitz (general)

Joseph von Radowitz (general)

Joseph von Radowitz
Born (1899-07-29)29 July 1899
Frankfurt am Main
Died 1 June 1956(1956-06-01) (aged 56)
Bad Wiessee
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1917–19, 1924–45, 1955–56
Rank Generalleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Generalmajor (Bundeswehr)
Commands held 23. Panzer-Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Joseph Maria Hermann Ernst Peter Hans von Radowitz (29 July 1899 – 31 May 1956) was a Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II and Generalmajor of the Bundeswehr. He was also the last recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ Joseph von Radowitz's nomination for the Oak Leaves was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) from the troop on 30 April 1945 and approved by all intermittent commanding officers. Major Joachim Domaschk ruled that the nomination was insufficient and disapproved on 1 May and recommended "Decision by Chief of OKW". The file contains no indication whether this decision was ever taken. A teleprinter message was sent on 2 May to the nominating unit, the cavalry corps, and further messages to the commanding officers of the Panzer AOK 2 and Heeresgruppe Süd: "...was disapproved because ... the Führer criteria for the presentation guidelines have not been met. I.A. signed Maisel" The sequential number "882" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR), the presentation date by Fellgiebel.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Thomas 1998, p. 177.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 364.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 104
  4. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 164.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.  
  • 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.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Ewald Kräber
Commander of 23. Panzer-Division
9 June 1944 1944 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
Unit disbanded