31 December 1900|
5 November 1971
German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||
|Commands held||75. Infanterie-Division|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Lothar Berger (31 December 1900 – 5 November 1971) was a highly decorated Generalmajor 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. Lothar Berger was initially captured by Soviet troops in May 1945, but was transferred to British custody and was released in 1946.
Awards and decorations
Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class (28 July 1918)
- 1st Class (24 September 1920)
Wound Badge (1914)
- in Black
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (1 January 1935)
Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (30 September 1939)
- 1st Class (2 October 1939)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Thomas 1997, p. 41.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 110.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 83.
- 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 (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- World War 2 Awards.com
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
- Lothar Berger @ Axis Biographical Research at the Wayback Machine (archived October 28, 2009)
Generalmajor Karl Arning
Commander of 75. Infanterie-Division
6 April 1945 – May 1945
Oberst Gerhard Matthaiss