Lothar Berger

Lothar Berger

Lothar Berger
Born (1900-12-31)31 December 1900
Died 5 November 1971(1971-11-05) (aged 70)
Bad Schwartau
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1918–20
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 75. Infanterie-Division

World War II

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


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 41.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 110.
  3. ^ 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.  

External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
  • Lothar Berger @ Axis Biographical Research at the Wayback Machine (archived October 28, 2009)
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Karl Arning
Commander of 75. Infanterie-Division
6 April 1945 – May 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst Gerhard Matthaiss