Mortimer von Kessel

Mortimer von Kessel

Mortimer von Kessel
Born (1893-05-25)25 May 1893
Arnswalde, German Empire
(today Poland)
Died 8 January 1981(1981-01-08) (aged 87)
Goslar, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 20th Panzer Division
Head of the Army Personnel Department
VII Panzer Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Mortimer von Kessel (25 May 1893 – 8 January 1981) was a Panzer General in the German army during the Second World War.

He joined the Imperial German Army as an officer cadet in 1914 and was commissioned as a leutnant in the 12th Hussar Regiment on 22 March 1915 and was awarded the Iron Cross first and second class in the First World War. He was then retained in the Reichswehr in which he reached the rank of Oberstleutnant by 1937.

He led a reconnaissance regiment during the Invasion of Poland in 1939 and was promoted to Oberst in October that year and appointed as the head of the Army Personnel Department the following month and remained in this post until January 1943, having been promoted to Generalmajor in 1942. When he was moved to the leadership reserve until 8 May 1943 when he was appointed as the commander of the 20th Panzer Division.

On 1 December 1943, he was promoted to Generalleutnant, and for his defence of the Vitebsk region on the Eastern Front he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Then for his actions during the Soviet Summer Offensive of 1944 he was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. In December 1944, he was appointed commander of the VII Panzer Corps in East Prussia. On 1 March 1945, he was promoted to General der Panzertruppe and continued to command the panzer corps until he was captured.



  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 254.
  • 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

  • Mortimer von Kessel at Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Mortimer von Kessel at Axis Biographical Research
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz
Commander of 20th Panzer Division
12 May 1943 – 1 January 1944
Succeeded by
Oberst Werner Marcks
Preceded by
Oberst Werner Marcks
Commander of 20th Panzer Division
2 February 1944 – 5 November 1944
Succeeded by
Oberst Hermann von Oppeln-Bronikowski