Walter Neitzel

Walter Neitzel

Walter Neitzel
Born (1913-05-09)9 May 1913
Died 2 September 1944(1944-09-02) (aged 31)
Kaikasi, Latvia
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service ?–1944
Rank Oberstleutnant (Posthumously)
Commands held I./Grenadier-Regiment 409

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Walter Neitzel (9 May 1913 – 2 September 1944) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant 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. Walter Neitzel died on 2 September 1944 in Kaikasi, Latvia. He was posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant and on 5 September 1944 was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ a b c Thomas 1998, p. 115.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 263.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 74.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht