Willi Thulke

Willi Thulke

Willi Thulke
Born (1916-09-22)22 September 1916
Died 4 September 1998(1998-09-04) (aged 81)
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1938–45
Rank Oberstleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Oberstleutnant (Bundeswehr)

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Willi Thulke (22 September 1916 – 4 September 1998) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II and an Oberstleutnant in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient 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.

Awards and decorations

While attending a regimental leadership training course his commanding officers had nominated Thulke for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords in December 1943 for his exceptional combat successes. This request was denied in February 1945.[3]


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 343.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 68.
  3. ^ Berger 1999, p. 395.

External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht