Willy Langkeit

Willy Langkeit

Willy Langkeit
Born (1907-06-02)2 June 1907
Died 27 October 1969(1969-10-27) (aged 62)
Bad Bramstedt
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1924–45
Rank Generalmajor (Wehrmacht)
Brigadegeneral (Bundesgrenzschutz)
Commands held Panzer Division "Kurmark"

World War II

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

Willy Langkeit (2 June 1907 – 27 October 1969) was an 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. Willy Langkeit was taken prisoner by American troops in May 1945 and transferred to British custody later that month. He was held until 1947 and later joined the Bundesgrenzschutz (Federal Border Guards) in 1951, retiring in 1967.

Willy Langkeit, 2nd from left

Awards and decorations

See also


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 10.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 233.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 65.

External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuzraeger 1939-1945
Military offices
Preceded by
Formed from Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Ersatz Brigade
Commander of Panzer Division Kurmark
31 January 1945 – 5 May 1945
Succeeded by