2 June 1907|
27 October 1969
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany (to 1945)
|Years of service||
|Commands held||Panzer Division "Kurmark"|
|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.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1939)
Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black
- Eastern Front Medal
- in Silver
- Level II (25)
- Level III (50)
- Level IV (75) (30 April 1945)
- Order of Michael the Brave 3rd Class (30 May 1944)
- German Cross in Gold (1 July 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Order of St. John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg)
- Thomas 1998, p. 10.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 233.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 65.
- Erlau, Peter (1964). Flucht aus der weissen Hoelle, Kulturhistorischer Verlag Dr. Riegler, Stuttgart.
- Kurowski, Franz (2010). Panzer Aces III:German Tank Commanders in Combat in WWII. Mechanicsburg, PA USA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-0654-4
- 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 (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- World War 2 Awards.com
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ritterkreuzraeger 1939-1945
Formed from Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Ersatz Brigade
Commander of Panzer Division Kurmark
31 January 1945 – 5 May 1945