Willy Riedel

Willy Riedel

Willy Riedel
Born 10 November 1909
Liegnitz, Silesia
Died Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. (aged 72)
Potsdam, German Democratic Republic
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 East Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1937–45
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Kasernierten Volks-Polizei)
Commands held III./Infanterie-Regiment 524
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Willy Riedel (10 November 1909 – 10 February 1982) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. 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. He was severely wounded in early 1943 by a grenade splinter and taken prisoner of war by the Soviet Army.

After World War II he joined the military service of east Germany in the Kasernierte Volkspolizei (Barracked People's Police), the military units of the Volkspolizei (police) in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Riedel commanded the 6. motorisierte Schützendivision of the Nationale Volksarmee (National People's Army) from 30 October 1956 to 31 December 1957.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ According to Scherzer on 8 December 1942.[4]


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 208.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 378.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 358.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 629.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 65.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht