Karl Strecker

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Karl Strecker
Born 20 September 1884
Died 10 April 1973(1973-04-10) (aged 88)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held 79th Infantry Division
XVII Army Corps
XI Army Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl Strecker (20 September 1884 – 10 April 1973) was a German general in the Wehrmacht who commanded several corps. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Karl Strecker surrendered to Soviet forces at Stalingrad on 2 February 1943,[1] he was held in the Soviet Union as a war criminal until 1955. Strecker's postwar claim that he was promoted to Generaloberst on the last day of the battle is unsubstantiated.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]



  1. ^ Adam, Wilhelm; Ruhle, Otto (2015). With Paulus at Stalingrad. Translated by Tony Le Tissier. Pen and Sword Books Ltd. p. 215. ISBN 9781473833869. 
  2. ^ See Dienstaltersliste des Deutschen Heeres, 1943 and 1944 volumes, NARA T-78 R-515 & R-516.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 336.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 79. Infanterie-Division
March 1939 - 12 January 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Richard Graf von Schwerin
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Commander of XVII. Armeekorps
2 April 1942 - 12 June 1942
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Joachim von Kortzfleisch
Commander of XI. Armeekorps
1 June 1942 - 2 February 1943
Succeeded by
Unit surrendered at Stalingrad