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Karl Franz Eibl was a German general during World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords .


Theresian Military Academy.


The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Eibel was killed on 21 January 1943 at Nowy-Georgijewskija, northwest of Stalingrad, when some Italian soldiers mistook his command vehicle for a Russian armored car and blew it up with hand grenades. Bibliography.


  • Austro-Hungarian Empire and Austrian Republic\r\nMilitary Merit Cross, 3rd Class with War Decoration\r\nMilitary Merit Medals in Silver and Bronze\r\nKarl Troop Cross\r\nWound Medal (Austria-Hungary)\r\nOrder of the Iron Crown, 3rd Class with War Decoration and Swords\r\nGerman Third Reich\r\nSudetenland Medal\r\nEastern Front Medal\r\nInfantry Assault Badge\r\nWound Badge (1939) in Black\r\nIron Cross (1939)\r\n2nd Class (23 September 1939)\r\n1st Class (5 November 1939)\r\nKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords\r\nKnight's Cross on 15 August 1940 as Oberstleutnant and commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 131\r\n50th Oak Leaves on 31 December 1941 as Oberst and commander of Infanterie-Regiment 132\r\n21st Swords on 19 December 1942 as Generalmajor and commander of 385. Infanterie-Division.