|Born||15 October 1920|
|Years of service||1939-1945 & 1956-1978|
|Battles/wars||World War II (1941-1945)|
Karl Leiberich (1920 – 2012) was a German soldier who served as a forward observer and battery commander on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. He was also an instructor at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.
Career[edit | edit source]
Born in Weikersheim, South Germany, he was educated in Schwäbisch Gmünd where he graduated from the Hindenberg Gymnasium. In 1939 he joined the former Wehrmacht as a "Fahnenjunker" of a Heavy Artillery Battalion. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1941, LTC Leiberich served as a forward observer and battery commander on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945. After surviving as one of the few German soldiers, he worked in banking and established a travel agency. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr as a captain in Headquarters, 2d (German) Corps at Ulm/Donau. He was assigned in 1963 to NATO HQ AFCENT (Allied Forces Central Europe), Fountainbleau, France and for the next seven years served in a various staff and command positions. In 1970 he was assigned to NATO HQ CENTAG (Central Army Group) Mannheim-Seckenheim, as 3d (German) Corps Liaison Staff Officer. He completed the Commanders Course at the Military School for Leadership and Civic Education in Koblenz. In August 1974 he was asked to serve as an instructor of German Liaison Officer in the Department of Foreign Languages at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- Legion of Merit
- Iron Cross
- The Ostmedaille/Eastern Front Medal (Engagement in the Winter Battle of Russia: 1941-42)
- The French Honor Grade
- The Crown of Nijmegen (Netherlands honor)
References[edit | edit source]
Karl Leiberich West Point Sketch Biography (1978)
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