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Kurt Student
  • Name: Kurt Student
  • Born: 05/12/1890
  • Died: 07/01/1978 (88 years old)

Kurt Arthur Benno Student (12 May 1890 – 1 July 1978) was a German general in the Luftwaffe during World War II. An early pioneer of airborne forces, Student was in overall command of developing a paratrooper force to be known as the Fallschirmjäger, and as the most senior member of the Fallschirmjäger, commanded it throughout the war. Student led the first major airborne attack in history, the Battle for The Hague in May 1940. He also commanded the Fallschirmjägers in its last major airborne operation, the invasion of Crete in May 1941. The operation was a success despite German losses, and led the Allies to hasten the training and development of their own airborne units.

Awards: Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Birth Place: Birkholz, German Empire

Death Place: Lemgo, West Germany

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