Karl-Adolf Hollidt

Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Born 25 April 1891
Speyer, German Empire
Died 22 May 1985 (1985-05-23) (aged 94)
Siegen, West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1909–1945
Rank Generaloberst
Commands held 6th Army
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Karl-Adolf Hollidt (28 April 1891 – 22 May 1985) was a German army commander and war criminal during World War II. He was a general (Generaloberst) in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany who commanded the 6th Army.


Hollidt enlisted in the German army in 1909. During World War I, Hollidt served on the Western Front and was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Class. He remained in the Reichswehr (the armed forces of the Weimar Republic). Since 1935, he served in the General Staff and as a chief-of-staff of an army corps in the Wehrmacht.

At the beginning of World War II, Hollidt served as commander of the 52nd Infantry Division. From 1 November 1939, he served as a Chief-of-Staff with Commander-in-Chief Ost, General Johannes Blaskowitz. From October 1940 he served as the commander of the 50th Infantry Division in Greece. Promoted to the rank of general, Hollidt commanded XVII Army Corps, which was planned to take part in Operation Winter Storm, an attempt to relieve the 6th Army encircled at Stalingrad. After the surrender of the 6th Army, it was reconstituted in March 1943 and Hollidt was given its command. He was promoted to Colonel General on 1 September 1943. In 1944, his 6th Army suffered severe losses during its retreat from the Dnieper. Hollidt was dismissed from his command and put into reserve.

Trial and conviction

In 1945, Hollidt was taken prisoner by US forces. After a trial held at Nuremberg, he was convicted of the unlawful use of prisoners of war and of the deportation and enslavement of civilians. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment, and was released on good time credit in December 1949.[1] He died in 1985.




  1. Hebert 2010, p. 219.
  2. 1 2 Thomas 1997, p. 299.
  3. 1 2 Fellgiebel 2000, p. 193.
  4. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 532.


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