A Luftwaffe General Kurt L. Pflugbeil Signed Photograph
A Luftwaffe General Kurt L. Pflugbeil Signed Photograph - Black and white, matte finish, signature in black ink, illustrating Pflugbeil in uniform wearing his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross around his neck (before he received the Oak Leaves), a multi-ribbon Ribbon Bar on his left breast, with the Iron Cross 1st Class 1914 surmounted by the Clasp to the Iron Cross 1st Class 1939, along with the Imperial and Third Reich Observer Badges, and the Romanian Observer Badge below the Ribbon Bar, 62 mm x 88 mm, period "Agfa Brovira" processing stamp on the reverse, extremely fine. Footnote: Kurt Leopold Pflugbeil was born on May 9, 1890 in Koenigstein, Germany. He was a highly decorated Luftwaffe General (General der Flieger) in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on October 5, 1941, as a Lieutenant General, commanding General IV.Fliegerkorps (Generalleutnant, Kommandierender General IV.Fliegerkorps) and awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (No. 562.) on August 27, 1944, as Luftwaffe General, commanding Air Force 1 (General der Flieger, Oberbefehlshaber Luftflotte 1). Pflugbeil saw notable action on the Eastern Front, where he managed VI Fliegerkorps during the Second Battle of Kharkov, the Battle of Stalingrad and the Siege of Sevastopol. Kurt Pflugbeil was captured by Soviet troops in the Courland Pocket in 1945. In 1950, he was sentenced to twenty-five years hard labour, but was released early in 1954 due to ill health. He died on May 31, 1955 in Weende (Göttingen), at the age of 64.