Schmidt, Kurt, born 09-04-1891 in Frankfurt on the river Main, joined the German Army, age 19, on 03-03-1910, as a Fahnrich and on 20-03-1911, he was promoted to Leutnant. He served in the 30th Infantry Regiment. Four years later, in 1915, he was promoted to Oberleutnant. He was also awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class and Iron Cross 1st Class of the Kingdom of Prussia. Schmidt was wounded during the First World war and for that he received the wound badge in Silver. He also received the Hanseatic Cross from the city of Hamburg. In the last months of the war he was promoted to Hauptmann, Captain. Kurt Schmidt was a member of the staff of the 5th Infantry Division in 1930, in 1931 he was promoted to Major; in 1937 he was promoted to Oberst. In 1937 the newly promoted Oberst Kurt Schmidt moved with his family to the German town of Hameln. When he moved to Hamelin he was commander of 74th Infanterie-Regiment. He took part in the invasion of Poland in September 1939. In about November 1940, he became commander of Luxembourg. Schmidt was the commander of the 702nd Infantry Division in Norway from September 1941 to September 1943. During his time in Norway he was promoted to Generalleutnant, the highest rank he would hold. The youngest Lieutenant General in WWII, with 36, was Theodor Tolsdorff, the youngest General, with 42, Walter Wenck.
Death and burial ground of Schmidt, Kurt.
Generalleutnant Kurt Schmidt died on 03-03-1945 in Aalsmeer, Netherlands whilst commanding the 526th Reserve Division, under Generalleutnant Hans Bergen Hans Bergen died age 66 on 17-02-1957 in Landshut.
Schmidt was first buried at the Nieuwe Oosterbegraafplaats in Amsterdam but later re-buried at the Ysselsteyn German war cemetery in Holland. Also buried there the personalities, General der Infanterie, Friedrich Kussin, the first killed and scalped
General during Operation Market Garden. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross on 02-03-1944. Also buried there the personalities, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 376th Infanterie Regiment, Oskar von der Hagen, Oberleutnant with 3./NJG1 Paul Gildner, Major, Kommandeur III./N.J.G. 1, Egmond Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld, Major, Kommandeur I./N.J.G. 100,