Gerhard ("Gerd") Helmuth Detloff Graf von Schwerin (1899-1980) was a German general in charge of the formidable 116th Panzer Division during the Battle of Aachen in October 1944. He attempted to surrender the city to the Americans but failed. He was arrested for treason but was sent to fight in Italy. After the war and a brief incarceration, he served as the chief rearmament officer in the West German government and as a senior advisor on military policy until his death in 1980.
Knights Cross winner SS-Hauptsturmführer Ludwig Kepplinger was killed in the town of Villiers-Charlemagne which was under artillery fire. The car he was traveling in was ambushed by partisans with Kepplinger being killed instantly by a shot to the temple.