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Götz von Berlichingen (c. 1480 – 23 July 1562; unabbreviated form: Gottfried von Berlichingen) was a German knight (Deutscher Ritter), and Mercenary.
In 1504, Berlichingen and his company fought for Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria. During the siege of the city of Landshut, he lost his right arm to enemy cannon fire. He had a prosthetic iron replacement made, which is today on display at the Jagsthausen Castle. In spite of this injury, Berlichingen continued his military activities. In the subsequent years he was involved in numerous feuds, both of his own and in support of friends and employers.
Berlichingen was made famous by writer and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) who wrote a play based on his life. During World War II, the Waffen SS's 17th Panzergrenadier Division was given the name Götz von Berlichingen. The divisional symbol was an iron fist in a shield.