Karl-Adolf Hollidt was born on 28 April 1891 in Speyer, Bavaria, German Empire. He joined the Imperial German Army in 1909, and he served on the western front against France and the United Kingdom during World War I. In 1935, he entered the staff of a Wehrmacht army corps after a career in the Reichswehr, and he took command of the 52nd Infantry Division at the start of World War II. In October 1940, he led the 50th Division, commanding the division during the invasion of Greece. Later, he would become the commander of the XVII Army Corps, and he became the commander of the reconstituted German Sixth Army in March 1943, merely a month after the original army had surrendered at the Battle of Stalingrad. In 1944, the Sixth Army suffered heavy losses during the Dnieper-Carpathian Offensive at the hands of the Soviet Red Army, and he was relieved of command and forced into the reserves as a result. From 1945 to December 1949, he was imprisoned for the deportation and enslavement of civilians, and he died in Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany in 1985.