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oberscharfuhrer hans hirning

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:17 am
by karlo
howdy..i am seeking information regarding one hans hirning...i believe he was a knights cross winner and also won a tank destruction badge...

1. did he receive a german cross in gold?
2. was he a member of an assault gun crew?
3. what other awards did he receice?

many thanks......karlo

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:52 am
by Doktor Krollspell
Hello Karlo!

SS-Oberscharführer Hans Hirning won the Knight's Cross on October 23, 1942, as a SS-Rottenführer in the 6./SS-Totenkopf-Infanterie-Rgt. 1 of the SS-Totenkopf-Division. Hans Hirning was killed in action on April 30, 1945 near Dürnholz, Czeckoslovakia.

As far as I know, Hirning was not a member of an assault gun crew. He won his Knight's Cross for destroying a russian anti-tank gun with a demolition charge as the russians threatened the german lines. So a local russian breakthrough was prevented.

Source: "Their Honor was Loyalty - An Illustrated and Documentary History of the Knight's Cross holders of the Waffen-SS and the Police" by Jost W. Schneider (1993).

According to the book by Schneider, and also supported by Karl Ullrich's "Wie ein Fels im Meer - Kriegsgeschichte der 3. SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf"", Hans Hirning did not recieve the German Cross in Gold.



Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 11:43 am
by Doktor Krollspell
Here's a picture on Hans Hirning when he recieved the Knight's Cross on October 23, 1942...

Source: ... rd=hirning

According to Hans Hirning was just 19 years old when he recieved his highest award. As you can see, the picture confirms that he also had one Tank Destruction Badge. Apparently, he was in a mortar (Granatenwerfer) unit in the 6./SS-Totenkopf-Infanterie-Rgt. 1.



many thanks

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:18 am
by karlo
thank you for your reply re: hans helped alot...i am seeking the names of people who won a tank destruction badge with the rank of oberscharfurhrer and who also had a german cross in gold, and who were members of an assault gun crew....can anybody help...kind regards,,,karlo

Re: oberscharfuhrer hans hirning

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:39 pm
by tigre
Hello to all :D; just a complement..................................

SS-Unterscharführer Hirning.

Reconnoitering the area is Knight's Cross bearer SS-Unterscharfuhrer Hirning, known for his experience in over 150 patrol actions, which he carried out in the Eastern Front.............................

Source: ... 4-cumplday

Cheers. Raúl M 8).