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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Wed May 25, 2022 9:47 am

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Alfred Germer in the assault on the “Ouvrage de La Ferté” in 1940.

“Oberleutnant Alfred Germer used his reinforced sapper company to assault and neutralize the enemy's Panzerwerk 505 (Armored Fortress 505) located near Villy. During this action, he set his men a fine example of energetic and fearless devotion to duty. He executed his mission with surprisingly few casualties and was the first to enter the armored redoubt."

The fortification mentioned in this article was known by the French as the “Ouvrage de La Ferté”. The aforementioned action took place on May 18, 1940.

Source: https://crainsmilitaria.com/index.php?r ... ct_id=2334
https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/480 ... on-171.htm

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Oberleutnant Alfred Germer - 1. / Pionier-Bataillon 171 1940.........................
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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Wed Jun 01, 2022 12:15 pm

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Johann Rast, April 21, 1914 (Traisen/Lower Austria, Austria) - August 31, 1944 (Biedrzyow, Poland).

Oberleutnant Rast was with his sappers (Pioniere) on April 07, 1941 attached to the northern assault group of German troops who had the task of capturing the Greek mountain fortress of "Hellas" (near Nimfea). On the night of April 10, 1941, Oberleutnant Rast and an assault team crossed the 200-meter-wide Nestos River, eliminated enemy bunkers on the opposite bank, and were once again able to clear a path for the main contingent of German infantry.

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) was awarded to him on May 14, 1941 as Kompaniechef, 2. /Gebirgs-Pionier-Bataillon 85.

Source: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/163 ... Johann.htm
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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Fri Jul 01, 2022 9:46 am

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Kurt Meyer (December 23, 1910 Jerxheim/Lower Saxony, Germany - December 23, 1961 Hagen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany).

Knight's Cross Awarded May 18, 1941 as Kommandeur, Aufklärungs-Abteilung, "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler" (motorized) for “… On April 13, 1941, SS-Sturmbannführer Meyer was ordered to reconnoitre towards Kastoria through the Klisura Pass. Here he achieved a success (on his own initiative) which was instrumental in the rapid capture of Kastoria by cutting off the route of retreat to the city for significant elements of the Greek northern wing. SS-Sturmbannführer Meyer had already played a significant role in the success of the LSSAH during the western campaign while serving as commander of a Vorausabteilung".

Source: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/136 ... fen-SS.htm
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ioan_Miha ... 8%9B%C4%83

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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:38 pm

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Peter Ulrich Frantz.

Major im Generalstab Peter Frantz (24.07.1917 † 11.03.2001) earned the Ritterkreuz on June 4, 1942 as Oberleutnant und Chef of the 16. Kompanie/ Infanterie-Regiment “Grossdeutschland” and the Eichenlaub on April 14, 1943 as Hauptmann und Kommandeur of the Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung “Grossdeutschland”. Good condition.

Knight’s Cross: “In the time period 12.-14.12.1941 Oberleutnant Frantz and his Sturmgeschütz-Kompanie played a vital role in defeating the Soviet attack against Strukowo. In total his unit destroyed 15 tanks, 1 dual-purpose anti-tank/air gun (7.62 cm) and 1 further anti-tank gun. By this action he and his Sturmgeschütze prevented the enemy from thrusting through the woods and cutting off the retreat route of German forces located both on the forest edge and further south of the Tula road.”

Oakleaves: “On the 14.03.1943 Hauptmann Frantz and his Sturmgeschütze were assigned to support the capture of Stanowoje, east of the village of Borrisowka. During the capture of the village the Abteilung destroyed 15 T-34s for the loss of 2 of their own Sturmgeschütze. However it was expected the Soviets would try to retake the village, and aerial reconnaissance reported soon afterwards that 120 tanks and 80 trucks with mounted infantry were approaching.

Hauptmann Frantz personally directed his Sturmgeschütze into position, and ordered them to hold their fire until he gave permission. Hauptmann Frantz allowed the first enemy spearhead (consisting of 18 tanks) to approach to close range before commencing his ambush. All Soviet tanks were destroyed in a blaze of guns. Hauptmann Frantz then gave his Sturmgeschütze orders to attack. Emerging from cover, they took the large Soviet tank formation in the flank and inflicted further heavy losses upon it. The Soviet attack collapsed, and at the end of the battle the Germans were able to accurately count the number of tanks they had destroyed during their enemy’s failed counterattack. This total was 43, all of which were credited to Frantz and his Sturmgeschütze.”

Source: http://www.wolfganghistorica.com/produc ... oakleaves/
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Hauptmann Peter Ulrich Frantz was a particularly distinguished officer of the Großdeutschland Division. He had been cut by a fragment from a hand-grenade, but nevertheless went on issuing orders to the assault gun unit under his command and displayed his imperturbability by smoking a cigarette."..........................
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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Sat Jul 23, 2022 11:02 am

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Günter Hoffmann-Schoenborn (* May 1, 1905 in Posen/East Prussia, Germany + April 4, 1970 in Bad Kreuznach/Rhineland-Palatinate).

Günther Hoffmann was born on May 1, 1905 in Posen. He only accepted the suffix "Schoenborn" on May 13, 1939. After leaving school, Hoffmann decided to become a professional soldier and joined the Reichswehr on April 1, 1924. At the outbreak of World War II, he led the 2 Battery of the I. Abteilung of the Artillery Regiment 42. As head of the Heavy Artillery Battalion (mot.) 777 he received both Iron Crosses in the campaign in France 1940. On October 1, 1940, Günther Hoffmann-Schoenborn was finally appointed Commander of Sturmgeschützabteilung 191, which bore the "buffalo" as its heraldic animal on its arms. With his commander, who had held the rank of major since November 20, 1940, the Sturmgeschützabteilung 191, took part in the Greek campaign in April 1941 and had his baptism of fire at the Rupel Pass.

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross awarded on May 14, 1941 as Commander of the Assault Gun Battalion 191 "Buffalo", for his support of the Gruppe Ens during the breakout of the Metaxas line. Despite heavy enemy defensive fire and difficult terrain, he managed to get his assault guns into a suitable firing position to cover the Gruppe Ens attack. This support was invaluable to the group's success, allowing it to break through the enemy line and help trigger the collapse of the enemy front.

He was later awarded the Oak Leaves on December 31, 1941 for the distinguished leadership of the Abteilung from him during the advance to the Dnieper River, the river crossing and in the subsequent battle of Encirclement of kiev.

Sources:https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/880 ... Cnther.htm
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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:56 am

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Alfred Müller (November 23, 1915 Kaltensondheim/Unterfranken - July 2, 1997 Münster/Western Phalia, Germany).

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross conferred on 20 February 1943 as Hauptmann and Chef Sturmgeschütz-Lehr-Batterie 901 for his achievements as a rear commander of the 19. Panzer-Division. In this capacity, he did an excellent job of holding off the onrushing Soviets, which in turn allowed friendly infantry to retreat. In the process, his Sturmgeschütze and escorting infantry were repeatedly surrounded, but each time they managed to escape unaided, even taking other small groups of German troops with them. On February 6, 1943, a Soviet flanking attack threatened the Division's retreat route near Toschkowka. In response, Müller mustered all available troops (messengers, clerks, cooks, etc.) and launched a counterattack along with his Sturmgeschütze which drove the enemy back. His battery destroyed 16 enemy tanks in the process.

He later received the Oak Leaves on December 15, 1943 as Kommandeur Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 191 „Büffel“ for distinguishing himself by crushing the Soviet bridgehead at Eltingen.

Sources: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/116 ... 3%BCtz.htm
Das III Reich. Sondersheft 10. Kanoniere. Die Deutsche Artillerie von 1939-1945.

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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Sat Aug 06, 2022 10:22 am

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Hugo Primozic (February 16, 1914 Backnang/Württemberg - March 18, 1996 Fulda/Hesse).

Knight's Cross as Wachtmeister and Zugführer, II. Zug, 2. Batterie, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 667.

Awarded on September 19, 1942 for destroying 45 enemy tanks during the fighting in the central sector of the Eastern Front. Of these, Primozic destroyed 24 in just one day (15.09.1942) and by doing so was able to prevent a breakout by the enemy.

He later received the Oak Leaves on January 25, 1943 for bringing his total tanks destroyed to 60. During a counterattack on 11.12.1942 he destroyed 7 tanks in one day.

Sources: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/301 ... g-Hugo.htm
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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Tue Oct 04, 2022 10:31 am

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Johann "Hans" Sandner.

Born October 15, 1921 (Osterhofen/Bavaria, Germany) - Died December 26, 1983 (Bad Reichenhall/Bavaria, Germany)

Decorated as Oberjäger and Gruppenführer 11. / Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 100, 5. Gebirgs Division. Awarded June 13, 1941

The following excerpt from the newspaper describes why Sandner received the Knight's Cross...

“Acting on his own initiative, Oberjäger Sandner was the first man from his attacking Company to clear the only possible access route to the Greek fortified complex of Kelkaja (consisting of more than 10 bunkers). This act was of decisive importance in taking this position, which in turn was the key to breaking the Metaxas Line in this area. Such success was only possible because of his great personal bravery and good judgment on the battlefield.”

Source: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/171 ... n-Hans.htm
Leutnant Johann Sandner: Vom jüngsten Ritterkreuzträger der Wehrmacht zum Stadrat von Bad Reichenhall

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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Fri Oct 07, 2022 11:27 am

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Ritterkreuzträger Johannes Geismann - June 20th, 1920 (Hattingen an der Ruhr/Westphalia, Germany) - August 15th, 1994 (Aurich/Lowersaxony, Germany).

RK awarded as Leutnant and Flugzeugführer, 1. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 77 on December 21st, 1942

For: On the 12.11.1942 Geismann sunk a passenger ship (with 20000 GRT) and a transport (with 7000 GRT) in the port of Bougie, Algeria. By this action he brought his total of sunk enemy shipping to 98000 GRT, and was awarded the Knight’s Cross in recognition of this feat.

Source: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/231 ... s-Hans.htm
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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Wed Nov 16, 2022 7:09 am

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Gottfried Donat (October 22nd, 1916 Penig/Saxony, Germany - June 24th, 1944 Bobrujsk/Mahilyow Oblast, Soviet Union).

RK awarded on April 24th, 1943 as Oberleutnant der Reserve and Chef 5. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 519, 296. Infanterie-Division.

The following wartime excerpt describes why Donat would be awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“During a counterattack north of Orel Oberleutnant der Reserve Donat captured an extended village with his Grenadier-Kompanie. After this he then seized a very important, heavily fortified hill from the enemy on his own initiative while at the head of only a few Grenadiers.”

Source: https://militariarelics.com/german/photo-albums/
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https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/290 ... tfried.htm

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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Sat Nov 19, 2022 5:35 am

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Josef "Sepp" Kult, January 20th, 1912 (Deilingen, Germany) - February 22nd, 1943 (Ausheds, Russia)

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross awarded on October 7th, 1942 as Leutnant der Reserve, Führer, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Jager-Regiment 228, 101. Jäger-Division for on August 28th, 1942, during the attack on Tuapse in the west Caucasus, a force of over 100 Soviet soldiers reached a position in the rear of the I./Jäger-Regiment 228 at the Lyssaja mountain. In response Leutnant Kult launched a counterattack against this Soviet force with only 3 squads and wiped it out in bitter close combat.

Later Kult received the Oakleaves on March 15th, 1943 as Oberleutnant der Reserve, Chef, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Jäger-Regiment 228, 101. Jäger-Division for on February 22nd and 23rd, 1943 the Bolsheviks attacked the Kuban bridgehead with strong forces and were in a position to infiltrate into the German positions at a number of locations. They were helped in this by the dense terrain that prevailed in the Caucasus foothills. However, after hard combat, the Soviets where pushed back with bloody losses. Oberleutnant Kult died a hero’s death on the first attack day while leading at the head of his Jäger.

Source: https://hu.pinterest.com/chuckalar/ww2/
https://bibliotekacyfrowa.eu/Content/83 ... 9-0001.pdf
https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/633 ... -Josef.htm

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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:18 am

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Hermann Danzer (June 25th, 1916 Vienna, Austria - June 20th, 1940 Epinal, France).

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Awarded posthumously on December 21st, 1940 as Leutnant and Zugführer 2. / Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 57 / 6. Panzer-Division.

On the June 19, 1940 the 6. Panzer-Division received the mission of capturing Fortress Epinal via a surprise attack. The first part of the attack went well and managed to capture the fortifications on the western bank of the Mosel. However the defenders in the main fortifications on the eastern bank were ready for the attackers, and of six bridges leading over the river they managed to destroy four and heavily damage another. It was thus crucial for the Division to capture the last undamaged bridge over the river.

A Pionier assault troop under the command of Leutnant Danzer was dispatched to the river, however they were unable to reach the bridge itself due to the heavy enemy fire. However Danzer observed how a party of civilians were able to cross the bridge during a pause in the fighting without being fired on by either side. This gave him an idea. He put on a work coat and a hat, commandeered a driverless delivery truck and drove towards the bridge under this guise. He then jumped out of the truck and swiftly began to cut the demolition wires and throw the explosives into the river. The French eventually noticed these activities and began shooting him. A round hit Danzer in the neck, however he continued his work and continued to toss aside one mine after another.

After clearing every mine in site Danzer rushed over the bridge back to the German lines. However at the end of the bridge he was struck by another round and collapsed. A Pionier and motorcycle messenger rushed to him and brought him out of enemy firing range. Danzer would be recommended for the Knight’s Cross on the same day for this brave and decisive action, however he would not live to receive the award as he succumbed to his injuries on the next day.

Source: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/289 ... ermann.htm
https://www.akpool.de/ansichtskarten/25 ... mann-ii-wk

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Re: Favourite Knights Cross Action

Post by tigre » Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:13 am

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Hermann Dahlke (February 17, 1917 Greifswald/Pommern, Germany - July 5, 1943 near Rakowo/Bjelgorod, Ukraine).

Knight's Cross awarded on March 3, 1943 as SS-Oberscharführer der Reserve and Führer 3./SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1 LSSAH / 1. SS-Division.

The recommendation reads as follows…the 3. Kompanie, to which SS-Oberscharführer Dahlke belonged, was echeloned to the right and rear and had the mission of covering the open right flank of the attacking Bataillon. To accomplish this mission 3. Kompanie attacked the entrenched enemy on Hill 197.7 after overcoming their first attack objective (Hill 163).

Dahlke and his Zug fanned out to the left and in front of this attack. Thanks to Dahlke's energy and inspiring example, his men were able to break into the enemy position with a spirited attack and succeed in driving off the company-sized enemy force. In the further course of the attack a number of major obstacles were encountered. The result was that there was an unforeseen delay as heavy weapons and artillery observers approached. And this in turn temporarily put the Kompanien rifle in a very bad situation.

The 3. Kompanie was particularly hard hit, with its commander and only one other officer becoming casualties. Dahlke assumed command of the unit on his own initiative. Disregarding the danger to his life created by heavy enemy fire, he rallied his Kompanie to defend himself and repulsed the enemy counterattack.

Source: https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/289 ... ermann.htm
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