25 December 1910
17 December 1944
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1928–44|
|Commands held||I./Füsilier-Regiment 27|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Claus Breger (25 December 1910 – 17 December 1944) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Claus Breger was wounded on 16 December 1944 and died the next day in Aachen, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 14 January 1945 and was also promoted Major.
Awards and decorations
Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (31 October 1939)
- 1st Class (27 May 1940)
- Infantry Assault Badge (1 July 1940)
- Demyansk Shield
- Eastern Front Medal (29 July 1942)
- German Cross in Gold on 16 February 1942 as Stabsfeldwebel in the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 27
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Knight's Cross on 4 September 1942 as Stabsfeldwebel and platoon leader in 1./Infanterie-Regiment 27
- 700th Oak Leaves on 14 January 1945 as Hauptmann and commander of I./Füsilier-Regiment 27
- Thomas 1997, p. 76.
- Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 58.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 122.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 79.
- Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.
- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
- World War 2 Awards.com