List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves recipients (1943)

List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves recipients (1943)

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Third Reich during World War II. This military decoration was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme gallantry. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) was introduced on 3 June 1940 to further distinguish those who had already received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and who continued to show merit in combat bravery or military success. A total of 7 awards were made in 1940; 50 in 1941; 111 in 1942; 192 in 1943; 328 in 1944, and 194 in 1945, giving a total of 882 recipients—excluding the 8 foreign recipients of the award.

The number of 882 Oak Leaves recipients is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[1] However author and historian Veit Scherzer has challenged the validity of 27 of these listings.[2] With the exception of Hermann Fegelein, all of the disputed recipients had received the award in 1945, when the deteriorating situation of the Third Reich during the final days of World War II left a number of nominations incomplete and pending in various stages of the approval process. Hermann Fegelein received the Oak Leaves in 1942, but was sentenced to death by Adolf Hitler and executed by SS-Gruppenführer Johann Rattenhuber's Reichssicherheitsdienst (RSD) on 28 April 1945 after a court-martial led by SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS Wilhelm Mohnke. The sentence was carried out the same day. The death sentence, according to German law, resulted in the loss of all orders and honorary signs.[3]

Background

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades were based on four separate enactments. The first enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 1573 of 1 September 1939 instituted the Iron Cross (Eisernes Kreuz) and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.[4] As the war progressed, some of the recipients distinguished themselves further and a higher grade, the Oak Leaves to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, was instituted. The Oak Leaves, as they were commonly referred to, were based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940.[5] In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross were instituted. The enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 introduced the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern) and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten).[6] At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten), based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11 of 29 December 1944, concluded the variants of the Knight's Cross.[7]

Recipients of 1943

The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW—Supreme Command of the Armed Forces) kept separate Knight's Cross lists, one for each of the three military branches, Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air force) and for the Waffen-SS. Within each of these lists a unique sequential number was assigned to each recipient. The same numbering paradigm was applied to the higher grades of the Knight's Cross, one list per grade.[8] The sequential numbers greater than 143 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords are unofficial and were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and are therefore denoted in parentheses.[9] The recipients are ordered chronologically and numbered by the official sequential number assigned by the OKW. The rank listed is the recipient's rank at the time the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves was awarded.

      This along with the * (asterisk) indicates that the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves was awarded posthumously.
      This along with the ? (question mark) indicates that historian Veit Scherzer has expressed doubt regarding the veracity or formal correctness of the listing.

Number Name Service Rank Role and unit[Note 1] Date of award Notes Image
169 Stahel, ReinerReiner Stahel Luftwaffe 17-LOberst[10] Commander of Luftwaffe-Kampfgruppe "Stahel"[10][11] 4 January 1943[10] Awarded 79th Swords 18 July 1944[10]
170 Feßmann, FritzFritz Feßmann Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[12] Chief of the 1./Kradschützen-Bataillon 64[11][12] 4 January 1943[12] Awarded 103rd Swords 23 October 1944[12]
171 Guggenberger, FriedrichFriedrich Guggenberger Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[13] Commander of U-81[13][14] 8 January 1943[13]
172 Frank, HeinzHeinz Frank Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[15] Staffelkapitän of the 3./Schlachtgeschwader 1[14][15] 8 January 1943[15]
173 Kupfer, Dr. jur. ErnstDr. jur. Ernst Kupfer Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[16] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[14][16] 8 January 1943[16] Awarded 62nd Swords 11 April 1944[16]
174 Dilley, BrunoBruno Dilley Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[17] Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[14][17] 8 January 1943[17]
175 Barkhorn, GerhardGerhard Barkhorn Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[18] Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52[14][18] 11 January 1943[18] Awarded 52nd Swords 2 March 1944[18]
176 Wietersheim, Wend vonWend von Wietersheim Heer 17-HOberst[19] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 113[14][19] 12 January 1943[19] Awarded 58th Swords 26 March 1944[19]
177 Mohr, JohannJohann Mohr Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[20] Commander of U-124[14][20] 13 January 1943[20]
178 Paulus, FriedrichFriedrich Paulus Heer 21-HGeneraloberst[21] Commander-in-chief of the 6. Armee[14][21] 15 January 1943[21]
179 Willig, KarlKarl Willig Heer 15-HMajor[22] Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 120 (motorized)[14][22] 18 January 1943[22]
180 Goebel, GünterGünter Goebel Heer 14-HHauptmann[23] Leader of a Kampfgruppe with the AOK 6[14][23] 18 January 1943[23]
181 Kluge, Günther vonGünther von Kluge Heer 22-HGeneralfeldmarschall[24] Commander-in-chief of Heeresgruppe Mitte[14][24] 18 January 1943[24] Awarded 40th Swords 29 October 1943[24]
182 Gazen, Waldemar vonWaldemar von Gazen called von Gaza Heer 14-HHauptmann[25] Leader of a Kampfgruppe in the 13. Panzer-Division (commander of the I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 66)[14][25] 18 January 1943[25] Awarded 38th Swords 3 October 1943[25]
183 Kreysing, HansHans Kreysing Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[26] Commander of the 3. Gebirgs-Division[14][26] 20 January 1943[26] Awarded 63rd Swords 13 April 1944[26]
184 Gunzel, ReinhardReinhard Günzel Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[27] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke"[14][27] 21 January 1943[27]
185 Primozic, HugoHugo Primozic Heer 09-HOberwachtmeister[28] Platoon leader in the 2./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 667[14][28] 25 January 1943[28] At the same time promoted to Leutnant[14]
186 Riedel, WillyWilly Riedel Heer 14-HHauptmann[29] Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 524[14][29] 25 January 1943[29]
187 Michael, GeorgGeorg Michael Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[30] Leader of the II./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26[14][30] 25 January 1943[30]
188 Pressler, GustavGustav Pressler Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[31] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[31][32] 26 January 1943[31]
189 Rodenburg, CarlCarl Rodenburg Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[33] Commander of the 76. Infanterie-Division[32][33] 31 January 1943[33]
190 Knacke, ReinholdReinhold Knacke Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[34] Staffelkapitän of the 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[32][34] 7 February 1943*[32][Note 2] Killed in action 3 February 1943[32][34]
191 Fischer, ErwinErwin Fischer Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[35] Staffelkapitän of the 1./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 121[32][Note 3] 8 February 1943[35]
192 Hogeback, HermannHermann Hogeback Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[36] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Lehrgeschwader 1[32][36] 19 February 1943[36] Awarded 125th Swords 26 January 1945[36]
193 Bruck, HelmutHelmut Bruck Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[37] Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77[32][37] 19 February 1943[37]
194 Konig, AlfonsAlfons König Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[38] Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 217[32][38] 21 February 1943[38] Awarded 70th Swords 9 June 1944[38]
195 Meyer, KurtKurt Meyer Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer[39] Commander of SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"[32][39] 23 February 1943[39] Awarded 91st Swords 27 August 1944[39]
196 Gildner, PaulPaul Gildner Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[40] Pilot in the 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[41][Note 4] 26 February 1943*[40] Killed in action 24 February 1943[32][40]
197 Streib, WernerWerner Streib Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[42] Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[32][42] 26 February 1943[42] Awarded 54th Swords 11 March 1944[42]
198 Becker, LudwigLudwig Becker Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[Note 5] Staffelkapitän of the 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2[32][Note 5] 26 February 1943*[43] Killed in action 26 February 1943[32][43]
199 Baumgarten-Crusius, WernerWerner Baumgarten-Crusius Heer 13-HOberleutnant[44] Leader of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 156 (motorized)[32][44] 27 February 1943[44]
200 Witt, FritzFritz Witt Waffen-SS 17-WSS-Standartenführer[45] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"[32][45] 1 March 1943[45]
201 Mikosch, HansHans Mikosch Heer 17-HOberst[46] Commander of Pionier-Regiment Stab z.b.V. 677 and leader of a Kampfgruppe in the area of Stalingrad[32][46] 6 March 1943[46]
202 Scheunemann, WalterWalter Scheunemann Heer 14-HHauptmann[47] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 272[32][47] 6 March 1943[47]
203 Schmidt, GustavGustav Schmidt Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[48] Commander of 19. Panzer-Division[32][48] 6 March 1943[48]
204 Zahn, Dr. rer. oec. EberhardDr. rer. oec. Eberhard Zahn Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[49] Chief of 2./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 33[32][49] 6 March 1943[49]
205 Mickl, JohannJohann Mickl Heer 17-HOberst[46] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25[46][50] 6 March 1943[46]
206 Malachowski, Wilhelm vonWilhelm von Malachowski Heer 14-HHauptmann[51] Commander of Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 228[50][51] 6 March 1943[51]
207 Kohnz, BrunoBruno Kohnz Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[52] Platoon leader in the 11./Jäger-Regiment 207[50][52] 6 March 1943[52]
208 Lassen, GeorgGeorg Lassen Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[53] Commander of U-160[50][53] 7 March 1943[53]
209 Lewinski, Erich vonErich von Lewinski called von Manstein Heer 22-HGeneralfeldmarschall[54] Commander-in-chief of Heeresgruppe Süd[50][54] 14 March 1943[54] Awarded 59th Swords 30 March 1944[54]
210 Rietscher, GeorgGeorg Rietscher Heer 06-HUnteroffizier[55] VB (forward observer) in the 14./Grenadier-Regiment 513[50][Note 6] 14 March 1943[55]
211 Langesee, KarlKarl Langesee Heer 15-HMajor[56] Commander of the II./Jäger-Regiment 207[50][56] 15 March 1943[56]
212 Kult, JosefJosef Kult Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[57] Chief of the 3./Jäger-Regiment 228[50][57] 15 March 1943*[57] Killed in action 22 February 1943[50]
posthumously promoted to Hauptman of the Reserves[57][58]
213 Hoernlein, WalterWalter Hörnlein Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[59] Commander of Infanterie-Division (motorized) "Großdeutschland"[50][59] 15 March 1943[59]
214 Nordmann, TheodorTheodor Nordmann Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[60] Acting Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1[50][Note 7] 17 March 1943[Note 8] Awarded 98th Swords 17 September 1944[60]
215 Postel, Georg-WilhelmGeorg-Wilhelm Postel Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[61] Commander of the 320. Infanterie-Division[50][61] 28 March 1943[61] Awarded 57th Swords 26 March 1944[61]
216 Greim, Robert Ritter vonRobert Ritter von Greim Luftwaffe 21-LGeneraloberst[62] Commander-in-chief of Luftflottenkommando Ost (Luftflotte 6)[50][62] 2 April 1943[62] Awarded 92nd Swords 28 August 1944[Note 9]
217 von Scheele, Hans-KarlHans-Karl von Scheele Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[63] Commanding general of Korps "Scheele"[50][63] 2 April 1943[63]
218 Schuler, HeinrichHeinrich Schüler Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[64] Commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 525[50][64] 2 April 1943[64]
219 Hudel, HelmutHelmut Hudel Heer 14-HHauptmann[65] Commander of the I./Panzer-Regiment 7[50][65] 2 April 1943[65]
220 Schuldt, HinrichHinrich Schuldt Waffen-SS 17-WSS-Standartenführer[66] Commander of SS-Brigade "Schuldt"[50] also Kampfgruppe "Schuld": I./SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 1 and VII./Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler[66] 2 April 1943[66] Awarded 56th Swords 25 March 1944[66]
221 Kumm, OttoOtto Kumm Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer[57] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Der Führer"[50][57] 6 April 1943[57] Awarded 138th Swords 17 March 1945[57]
222 Schlee, RudolfRudolf Schlee Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[67] Platoon leader in the 6./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 13[67][68] 6 April 1943[67]
223 Donitz, KarlKarl Dönitz Kriegsmarine 22-MGroßadmiral[69] Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine and Befehlshaber der U-Boote[68][69] 6 April 1943[69]
224 Brandi, AlbrechtAlbrecht Brandi Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän[70] Commander of U-617[68][70] 11 April 1943[70] Awarded 66th Swords 9 May 1944
22nd Diamonds 24 November 1944[70]
225 Kamptz, Gerhard vonGerhard von Kamptz Kriegsmarine 16-MFregattenkapitän[71] Chief of the 8. Räumbootsflottille[68][71] 14 April 1943[71]
226 Wuppermann, SiegfriedSiegfried Wuppermann Kriegsmarine 13-MOberleutnant zur See[72] Commander of Schnellboot S-56 in the 3. Schnellbootflottille[68][Note 10] 14 April 1943[72]
227 Klawe, ErichErich Klawe Heer 15-HMajor[73] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 23[68][73] 14 April 1943[73]
228 Frantz, PeterPeter Frantz Heer 14-HHauptmann[74] Commander of Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung "Großdeutschland"[68][74] 14 April 1943[74]
229 Rudel, Hans-UlrichHans-Ulrich Rudel Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[75] Staffelkapitän of the 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[68][75] 14 April 1943[75] Awarded 42nd Swords 25 November 1943
10th Diamonds 29 March 1944
1st Golden Oak Leaves 29 December 1944[75]
230 Hozzel, Paul-WernerPaul-Werner Hozzel Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant[76] Geschwaderkommodore of Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"[68][76] 14 April 1943[76]
231 Dorffel, GeorgGeorg Dörffel Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[69] Acting Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Schlachtgeschwader 1[68][Note 11] 14 April 1943[69]
232 Mayer, EgonEgon Mayer Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[77] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[68][77] 16 April 1943[77] Awarded 51st Swords 2 March 1944[77]
233 Dieckmann, AugustAugust Dieckmann Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer[78] Commander of the I./SS-Panzergreandier-Regiment "Germania"[68][78] 16 April 1943[78] Awarded 39th Swords 10 October 1943[78]
234 Bulow, Otto vonOtto von Bülow Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[79] Commander of U-404[68][79] 26 April 1943[79]
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235 Borowietz, WillibaldWillibald Borowietz Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[80] Commander of the 15. Panzer-Division[68][80] 10 May 1943[80]
236 Stotten, Hans-GüntherHans-Günther Stotten Heer 14-HHauptmann[81] Commander of the I./Panzer-Regiment 8[68][81] 10 May 1943[81]
237 Laux, PaulPaul Laux Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[82] Commanding general of the II. Armeekorps[82][83] 17 May 1943[82]
238 Hoehne, GustavGustav Höhne Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[84] Commanding general of Korps "Laux"[83][84] 17 May 1943[84]
239 Hollidt, Karl-AdolfKarl-Adolf Hollidt Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[85] Commander-in-chief of 6. Armee[83][85] 17 May 1943[85]
240 Schwerin, Gerhard vonGerhard von Schwerin Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[86] Commander of the 16. Infanterie-Division (motorized)[86][87] 17 May 1943[86] Awarded 41st Swords 4 November 1943[86]
241 Niggemeyer, WilhelmWilhelm Niggemeyer Heer 13-HOberleutnant of the Reserves[88] Bataillonsadjutant of Pionier-Bataillon 26[83][88] 17 May 1943[88]
242 Griesbach, FranzFranz Griesbach Heer 17-HOberst[89] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 399[83][89] 17 May 1943[89] Awarded 53rd Swords 6 March 1944[89]
243 Barenfänger, ErichErich Bärenfänger Heer 14-HHauptmann[90] Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 123[83][90] 17 May 1943[90] Awarded 45th Swords 23 January 1944[90]
244 Grünert, RichardRichard Grünert Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[91] Commander of the I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 7[83][91] 17 May 1943*[91] Killed in action 13 March 1943[83][91]
245 Kruse, ErnstErnst Kruse Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[92] Platoon leader in the 7./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3[83][92] 17 May 1943[92]
246 Bochmann, GeorgGeorg Bochmann Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer[93] Commander of the II./SS-Kradschützen-Regiment "Thule"[83][93] 17 May 1943[93] Awarded 140th Swords 26 March 1945[93]
247 Lowrick, KarlKarl Löwrick Heer 17-HOberst[94] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 272[83][94] 17 May 1943[94]
248 Grase, MartinMartin Grase Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[95] Commander of the 1. Infanterie-Division[83][95] 23 May 1943[95]
249 Kemnade, FriedrichFriedrich Kemnade Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän[96] Chief of the 3. Schnellbootflottille[83][96] 27 May 1943[96]
250 Gysae, RobertRobert Gysae Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[97] Commander of U-177[83][97] 31 May 1943[97]
251 Obstfelder, Hans vonHans von Obstfelder Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[98] Commanding general of the XXIX. Armeekorps[83][98] 7 June 1943[98] Awarded 110th Swords 5 November 1944[98]
252 Gobel, KarlKarl Göbel Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[23] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 420[23][83] 8 June 1943[23]
253 Hoehne, FriedrichFriedrich Höhne Heer 15-HMajor[84] Commander of the III./Jäger-Regiment 204[83][84] 8 June 1943[84]
254 Klappich, GünterGünter Klappich Heer 13-HOberleutnant[99] Leader of the III./Grenadier-Regiment (motorized) 60[99][100] 8 June 1943*[99] Killed in action 22 January 1943[99][100]
255 Roedel, GustavGustav Rödel Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[101] Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 27[100][101] 20 June 1943[101]
256 Emmermann, CarlCarl Emmermann Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[102] Commander of U-172[100][102] 4 July 1943[102]
257 Henke, WernerWerner Henke Kriegsmarine 14-MKapitänleutnant[103] Commander of U-515[100][103] 4 July 1943[103]
258 Bayerlein, FritzFritz Bayerlein Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[104] German chief of staff of the 1st Italian Army[100][104] 6 July 1943[104] Awarded 81st Swords 20 July 1944[104]
259 Hunersdorff, Walther vonWalther von Hünersdorff Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[105] Commander of 6. Panzer-Division[100][105] 14 July 1943[105]
260 Sauvant, BernhardBernhard Sauvant Heer 15-HMajor[106] Commander of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 505[100][106] 28 July 1943[106]
261 Hausser, PaulPaul Hausser Waffen-SS 20-WSS-Obergruppenführer and General of the Waffen-SS[107] Commanding general of the II. SS-Panzerkorps[100][107] 28 July 1943[107] Awarded 90th Swords 26 August 1944[107]
262 Bake, FranzDr. med. dent. Franz Bäke Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[90] Commander of the II./Panzer-Regiment 11[90][100] 1 August 1943[90] Awarded 49th Swords 21 February 1944[90]
263 Lippe-Weißenfeld, Egmont Prinz zurEgmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[108] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2[100][108] 2 August 1943[108]
264 Meurer, ManfredManfred Meurer Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[109] Staffelkapitän of the 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[100][109] 2 August 1943[109]
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265 Ehrler, HeinrichHeinrich Ehrler Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[110] Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 5[100][110] 2 August 1943[110]
266 Weissenberger, TheodorTheodor Weissenberger Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[111] Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 5[100][111] 2 August 1943[111]
267 Kirschner, JoachimJoachim Kirschner Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[112] Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[100][112] 2 August 1943[112]
268 Schröer, WernerWerner Schröer Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[113] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 27[113][114] 2 August 1943[113] Awarded (144th) Swords 19 April 1945[113]
269 Herrmann, HajoHajo Herrmann Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[115] Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 300[114][115] 2 August 1943[115] Awarded 43rd Swords 23 January 1944[115]
270 Kahl, BrunoBruno Kahl Heer 15-HMajor[116] Commander of the III./schweres Heeres Panzerjäger-Regiment 656[114][116] 8 August 1943[116]
271 Rendulic, Dr. jur. LotharDr. jur. Lothar Rendulic Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[117] Commanding general of the XXXV. Armeekorps[114][117] 15 August 1943[117] Awarded 122nd Swords 18 January 1945[117]
272 Muller, Dietrich vonDietrich von Müller Heer 17-HOberst[118] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5[114][118] 16 August 1943[118] Awarded 134th Swords 20 February 1945[118]
273 Kuchler, Georg vonGeorg von Küchler Heer 22-HGeneralfeldmarschall[119] Commander-in-chief of Heeresgruppe Nord[114][119] 21 August 1943[119]
274 Busch, ErnstErnst Busch Heer 22-HGeneralfeldmarschall[120] Commander-in-chief of 16. Armee[114][120] 21 August 1943[120]
275 Lindemann, GeorgGeorg Lindemann Heer 21-HGeneraloberst[121] Commander-in-chief of 18. Armee[114][121] 21 August 1943[121]
276 Conrath, PaulPaul Conrath Luftwaffe 18-LGeneralmajor[122] Commander of Fallschirm-Panzer-Division "Hermann Göring"[114][122] 21 August 1943[Note 12]
277 Baum, OttoOtto Baum Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer[44] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Totenkopf"[114][Note 13] 22 August 1943[44] Awarded 95th Swords 2 September 1944[44]
278 Funck, Hans Freiherr vonHans Freiherr von Funck Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[Note 14] Commander of 7. Panzer-Division[114][123] 22 August 1943[123]
279 Conrady, AlexanderAlexander Conrady Heer 17-HOberst[122] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 118[114][122] 22 August 1943[122]
280 Raus, ErhardErhard Raus Heer 20-HGeneral der Panzertruppe[124] Commanding general of the XI. Armeekorps[114][124] 22 August 1943[124]
281 Saucken, Dietrich vonDietrich von Saucken Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[125] Commander of 4. Panzer-Division[114][125] 22 August 1943[125] Awarded 46th Swords 31 January 1944
27th Diamonds 8 May 1945[125]
282 Gollnick, HansHans Gollnick Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[126] Commander of the 36. Panzergrenadier-Division[126][127] 24 August 1943[126]
283 Eidel, AlfredAlfred Eidel Heer 15-HMajor[128] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 171[114][128] 24 August 1943[128]
284 Schultz, PaulPaul Schultz Heer 17-HOberst[129] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 308[114][129] 26 August 1943[129]
285 Cossel, Hans-Detloff vonHans-Detloff von Cossel Heer 15-HMajor[122] Commander of the I./Panzer-Regiment 35[114][122] 29 August 1943*[122] Killed in action 22 July 1943[114][122]
286 Krüger, WalterWalter Krüger Waffen-SS 19-WSS-Gruppenführer and Generalleutnant of the Waffen-SS[92] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Das Reich"[92][114] 31 August 1943[92] Awarded 120th Swords 11 January 1945[92]
287 Rocholl, RolfRolf Rocholl Heer 14-HHauptmann[33] Commander of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 569[33][130] 31 August 1943*[33] Killed in action 23 August 1943[33][130]
288 Grasser, HartmannHartmann Grasser Luftwaffe 15-LMajor[95] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[95][130] 31 August 1943[95]
289 Ettel, Wolf-UdoWolf-Udo Ettel Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[131] Staffelkapitän of the 8./Jagdgeschwader 27[130][131] 31 August 1943*[131] Killed in action 17 July 1943[130][131]
290 Sayn-Wittgenstein, Heinrich Prinz zuHeinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[106] Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 100[130][Note 15] 31 August 1943[106] Awarded 44th Swords 23 January 1944[106]
291 Zorn, HansHans Zorn Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[132] Commanding general of the XXXXVI. Panzerkorps[130][132] 3 September 1943*[132] Killed in action 2 August 1943[130][132]
292 Großmann, HorstHorst Großmann Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[133] Commander of the 6. Infanterie-Division[130][133] 4 September 1943[133]
293 Nowotny, WalterWalter Nowotny Luftwaffe 13-LOberleutnant[134] Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 54[134][135] 4 September 1943[134] Awarded 37th Swords 22 September 1943
8th Diamonds 19 October 1943[134]
294 Lemelsen, JoachimJoachim Lemelsen Heer 20-HGeneral der Panzertruppe[136] Commanding general of the XXXXVII. Panzerkorps[130][136] 7 September 1943[136]
295 Jaschke, ErichErich Jaschke Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[137] Commanding general LV. Armeekorps[130][137] 7 September 1943[137]
296 Harmel, HeinzHeinz Harmel Waffen-SS 17-WSS-Standartenführer[138] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 "Deutschland"[130][138] 7 September 1943[138] Awarded 116th Swords 15 December 1944[138]
297 Prieß, HermannHermann Prieß Waffen-SS 18-WSS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS[31] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Totenkopf"[31][130] 9 September 1943[31] Awarded 65th Swords 24 April 1944[31]
298 Hoßbach, FriedrichFriedrich Hoßbach Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[76] Acting commander of LVI. Panzerkorps[130][Note 16] 11 September 1943
299 Thomaschki, SiegfriedSiegfried Thomaschki Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[139] Commander of the 11. Infanterie-Division[130][139] 11 September 1943[139]
300 Lange, Dr. med. dent. WalterDr. med. dent. Walter Lange Heer 17-HOberst of the Reserves[140] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 43[130][140] 13 September 1943[140]
301 Pape, GüntherGünther Pape Heer 17-HOberst[141] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 394[130][141] 15 September 1943[141]
302 Tolsdorff, TheodorTheodor Tolsdorff Heer 15-HMajor[142] Commander of the I./Füsilier-Regiment 22[130][142] 15 September 1943[142] Awarded 80th Swords 18 July 1944
25th Diamonds 18 March 1945[142]
303 Stadler, SylvesterSylvester Stadler Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer[10] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Der Führer"[10][130] 16 September 1943[10] Awarded (152nd) Swords 6 May 1945?[Note 17]
304 Kleemann, UlrichUlrich Kleemann Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[73] Commander of Sturm-Division "Rhodos"[73][130] 16 September 1943[73]
305 Student, KurtKurt Student Luftwaffe 20-LGeneral der Flieger[144][Note 18] Commanding general of the XI. Fliegerkorps (Luft-lande-Korps)[144][145] 27 September 1943[145]
306 Reinhardt, Alfred-HermannAlfred-Hermann Reinhardt Heer 17-HOberst[146] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 421[144][146] 28 September 1943 Awarded 118th Swords 24 December 1944[146]
307 Fritsche, HansHans Fritsche Heer 15-HMajor[147] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 528[144][147] 2 October 1943[147]
308 Spranz, BodoBodo Spranz Heer 13-HOberleutnant[148] Chief of the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 237[144][148] 3 October 1943[148]
309 Schreiber, JosefJosef Schreiber Heer 10-HOberfeldwebel[149] Platoon leader in the 7./Sturm-Regiment 14[144][149] 5 October 1943[149]
310 Meierdress, Hubert-ErwinHubert-Erwin Meierdress Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer[150] Commander of the I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 "Totenkopf"[144][150] 5 October 1943[150]
311 Pestke, Hans-GotthardHans-Gotthard Pestke Heer 14-HHauptmann[151] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 176[144][151] 14 October 1943[151]
312 Ringel, JuliusJulius Ringel Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[152] Commander of 5. Gebirgs-Division[144][152] 25 October 1943[152]
313 Roman, Rudolf Freiherr vonRudolf Freiherr von Roman Heer 20-HGeneral der Artillerie[153] Commanding general of the XX. Armeekorps[144][153] 28 October 1943[153]
314 Voß, ErnstErnst Voß Heer 17-HOberst[154] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 585[144][154] 28 October 1943*[154] Died of wounds 11 October 1943[154]
315 Gille, Herbert OttoHerbert Otto Gille Waffen-SS 18-WSS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS[40] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Wiking"[40][144] 1 November 1943[40] Awarded 47th Swords 20 February 1944
12th Diamonds 19 April 1944[40]
316 Goltz, Albert Graf von derAlbert Graf von der Goltz Heer 16-HOberstleutnant of the Reserves[155] Leader of Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 144[144][155] 2 November 1943[155]
317 Ziemer, ErnstErnst Ziemer Heer 14-HHauptmann[156] Chief of the 1./Grenadier-Regiment 94[144][156] 2 November 1943[156]
318 König, EugenEugen König Heer 17-HOberst[38] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 451[38][144] 4 November 1943[38]
319 Recknagel, HermannHermann Recknagel Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[157] Commander of the 111. Infanterie-Division[144][157] 6 November 1943[157] Awarded 104th Swords 23 October 1944[157]
320 Grabert, SiegfriedSiegfried Grabert Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[158] Chief of the 8./Lehr-Regiment "Brandenburg" z.b.V. 800[144][158] 6 November 1943*[158] Killed in action 25 July 1942[144][158]
321 Kiesling, HeinrichHeinrich Kiesling Heer 15-HMajor[159] Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 529[159][160] 7 November 1943[159]
322 Knobelsdorff, Otto vonOtto von Knobelsdorff Heer 20-HGeneral der Panzertruppe[161] Commanding general of the XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps[160][161] 12 November 1943[161] Awarded 100th Swords 21 September 1944[161]
323 Angelis, Maximilian deMaximilian de Angelis Heer 20-HGeneral der Artillerie[162] Commanding general of the XXXXIV. Armeekorps[160][162] 12 November 1943[162]
324 Brandenberger, ErichErich Brandenberger Heer 20-HGeneral der Panzertruppe[163] Commanding general of the XXIX. Armeekorps[163][164] 12 November 1943[163]
325 Remer, Otto-ErnstOtto-Ernst Remer Heer 15-HMajor[165] Commander of the I.(gepanzert)/Grenadier-Regiment (motorized) "Großdeutschland"[160][165] 12 November 1943[165]
326 Christiansen, GeorgGeorg Christiansen Kriegsmarine 15-MKorvettenkapitän[166] Chief of the 1. Schnellbootsflottille[160][166] 13 November 1943[166]
327 Dorr, HansHans Dorr Waffen-SS 14-WSS-Hauptsturmführer[167] Commander of the I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Germania"[160][167] 13 November 1943[167] Awarded 77th Swords 9 July 1944[167]
328 Heindl, JosefJosef Heindl Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[168] Leader of Grenadier-Regiment 199 "List"[160][168] 18 November 1943*[168] Killed in action 10 September 1943[160][168]
329 Johannmeyer, WillyWilly Johannmeyer Heer 14-HHauptmann[169] Commander of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 503[160][169] 18 November 1943[169]
330 Brill, Dr. Ing. Karl-FriedrichDr. Ing. Karl-Friedrich Brill Kriegsmarine 16-MFregattenkapitän of the Reserves[170] Commander of Minenschiff "Juminda" and leader of a Minenschiff group[160][170] 18 November 1943*[170] Killed in action 22 October 1943[160]
331 Block, JohannesJohannes Block Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[Note 19] Commander of the 294. Infanterie-Division[160][171] 22 November 1943[171]
332 Manteuffel, Hasso vonHasso von Manteuffel Heer 18-HGeneralmajor[172] Commander of 7. Panzer-Division[160][172] 23 November 1943[172] Awarded 50th Swords 22 February 1944
24th Diamonds 18 February 1945[172]
333 Heinrici, GotthardGotthard Heinrici Heer 21-HGeneraloberst[173] Commander-in-chief of 4. Armee[160][173] 24 November 1943[173] Awarded 136th Swords 3 March 1945[173]
334 Schmidt, HansHans Schmidt Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[160][Note 20] Commanding general of the IX. Armeekorps[48][160] 24 November 1943[48]
335 Mauss, Dr. med. dent. KarlDr. med. dent. Karl Mauss Heer 17-HOberst[77] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 33[77][160] 24 November 1943[77] Awarded 101st Swords 23 October 1944
26th Diamonds 15 April 1945[77]
336 Beust, Hans-Henning Freiherr vonHans-Henning Freiherr von Beust Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant[174] Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke"[160][174] 25 November 1943[174]
337 Hrabak, DietrichDietrich Hrabak Luftwaffe 16-LOberstleutnant[76] Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 52[76][175] 25 November 1943[76]
338 Lemke, WilhelmWilhelm Lemke Luftwaffe 14-LHauptmann[136] Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[175][Note 21] 25 November 1943[136]
339 Schünemann, OttoOtto Schünemann Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[64] Commander of the 337. Infanterie-Division[64][175] 28 November 1943[64]
340 Hartmann, WalterWalter Hartmann Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[176] Commander of the 87. Infanterie-Division[175][176] 30 November 1943[176] Awarded 139th Swords 18 March 1945[176]
341 Fricke, Ernst-AugustErnst-August Fricke Heer 15-HMajor[177] Commander of the II./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 76 (motorized)[175][177] 30 November 1943*[177] Died on 9 November 1943 of wounds sustained on 13 August 1943[177]
342 Wellmann, ErnstErnst Wellmann Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[178] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3[175][Note 22] 30 November 1943[178]
343 Druffner, AlfredAlfred Druffner Heer 17-HOberst[179] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 519[175][179] 30 November 1943*[179] Died of wounds 30 September 1943[175][179]
344 Grasser, AntonAnton Grasser Heer 19-HGeneralleutnant[95] Commander of 25. Panzergrenadier-Division[95][175] 5 December 1943[95]
345 Walter, KurtKurt Walter Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[180] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 11[175][180] 5 December 1943[180]
346 Weitkunat, AdolfAdolf Weitkunat Heer 15-HMajor of the Reserves[111] Commander of Kampf-Bataillon 488[175] (remains of Grenadier-Regiment 488)[111] 5 December 1943[111]
347 Elflein, WalterWalter Elflein Heer 14-HHauptmann of the Reserves[181] Commander of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 95 and leader of a Kampfgruppe in the 17. Infanterie-Division[175][181] 5 December 1943[181]
348 Langkeit, WillyWilly Langkeit Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[182] Commander of Panzer-Regiment 36[175][182] 7 December 1943[182]
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349 Thorey, AndreasAndreas Thorey Heer 14-HRittmeister[139] Commander of Aufklärungs-Abteilung 94[139][175] 7 December 1943[139]
350 Henrici, SigfridSigfrid Henrici Heer 20-HGeneral der Panzertruppe[183] Commanding general of the XXXX. Panzerkorps[183][184] 9 December 1943[183]
351 Voigtsberger, HeinrichHeinrich Voigtsberger Heer 17-HOberst[185] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 60 (motorized)[175][185] 9 December 1943[185]
352 Baacke, KarlKarl Baacke Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[186] Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 266[175][186] 10 December 1943[186]
353 Tychsen, ChristianChristian Tychsen Waffen-SS 15-WSS-Sturmbannführer[187] Commander of the II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "Das Reich"[175][187] 10 December 1943[187]
354 Müller, AlfredAlfred Müller Heer 14-HHauptmann[188] Commander of Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 191[188][189] 15 December 1943[188]
355 Kahler, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Kahler Heer 16-HOberstleutnant[116] Commander of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5[116][189] 17 December 1943[116]
356 Kuhl, ErnstDr. jur. Ernst Kühl Luftwaffe 17-LOberst of the Reserves[119] Geschwaderkommodore of Kampfgeschwader 55 "Greif"[119][190] 18 December 1943[119]
357 Chevallerie, Kurt von derKurt von der Chevallerie Heer 20-HGeneral der Infanterie[191] Commanding general of the LIX. Armeekorps[189][191] 19 December 1943[191]
358 Schmalz, WilhelmWilhelm Schmalz Luftwaffe 17-LOberst[192] Commander of Grenadier-Brigade z.b.V. of the Panzer-Division "Hermann Göring"[189][192] 23 December 1943[192]
359 Frey, AlbertAlbert Frey Waffen-SS 16-WSS-Obersturmbannführer[193] Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"[189][193] 29 December 1943[Note 23]
360 Ochs, HeinrichHeinrich Ochs Heer 12-HLeutnant[98] Platoon leader in the 1./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 101[98][189] 30 December 1943*[98] Killed in action 21 October 1943[98][189]

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References

Citations
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
Further reading
  • Berger, Florian (1999). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 3-9501307-0-5.
  • Fraschka, Günther (1994). Knights of the Reich. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Military/Aviation History. ISBN 0-88740-580-0.
  • Krätschmer, Ernst-Günther (1999). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Waffen-SS (in German). Coburg, Germany: Nation Europa Verlag GmbH. ISBN 3-920677-43-9.

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