Wolfgang von Bostell
|Wolfgang von Bostell|
25 February 1917
10 May 1991
|Years of service||1935–45|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Wolfgang Hans Heiner Paul von Bostell (25 February 1917 – 10 May 1991) was a highly decorated Oberleutnant 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. Wolfgang von Bostell was captured by Soviet troops in May 1945 and was held until October 1953. During his career, he was credited with the destruction of 48 tanks and armoured vehicles.[Note 1]
Awards and decorations 1
- Wehrmachtbericht reference 1.1
- Notes 2
- References 3
- External links 4
Awards and decorations
Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (11 June 1940)
- 1st Class (4 July 1941)
Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black (11 June 1940)
- in Silver (23 April 1942)
- in Gold (9 August 1944)
- General Assault Badge (9 August 1944)
- in Silver (2nd Grade) (5 April 1945)
- Eastern Front Medal (29 July 1942)
- Demyansk Shield (30 June 1944)
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Knight's Cross on 2 September 1944 as Leutnant and platoon leader in Panzerjäger-Sturmgeschütz-Kompanie 1023
- (859th) Oak Leaves on 30 April 1945 as Leutnant and platoon leader in Panzerjäger-Abteilung 205[Note 2]
- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 14 August 1944
|Date||Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording||Direct English translation|
|14 August 1944 (addendum)||Leutnant von Bostell in einer Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung hat sich bei der Bekämpfung feindlicher Panzer im Raum von Kodohn besonders ausgezeichnet.||Lieutenant von Bostell in an assault gun department has particularly excelled himself in fighting enemy tanks in the area of Kodohn.|
- For a list of Panzer aces from Germany see List of World War II Panzer aces from Germany
- The sequential numbers greater than 843 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves are unofficial and were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and are therefore denoted in parentheses.
- Thomas 1997, p. 69.
- Thomas and Wegmann 1985, p. 45.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 120.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 85.
- Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 102–111.
- Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 202.
- 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; Wegmann, Günter (1985). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil I: Sturmartillerie [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part I: Assault Artillery] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-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.
- Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985.
- World War 2 Awards.com
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945