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Knight's Cross Oak-Leaves Recipients 1941-45

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Osprey's survey of the recipients of the Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves awards during World War II (1939-1945). The remarkable early successes of the armed forces of the Third Reich prompted the decision that the supreme decoration for personal valour or outstanding leadership – the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross – was insufficient. To mark further acts of gallantry a new distinction was created in June 1940: the Oak-Leaves clasp. Further decorations in the form of the Swords and, finally, the Diamonds were ...

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Overview

Osprey's survey of the recipients of the Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves awards during World War II (1939-1945). The remarkable early successes of the armed forces of the Third Reich prompted the decision that the supreme decoration for personal valour or outstanding leadership – the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross – was insufficient. To mark further acts of gallantry a new distinction was created in June 1940: the Oak-Leaves clasp. Further decorations in the form of the Swords and, finally, the Diamonds were added. This second title in our series describes and illustrates a selection of recipients of the Knight’s Cross and Oak-Leaves between 1941 and early 1944, when the Wehrmacht was engaged on all fronts, as well as at sea and in the air.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841766423
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/8/2005
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
The institution of the Oak-Leaves clasp
Description
Award case and documents
Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 8
Kapitanleutnant Hans-Diederich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen
Kapitanleutnant Friedrich Guggenberger
Gefreiter Gunther Halm
Generalmajor Walther Nehring
Hauptmann Johannes Kummel
Gefreiter Arnold Hubner
Hauptmann Roland von Hosslin
Oberleutnant Erhard Jahnert
Hauptmann Josef Rettemeier
Oberstleutnant Maximilian von Herff
Hauptfeldwebel Wilhelm Wendt
Major Helmut Hudel
Oberstabsarzt Heinrich Neumann
Hauptmann Siegfried Jamrowski
Hauptmann Heinz Meyer
Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Donth
Oberleutnant zur See Siegfried Koitschka
Oberleutnant Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt
Hauptmann Johannes Steinhoff
Leutnant Karl-Heinz Bendert
Haputmann Arbogast 'Erbo' von Kageneck
Major Gunther Freiherr von Maltzahn
Oberleutnant Joachim Muncheberg
The Plates 61
Index 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006

    Well researched

    Gordon Williamson is known for his meticulous research into German military history. ¿Knight's Cross Oak-Leaves Recipients 1941-45¿ is a factual, detailed account of individuals in the German Wermacht awarded what was then one of the nation¿s highest honors. The book¿s layout (profiles with little author commentary) means this book will likely only appeal to researchers. However, an eeriness seeps through the pages. The majority of the soldiers outlined in ¿Knight¿s Cross¿ were dead by the middle of 1945 (along with almost an entire generation of German men). The accomplishments of this ¿lost generation¿ exist now only as obscure historical footnotes in books like ¿Knight¿s Cross.¿

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