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Werner Husemann
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. Recipients were personally given this award by Adolf Hitler A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm
Volkssturm
(German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich
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Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross
The KNIGHT\'S CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS (German : Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes), or simply the Knight's Cross (Ritterkreuz), and its variants were the highest awards in the military and paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II
World War II
. The Knight's Cross 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 military valour. Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
(the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
), as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm
Volkssturm
(German national militia ), along with personnel from other Axis powers . The award was instituted on 1 September 1939, at the onset of the German invasion of Poland . A higher grade, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, was instituted in 1940. In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves were instituted: the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds). At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, was created
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
(German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Third Reich . Recipients are grouped by grades of the Knight's Cross. Within each grade the recipients are ordered chronologically. An exception is the lowest grade, here the recipients are ordered alphabetically by last name. The rank listed is the recipient's rank at the time the Knight's Cross was awarded. Broken out into sub lists are the recipients of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, one list for every year between 1940 and 1945 the award was presented. Also listed separately are the alphabetical lists of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
recipients. The foreign recipients of the Knight\'s Cross and the foreign recipients of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves are listed separately as well. The last legal presentation of the Knight's Cross, in any of its grades, had to be made before 23:01 Central European Time 8 May 1945, the time when the German surrender became effective. A number of presentations were made after this date, the last on 17 June 1945. These late presentations are considered de facto but not de jure awards
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross With Oak Leaves Recipients (1940–1941)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
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
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
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). However, author and historian Veit Scherzer has challenged the validity of 27 of these listings
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross With Oak Leaves Recipients (1942)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
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
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
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 acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). However, author and historian Veit Scherzer has challenged the validity of 27 of these listings
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross With Oak Leaves Recipients (1943)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
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
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
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). However author and historian Veit Scherzer has challenged the validity of 27 of these listings
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross With Oak Leaves Recipients (1944)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
World War II
. This military decoration was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, ranging 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
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
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). However author and historian Veit Scherzer has challenged the validity of 27 of these listings
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross With Oak Leaves Recipients (1945)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
(German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Third Reich
Third Reich
during World War II
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
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
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 . This total is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR), but author and historian Veit Scherzer has challenged the validity of 27 of these listings
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (A)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
(German : Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (Ba–Bm)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
(German : Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe ( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm
Volkssturm
(German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
. There is currently no official German Government list of KC recipients. Analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR) indicates that up to 7,321 awards may have been made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (Bn–Bz)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from successful military leadership to extreme battlefield bravery. A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (C)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
(German : Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
during World War II
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (D)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (E)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the acceptance of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm
Volkssturm
(German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich
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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (F)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
(German : Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Third Reich
Third Reich
during World War II
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich
Third Reich

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List Of Knight's Cross Of The Iron Cross Recipients (G)
The Knight\'s Cross of the Iron Cross
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
World War II
. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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. A total of 7,321 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945. This number is based on the analysis and acceptance of the order commission of the Association of Knight\'s Cross Recipients (AKCR). Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
—the Heer ( Army
Army
), Kriegsmarine ( Navy
Navy
) and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
( Air Force
Air Force
)—as well as the Waffen-SS , the Reichsarbeitsdienst
Reichsarbeitsdienst
(RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia ). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the