World War 2 Heer Officers, NCO’s, Etc. – G thru R

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Günter Halm

Günter Halm (born 27 August 1922) was a German infanteer and the youngest member of the Afrika Korps to be awarded the Knight’s Cross for his bravery in action.

Josef Heindl

Josef Heindl (10 March 1904 – 10 September 1943) was a German officer who served in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a posthumous 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. He was also posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant of the Reserves.

Matthäus Hetzenauer

Matthäus Hetzenauer (December 23, 1924 in Tyrol, Austria – October 3, 2004) was an Austrian sniper in the 3rd Mountain Division on the Eastern Front of the World War II, who was credited with 345 kills. His longest confirmed kill was reported at 1100 metres. Hetzenauer was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Holzhäuer

Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Holzhäuer (8 July 1902 – 14 December 1982) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Friedrich-Wilhelm Holzhäuer was captured by British forces in May 1945 and was held until 1947.

Konrad Hupfer

Konrad Hupfer (21 October 1911 – 10 April 1944) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant 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.

Willy Jähde

Willy Jähde (18 January 1908 – 25 April 2002) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II and a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Willy Jähde was captured by American troops in May 1945. He was later transferred to Soviet custody, but escaped.

Siegfried Knappe

Siegfried Knappe (15 January 1917 – 1 December 2008) was an officer in the German Army (Heer) during World War II. Towards the end of the war, Knappe was stationed in Berlin, where he gave daily briefings at the Führerbunker.

As a young artillery lieutenant (Leutnant der Artillerie) in Panzer Group Kleist, Siegfried Knappe participated in the Invasion of France. Knappe was decorated for actions that took place on the night of 14 June 1940. The actions took place in the Paris area, south of Tremblay-en-France, at the Ourcq canal. A group of French sailors had apparently not been informed of the decision to declare Paris an open city. As a result, they were defending a bridge with machine guns from a house across the canal. After German infantry failed to clear the area with mortar fire, artillery support was requested. Though Knappe was the Battalion Adjutant and it was not his duty to man the gun, he moved up to the front with the infantry. Because the area was wooded, the 105 mm gun had to be brought up and fired almost at point blank range directly into the house. The German infantry was hidden behind a building by the bridge, where the gun was maneuvered, but in order to fire all seven crew members would be exposed to machine gun fire. On the mark, the gun was moved, aimed, and fired. Three of the seven crew members were wounded but the machine gun nest was destroyed. This action opened the road for the infantry.

Knappe was wounded by a bullet entering the back of his hand and exiting through his wrist. On 19 June 1940, he was evacuated. For his bravery, Knappe received the Iron Cross 2nd Class. He also received the Black Wound Badge for his wounds.

Knappe went on to fight on the Eastern Front and the Italian Campaign. While participating in the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, he received the Iron Cross 1st class for his bravery, in particular for leading artillery attacks from forward positions. Knappe was also wounded an additional three times in the course of his career. After attending General Staff College, he rose to the rank of Major. Knappe ended the war fighting in Berlin while a member of General Helmuth Weidling’s staff.

After five years of captivity in the Soviet Union, Knappe was released to West Germany in 1949. Knappe emigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Ohio.[1] There he wrote his memoirs: Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

The Oscar-nominated film Downfall (2004), about German dictator Adolf Hitler’s last days, was based in part on Knappe’s memoirs.

Wilhelm Knauth

Dr. Wilhelm Knauth (29 January 1916 – 25 April 1945) was a highly decorated Hauptmann der Reserve in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Kurt Knispel

Kurt Knispel (20 September 1921 – 28 April 1945) was a Sudeten German Heer panzer loader, gunner and later commander, and was the highest scoring tank ace of World War II with a total of 168 confirmed tank kills; the actual number, although unconfirmed, may be as high as 195. He is counted with Johannes Bölter, Ernst Barkmann, Otto Carius and Michael Wittmann as being one of the, if not the, greatest tank ace of all time.

Alfons König

Alfons König (29 December 1898 – 8 July 1944) was a German officer in the infantry, serving during World War II and a recipient of the coveted Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

He was killed in action on 8 July 1944 while defending Bobruisk.

Ernst Kruse

Ernst Kruse (1 October 1915 – 15 October 1944) was a highly decorated Oberfähnrich 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. Ernst Kruse was killed on 15 October 1944 near Serock, Poland.

Ekkehard Kylling Schmidt

Ekkehard Kylling Schmidt (21 June 1918-28 August 2000) was a highly decorated captain in the Army During World War II Hey so what 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 what Awarded to extreme battlefield bravery or Recognise successful military leadership.

Karl Langesee

Karl Langesee (10 September 1910 – March 4, 1989) was a highly decorated Colonel in the Army During World War II , and one of only 882 recipients 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 what Awarded to extreme battlefield bravery or Recognise successful military leadership.

Heinz-Georg Lemm

Heinz-Georg Lemm (1 June 1919–17 November 1994) was a German soldier who fought in the 12th Infantry Division during World War II and later served in the Bundeswehr, the post-war West German armed forces. He was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade, the Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or outstanding military leadership.

Lemm was born in Schwerin and died in Ruppichteroth.

Viktor Lindenmann

Viktor Lindenmann (23.November 1916 in Koblenz, 9.September 1942 on the Eastern Front) received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 21 September 1941 as a lieutenant and battalion adjutant in an infantry regiment for the struggles to form the bridgehead re-setting by the river Tiligul Liman in Of Ukraine.

Walter Möse

Walter Möse (30 September 1920 – 28 November 1944) was a highly decorated Oberfeldwebel 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. Walter Möse was killed on 28 November 1944 in Goldap, East Prussia.

Wilhelm Niggemeyer

Wilhelm Niggenmeyer (9 May 1918 – 14 February 2008) was a German officer who served in the Wehrmacht during World War II and in the postwar Bundeswehr. 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.

He participated in making of Männer gegen Panzer, 1943 German film, about different types of infantry anti-tank warfare.

Kurt Nöbel

Kurt Nöbel (15 February 1917 – 3 February 2000) was a highly decorated Wachtmeister in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Reinhard Peters

Reinhard Peters (13 January 1922 – 14 April 1992) was a highly decorated Oberleutnant der Reserve in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Fritz Prager

Fritz Prager (born 17 December 1905 in Wolfenbüttel; died 3 December 1940 in Braunschweig) was a member of the Fallschirmjäger during World War II.

Fritz Prager joined the Reichswehr on 26 November 1923 as a member of the 10th Infantry Regiment. Prager’s battalion was one of the few parachute units to see combat during the Invasion of Poland, where it captured the Wola Gulowska airfield. For this action Prager was awarded the Iron Cross (1939) second class on 13 October 1939 by General Kurt Student.

Prager was promoted to Major on 19 June 1940 and on 1 July took command of the 3rd Parachute Regiment’s II Battalion. He died on 3 December 1940 in Braunschweig, of cancer.

Walter Rappholz

Walter Rappholz (4 June 1912 – 30 September 1991) was a highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II and a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Walter Rappholz was captured by American forces in May 1945 and was released later that month.

Max Heimo Rehbein

Max Helmuth Rehbein (9 December 1918 in Cologne; 13 November 2015), sometimes called Max Heimo Rehbein, was a German documentary film maker, film producer, journalist and publicist.

Rehbein grew up in Berlin. His father Arthur Rehbein was Privy Councilor and writers and before the takeover by the Nazis Chairman of the protective association of German writers. After his graduation in 1938, Rehbein completed an officer’s career in the 23rd Infantry Division in World War II, and was seriously wounded. On March 5, 1945, he was a captain of the reserve and commander of the pioneer battalion 23, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross awarded.  After this on September 7, 1944, German Cross in gold was received.

After the war, Rehbein wrote a philosophy  and literary history at the Studies University of Hamburg . In addition, he was a volunteer in his first reportage on Radio Hamburg, the forerunner of NWDR. In 1947, he got a job as a reporter and correspondent at NWDR and made radio interviews in the name (eg in 1948 with Hans Albers). In addition, he was a special correspondent for politics and international reporting. In 1952 he became chief reporter at NWDR, and 1957 he took over the management of the ministries’ foreign and domestic policies and economic and domestic policies in the Department of current events at NDR. In 1968, he created the successful series “pioneers and adventurers,” which ran on NDR television eleven years. In 1978, within the framework of his New York trilogy, the film Lefty – memory of a dead person in Brooklyn on youth gang members in New York, for which he was awarded the Adolf Grimme Prize and the Golden Camera Award.

Hans Roeger

Hans Roeger (13 July 1920 – 12 April 2009) was a highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

For action around Kursenai Lithuania, Röger earnt the Knights cross of the Iron cross which was awarded to him on the 17th August 1944.

Heinrich Ruhl

Heinrich Ruhl (born 31 August 1915) 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.

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German Military History with a focus on World War 2 History including other areas of German History

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