Erwin Koopmann (1 January 1900 – 10 November 1943) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several corps. 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. Erwin Koopmann was killed on 10 November 1943 in Ulianivka, Ukraine and was posthumously awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 28 November 1943.
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Black and White Photos
Erwin Koopmann with mother.
Erwin Koopmann takes an afternoon nap.
The brothers Koopmann with father Baurat Johannes.
Hermann Koopmann, Erwin’s oldest brother.
Karl-Heinz Kleist ( Lebensrune.png15 January 1917, covered), Lieutenant in the 2nd Company / Infantry Regiment 90, fell on June 17, 1940 at Vesoul during the French campaign. The photo shows Koopmann and the affected German comrades.
Erwin Koopmann at the hero’s grave of his brother Hermann at the German war cemetery Langemark , 1940.
Erwin Koopmann mourns his son Kurt Sigismund, who died on 31 August 1941. He had been fatally wounded as a private in the regiment of his father, Infantry Regiment 90, on the eastern front at Nikolskoe.
Captain Koopmann in front of Ramuschewo on the Lowat River in the fight for the Corridor Corridor to Demyansk Pocket, August 1942
Last tribute: Erwin Koopmann salutes at the graves of his fallen men.
German soldiers salute at the grave of the French soldiers of the First World War.
Erwin Koopmann in the circle of his comrades.
World War 1 Photos
World War 1 Medals.
Erwin (below) and his two other brothers.
Erwin Koopmann and brother of the Freikorps in Świnoujście.
Walter Caspari, Erwin Koopmann’s regimental commander.
Awards and Documentation
All Erwin Koopmann’s awards and documentation.
Erwin Koopmann’s fallen son’s Kurt Sigismund equipment.
Hermann Koopmann’s last, moving words to his family, which he wrote down heavily wounded, close to death.
Newspaper report on the Knight Cross ceremony.
Awards and Decorations
Iron Cross 1914 2nd Class.
Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918.
Iron Cross 1939.
2nd Class – 31 May 1940.
1st Class – 19 June 1940.
Infantry Assault Badge – 22 October 1940.
Wound Badge 1939
In Black – 1 October 1941.
In Silver – 24 September 1942.
German Cross in Gold -19 January 1942.
Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 28 November 1943 as Major of the Reserves and leader of Grenadier-Regiment 76.