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The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest award in the military of the Third Reich. The following is the complete list of all 1943 awarded Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients. The recipients are ordered and numbered chronologically. The rank listed is the recipient's rank at the time the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves was awarded.

Background

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades were based on four separate enactments. The first enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 1573 of 1 September 1939 instituted the Iron Cross and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. As the war progressed, some of the recipients distinguished themselves further and a higher grade, the Oak Leaves to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, was instituted. The Oak Leaves, as they were commonly referred to, were based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940. In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross were instituted. The enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 introduced the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross of the Iron 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 (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten), based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11 of 29 December 1944, concluded the variants of the Knight's Cross.

Recipients

The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht kept separate Knight's Cross lists, one for each of the three military branches, Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air force) and for the Waffen-SS. Within each of these lists a unique sequential number was assigned to each recipient. The same numbering paradigm was applied to the higher grades of the Knight's Cross, one list per grade.







Number Name Service Rank Unit Date of award Notes
169 Stahel, Rainer Luftwaffe Oberst commander of a Luftwaffen-Kampfgruppe near Stalingradmarker Awarded 79th Swords 18 July 1944
170 Feßmann, Fritz Heer Oberleutnant of the Reserves 1./Kradschützen-Bataillon 64 Awarded 103rd Swords 23 October 1944
171 Guggenberger, Friedrich Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant commander of U-81marker
172 Frank, Heinz Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1
173 Kupfer , Dr. jur. Ernst Luftwaffe Major II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 Awarded 62nd Swords 11 April 1944
174 Dilley, Bruno Luftwaffe Hauptmann I./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
175 Barkhorn, Gerhard Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 4./Jagdgeschwader 52 Awarded 52nd Swords 2 March 1944
176 von Wietersheim, Wend Heer Oberst Panzergrenadier-Regiment 113 Awarded 58th Swords 26 March 1944
177 Mohr, Johann Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant commander of U-124marker
178 Paulus, Friedrich Heer General der Panzertruppe 6. Armee
179 Willig, Karl Heer Major II./Grenadier-Regiment 120(mot)
180 Goebel, Günter Heer Hauptmann 79. Infanterie-Division
181 von Kluge, Günther Heer Generalfeldmarschall Heeresgruppe Mitte Awarded 40th Swords 29 October 1943
182 von Gazen, called von Gaza, Waldemar Heer Hauptmann leader of a Kampfgruppe in the 13. Panzer-Division Awarded 38th Swords 3 October 1943
183 Kreysing, Hans Heer Generalleutnant 3. Gebirgs-Division Awarded 63rd Swords 13 April 1944
184 Günzel, Reinhard Luftwaffe Hauptmann II./Kampfgeschwader 27
185 Primozic, Hugo Heer Oberwachtmeister 2./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 667
186 Riedel, Willy Heer Hauptmann III./Infanterie-Regiment 524
187 Michael, Georg Heer Oberleutnant of the Reserves II./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26
188 Pressler, Gustav Luftwaffe Hauptmann III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
189 Rodenburg, Carl Heer Generalmajor 76. Infanterie-Division
190 Knacke, Reinhold* Luftwaffe Hauptmann Staffelkapitän 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 Killed in action 3 February 1943
191 Fischer, Erwin Luftwaffe Hauptmann 1.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 121
192 Hogeback, Hermann Luftwaffe Hauptmann III./Kampfgeschwader 6 Awarded 125th Swords 26 January 1945
193 Bruck, Helmut Luftwaffe Hauptmann I./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
194 König, Alfons Heer Hauptmann of the Reserves III./Grenadier-Regiment 217 Awarded 70th Swords 9 June 1944
195 Meyer, Kurt Waffen-SS SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" Awarded 91st Swords 27 August 1944
196 Gildner, Paul* Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 Killed in action 24 February 1943
197 Streib, Werner Luftwaffe Major I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 Awarded 54th Swords 11 March 1944
198 Becker, Ludwig* Luftwaffe Hauptmann of the Reserves Staffelkapitän 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 Killed in action 26 February 1943
199 Baumgarten-Crusius, Werner Heer Oberleutnant I./Infanterie-Regiment 156 (mot.)
200 Witt, Fritz Waffen-SS SS-Standartenführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
201 Mikosch, Hans Heer Oberst Pionier-Regiment Stab 677
202 Scheunemann, Walter Heer Hauptmann I./Grenadier-Regiment 272
203 Schmidt, Gustav Richard Ernst Heer Generalmajor 19. Panzer-Division
204 Zahn, Dr. rer. pol. Eberhard Heer Hauptmann of the Reserves 2./Panzer-Jagd-Abteilung 33
205 Mickl, Johann Heer Oberst Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25
206 von Malackowski, Wilhelm Heer Hauptmann Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 228
207 Kohnz, Bruno Heer Oberfeldwebel 11./Jäger-Regiment 207
208 Lassen, Georg Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant commander of U-160
209 von Lewinski, genannt von Manstein, Erich Heer Generalfeldmarschall Heeresgruppe Süd Awarded 59th Swords 30 March 1944
210 Rietscher, Georg Heer Unteroffizier 14. (Pz.J.)/Grenadier-Regiment 513
211 Langesee, Karl Heer Major II./Jäger-Regiment 207
212 Kult, Josef* Heer Oberleutnant of the Reserves 3./Jäger-Regiment 207
214 Nordmann, Theodor Luftwaffe Oberleutnant III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 Awarded 98th Swords 17 September 1944
215 Postel, Georg-Wilhelm Heer Generalmajor 320. Infanterie-Division Awarded 57th Swords 26 March 1944
216 Ritter von Greim, Robert Luftwaffe Generaloberst Luftflotten-Kommando Ost Awarded 92nd Swords 28 August 1944
217 von Scheele, Hans-Karl Heer Generalleutnant Korps Scheele
218 Schüler, Heinrich Heer Hauptmann of the Reserves II./Grenadier-Regiment 525
219 Hudel, Helmut Heer Hauptmann 1./Panzer-Regiment 7
220 Schuldt, Hinrich Waffen-SS SS-Standartenführer SS-Brigade Schuldt Awarded 56th Swords 25 March 1944
221 Kumm, Otto Waffen-SS SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Der Führer" Awarded 138th Swords 17 March 1945
222 Schlee, Rudolf Heer Oberfeldwebel 6./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 13
223 Dönitz, Karl Kriegsmarine Großadmiral Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine
224 Brandi, Albrecht Kriegsmarine Korvettenkapitän commander of U-617 Awarded 66th Swords 9 May 1944
22nd Diamonds 24 November 1944
225 von Kamptz, Gerhard Kriegsmarine Fregattenkapitän 8. Minensuchflottille
226 Wuppermann, Siegfried Kriegsmarine Oberleutnant zur See commander of Schnellboot S-56 in the 3. Schnellbootflottille
227 Klawe, Erich Heer Major I./Grenadier-Regiment 23
228 Frantz, Peter Heer Hauptmann Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung "Großdeutschland"
229 Rudel, Hans-Ulrich Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 Awarded 42nd Swords 25 November 1943
10th Diamonds 29 March 1944
1st Golden Oak Leaves 29 December 1944

230 Hozzel, Paul-Werner Luftwaffe Oberstleutnant Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
231 Dörffel, Georg Luftwaffe Hauptmann 1./Schlachtgeschwader 1
232 Mayer, Egon Luftwaffe Hauptmann III./Jagdgeschwader 2 Awarded 51st Swords 2 March 1944
233 Dieckmann, August Waffen-SS SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Regiment "Germania" Awarded 39th Swords 10 October 1943
234 von Bülow, Otto Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant commander of U-404
235 Borowietz, Willibald Heer Generalmajor 15. Panzer-Division
236 Stotten, Hans-Günther Heer Hauptmann I./Panzer-Regiment 8
237 Laux, Paul Heer General der Infanterie II. Armeekorps
238 Höhne, Gustav Heer Generalleutnant Korpsgruppe Höhne
239 Hollidt, Karl-Adolf Heer General der Infanterie 6. Armee
240 Graf von Schwerin, Gerhard Heer Generalmajor 16. Infanterie-Division Awarded 41st Swords 4 November 1943
241 Niggenmeyer, Wilhelm Heer Oberleutnant of the Reserves Pionier-Bataillon 26
242 Griesbach, Franz Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 399 Awarded 53rd Swords 6 March 1944
243 Bärenfänger, Erich Heer Hauptmann III./Infanterie-Regiment 123 Awarded 45th Swords 23 January 1944
244 Grünert, Richard* Heer Major of the Reserves I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 7
245 Kruse, Ernst Heer Oberfeldwebel 7./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3
246 Bochmann, Georg Waffen-SS SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Kradschützen-Regiment "Thule" Awarded 140th Swords 26 March 1945
247 Löwrick, Karl Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 272
248 Grase, Martin Heer Generalleutnant 1. Infanterie-Division
249 Kemnade, Friedrich Kriegsmarine Korvettenkapitän 3. Schnellbootflottille
250 Gysae, Robert Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant commander of U-177
251 von Obstfelder, Hans Heer General der Infanterie XXIX. Armeekorps Awarded 110th Swords 5 November 1944
252 Göbel, Karl Heer Oberstleutnant Grenadier-Regiment 420
253 Höhne, Friedrich Heer Hauptmann III./Jäger-Regiment 204
254 Klappich, Günter* Heer Hauptmann III./Grenadier-Regiment (mot) 60
255 Rödel, Gustav-Siegfried Luftwaffe Major Jagdgeschwader 27
256 Emmermann, Carl Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant commander of U-172marker
257 Henke, Werner Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant commander of U-515marker
258 Doroschuk, Johann T Waffen SS Sturmbannfuhrer SS-PK/2nd SS "Das Reich"
259 von Hünersdorff, Walther Heer Generalmajor 6. Panzer-Division
260 Sauvant, Bernhard Heer Major schwere Panzer-Abteilung 505
261 Hausser, Paul Waffen-SS SS-Obergruppenführer II. SS-Panzer Korps Awarded 90th Swords 26 August 1944
262 Bäke, Dr. med.dent. Franz Heer Major of the Reserves II./Panzer-Regiment 11 Awarded 49th Swords 21 February 1944
263 Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld, Egmont Luftwaffe Hauptmann III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2
264 Meurer, Manfred Luftwaffe Hauptmann 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1
265 Ehrler, Heinrich Luftwaffe Hauptmann 6./Jagdgeschwader 5
266 Weissenberger, Theodor Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 7./Jagdgeschwader 5
267 Kirschner, Joachim Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 5./Jagdgeschwader 3
268 Schröer, Werner Luftwaffe Hauptmann II./Jagdgeschwader 27 Awarded 144th Swords 19 April 1945
269 Herrmann, Hajo Luftwaffe Major Jagdgeschwader 300 Awarded 43rd Swords 23 January 1944
270 Kahl, Bruno Heer Major III./Panzer-Jagd-Abteilung 656
271 Rendulic, Dr. jur. Lothar Heer General der Infanterie XXXV. Armeekorps Awarded 122nd Swords 18 January 1945
272 von Müller, Dietrich Heer Oberst Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 Awarded 134th Swords 20 February 1945
273 von Küchler, Georg Heer Generalfeldmarschall Heeresgruppe Nord
274 Busch, Ernst Heer Generaloberst 16. Armee
275 Lindemann, Georg-Heinrich Heer General der Infanterie 18. Armee
276 Conrath, Paul Luftwaffe Generalmajor Fallschirm-Panzer-Division "Hermann Göring"
277 Baum, Otto Waffen-SS SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Totenkopf" Awarded 95th Swords 2 September 1944
278 Freiherr von Funck, Hans Heer Generalleutnant 7. Panzer-Division
279 Conrady, Alexander Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 118
280 Raus, Erhard Heer General der Panzertruppe XI. Armeekorps
281 von Saucken, Dietrich Heer Generalmajor 4. Panzer-Division Awarded 46th Swords 31 January 1944
27th Diamonds 8 May 1945
282 Gollnick, Hans Heer Generalleutnant 36. Infanterie-Division
283 Eidel, Alfred Heer Major I./Infanterie-Regiment 171
284 Schultz, Paul Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 308
285 von Cossel, Hans-Detloff* Heer Major 1./Panzer-Regiment 35
286 Krüger, Walter Waffen-SS SS-Gruppenführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Das Reich" Awarded 120th Swords 11 January 1945
287 Rocholl, Rolf* Heer Hauptmann III./Grenadier-Regiment 569
288 Grasser, Hartmann Luftwaffe Major II./Jagdgeschwader 51
289 Ettel, Wolf-Udo* Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 8./Jagdgeschwader 27
290 Prinz von Sayn-Wittgenstein, Heinrich Luftwaffe Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 Awarded 44th Swords 23 January 1944
291 Zorn, Hans* Heer General der Infanterie XXXXVI. Panzerkorps
292 Großmann, Horst Heer Generalleutnant 6. Infanterie-Division
293 Nowotny, Walter Luftwaffe Oberleutnant 1./Jagdgeschwader 54 Awarded 37th Swords 22 September 1943
8th Diamonds 20 October 1943
294 Lemelsen, Joachim Heer General der Panzertruppe XXXXVII. Panzerkorps
295 Jaschke, Erich Heer General der Infanterie LV. Armeekorps
296 Harmel, Heinz Waffen-SS SS-Standartenführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 Awarded 116th Swords 15 December 1944
297 Prieß, Hermann Waffen-SS SS-Brigadeführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Totenkopf" Awarded 65th Swords 24 April 1944
298 Hoßbach, Friedrich Heer Generalleutnant LVI. Panzerkorps
299 Thomaschki, Siegfried Heer Generalleutnant 11. Infanterie-Division
300 Lange, Dr. med.dent. Walter Heer Oberst of the Reserves Grenadier-Regiment 43
301 Pape, Günther Heer Oberst Panzergrenadier-Regiment 394
302 Tolsdorff, Theodor Heer Major I./Füsilier-Regiment 22 Awarded 80th Swords 18 July 1944
25th Diamonds 18 March 1945
303 Stadler, Sylvester Waffen-SS SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Der Führer" Awarded 152nd Swords 6 May 1945
304 Kleemann, Ulrich Heer Generalleutnant Sturm-Division "Rhodos"
305 Student, Kurt Luftwaffe General der Flieger XI. Fliegerkorps
306 Reinhardt, Alfred-Hermann Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 421 Awarded 118th Swords 24 December 1944
307 Fritsche, Hans Heer Major I./Grenadier-Regiment 528
308 Spranz, Bodo Heer Oberleutnant 1./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 237
309 Schreiber, Josef Heer Oberfeldwebel 7./Sturm-Regiment 14
310 Meierdress, Hubert-Erwin Waffen-SS SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 3
311 Pestke, Hans-Gotthard Heer Hauptmann I./Grenadier-Regiment 176
312 Ringel, Julius Heer Generalleutnant 5. Gebirgs-Division
313 Freiherr von Roman, Rudolf Heer General der Artillerie XX. Armeekorps
314 Voß, Ernst* Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 585
315 Gille, Herbert Waffen-SS SS-Brigadeführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Wiking" Awarded 47th Swords 20 February 1944
12th Diamonds 19 April 1944
316 Graf von der Goltz, Albert Heer Oberstleutnant of the Reserves Grenadier-Regiment 575
317 Ziemer, Ernst Heer Hauptmann 1./Grenadier-Regiment 94
318 König, Eugen Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 451
319 Recknagel, Hermann Heer Generalleutnant 111. Infanterie-Division Awarded 104th Swords 23 October 1944
320 Grabert, Siegfried* Heer Hauptmann of the Reserves 8./Lehr-Regiment "Brandenburg"
321 Kiesling, Heinrich Heer Major Grenadier-Regiment 529
322 von Knobelsdorff, Otto Heer General der Panzertruppe XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps Awarded 100th Swords 21 September 1944
323 de Angelis, Maximilian Heer General der Artillerie XXXXIV. Armeekorps
324 Brandenberger, Erich Heer General der Artillerie XXIX. Armeekorps
325 Remer, Otto-Ernst Heer Major I./Grenadier-Regiment "Großdeutschland"
326 Christiansen, Georg Kriegsmarine Korvettenkapitän 1. Schnellbootsflottille
327 Dorr, Hans Waffen-SS SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Germania" Awarded 77th Swords 9 July 1944
328 Heindl, Josef* Heer Major of the Reserves Grenadier-Regiment 199 "List"
329 Johannmeyer, Willy Heer Hauptmann II./Infanterie-Regiment 503
330 Brill, Dr.-Ing. Karl-Friedrich* Kriegsmarine Korvettenkapitän of the Reserves Minenschiff "Juminda" Killed in action 22 October 1943
331 Block, Johannes Heer Generalleutnant 294. Infanterie-Division
332 von Manteuffel, Hasso Heer Generalmajor 7. Panzer-Division Awarded 50th Swords 22 February 1944
24th Diamonds 18 February 1945
333 Heinrici, Gotthard Heer Generaloberst 4. Armee Awarded 136th Swords 3 March 1945
334 Schmidt, Hans Heer General der Infanterie IX. Armeekorps
335 Mauss, Dr. med. dent. Karl Heer Oberst Panzergrenadier-Regiment 33 Awarded 101st Swords 23 October 1944
26th Diamonds 15 April 1945
336 Freiherr von Beust, Hans-Henning Luftwaffe Oberstleutnant Kampfgeschwader 27
337 Hrabak, Dietrich Luftwaffe Oberstleutnant Jagdgeschwader 52
338 Lemke, Wilhelm Luftwaffe Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of II./Jagdgeschwader 3
339 Schünemann, Otto Heer Generalleutnant 337. Infanterie-Division
340 Hartmann, Walter Heer Generalleutnant 87. Infanterie-Division Awarded 139th Swords 18 March 1945
341 Fricke, Ernst-August* Heer Major II./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 76
342 Wellmann, Ernst Heer Oberstleutnant Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3
343 Druffner, Alfred* Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 519
344 Grasser, Anton Heer Generalleutnant 25. Panzergrenadier-Division
345 Walter, Kurt Heer Oberstleutnant Grenadier-Regiment 11
346 Weitkunat, Adolf Heer Major of the Reserves Kampf-Bataillon 488
347 Elflein, Walter Heer Hauptmann of the Reserves leader of a Kampfgruppe in the 17. Infanterie-Division
348 Langkeit, Willi Heer Oberstleutnant Panzer-Regiment 36
349 Thorey, Andreas Heer Rittmeister Aufklärungs-Abteilung 94
350 Henrici, Sigfrid Heer General der Panzertruppe XXXX. Panzerkorps
351 Voigtsberger, Heinrich Heer Oberst Grenadier-Regiment 60
352 Baacke, Karl Heer Oberstleutnant Grenadier-Regiment 266
353 Tychsen, Christian Waffen-SS SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2
354 Müller, Alfred Heer Hauptmann Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 191
355 Kahler, Hans-Joachim Heer Oberstleutnant Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5
356 Kühl, Dr. jur. Ernst Luftwaffe Oberst of the Reserves Kampfgeschwader 55
357 von der Chevallerie, Kurt Heer General der Infanterie LIX. Armeekorps
358 Schmalz, Wilhelm Luftwaffe Oberst Brigade z.b.V.
359 Frey, Albert Waffen-SS SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
360 Ochs, Heinrich* Heer Leutnant 1./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 101


References

Specific
  1. Fellgiebel, p.112.
General


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