Panzerjager Oberleutnant Knights Cross
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Panzerjager Oberleutnant Knights Cross Winner

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This combat veteran is an Oberleutnant in a Panzerjager Regiment. He is a hardcore combat veteran who has been generously rewarded for his bravery and leadership. He has been awarded the Knights Cross, the German Cross in Gold, the Silver Close Combat clasp, the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class, the Silver Wound badge, the Genewral Assault badge and he also wears his Hitler Youth membership pin.

Panzerjäger units were either assigned as 14th companies in infantry regiments, or as a whole Abteilung (battalions) within Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions, in both SS and Heer (regular army). Independent battalions and regiments were used by Corps to protect most likely avenues of tank attacks, while divisions would often position their Panzerjäger on the flanks, or use them to support infantry advances against enemy using tanks.

When used with tanks, despite intense inter-branch rivalry, Panzerjäger would work in teams, with the tank crews enticing enemy tanks to fire, disclosing their position, and Panzerjäger engaging the enemy from a defilade. Panzerjäger were often called upon to provide direct high explosive supporting fire to infantry by destroying machinegun and artillery positions, particularly in urban fighting.

The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross / Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes was the highest award made by Germany to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or outstanding military leadership during World War II.

The Knight’s Cross grade of the Iron Cross was worn at the neck. It was instituted on the 1 September 1939. The order could be presented to German soldiers of all ranks and to the allies of the Third Reich. Its first presentation was made on 30 September 1939, following the German Invasion of Poland.

The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, including to a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle, or to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme gallantry.