Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 1939–40

Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 1939–40

Elite 114
  • Author: Gordon Williamson
  • Illustrator: Ramiro Bujeiro
  • Short code: ELI 114
  • Publication Date: 25 Jul 2004
  • Number of Pages: 64
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In 1939 a new grade in the Iron Cross series was introduced, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). It was awarded for a variety of reasons, from skilled leadership to a single act of extreme gallantry, and was bestowed across all ranks, grades, and branches of service. As the war progresed, further distinctions were created for bestowal on existing winners, namely Oak-Leaves (Eichenlaub); Oak-Leaves with Swords (Eichenlaub und Schwertern); and Oak-Leaves with Swords and Diamonds (Eichenlaub, Schwerter und Brillanten). This book, the first in a sequence of four, covers winners of the Knights Cross and the Oak-Leaves distinction in the period 1939-40.

Biographical Note

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is the author of a large number of World War II titles for Osprey, with a particular interest in the Kriegsmarine and the U-boat flotillas.Ramiro Bujeiro has become a frequent and popular contributor to Osprey books. He is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes many commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe and the Americas, including many years' work for IPC Magazines in Great Britain. His main interests are the political and military history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Contents

Introduction The Knight's Cross A description of the Knight's Cross The award process and documents Oak-Leaves, Swords and Diamonds distinctions Distribution of the awards Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves recipients Glossary Colour plate commentary Index

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