Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients 1941–45

Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients 1941–45

Elite 133
  • Author: Gordon Williamson
  • Illustrator: Ramiro Bujeiro
  • Short code: ELI 133
  • Publication Date: 10 Sep 2005
  • Number of Pages: 64
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On 21 June 1941, as the Wehrmachtstormed forward across the frontiers of the Soviet Union, Hitler instituted a new higher grade of the Knight's Cross decoration for gallantry and leadership: the silver clasp of the Oak-Leaves with Swords. It would be awarded to only 159 men of the approximately 15 million who served in the German armed forces during World War II. This third in a sequence of four titles describes and illustrates a selection of the recipients: from much-wounded front line infantry officers, to Hitler's ‘brother-in-law'; from a sergeant pilot fighter ace, to the commanding general of the greatest tank force ever gathered on the Russian Front.

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 number of World War II titles for Osprey. He lives in Edinburgh, UK.Ramiro Bujeiro has become a frequent and popular contributor to Osprey Military's book series since illustrating Warrior 23, US Marine in Vietnam (1998). 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.


Introduction Description Awards Distribution of the Awards Recipients Glossary Colour Plate Commentary Index

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