The remarkable early successes of the armed forces of the Third Reich prompted the decision that the supreme decoration for personal valour or outstanding leadership – the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross – was insufficient. To mark further acts of gallantry a new distinction was created in June 1940: the Oak-Leaves clasp. Further decorations in the form of the Swords and, finally, the Diamonds were added. This second title in our series describes and illustrates a selection of recipients of the Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves between 1941 and early 1944, when the Wehrmacht was engaged on all fronts, as well as at sea and in the air.
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INTRODUCTION The institution of the Oak-Leaves clasp Description Award case and documents KNIGHT'S CROSS AND OAK-LEAVES RECIPIENTS Kapitänleutnant Hans-Diederich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen Kapitänleutnant Friedrich Guggenberger Gefreiter Günther Halm Generalmajor Walther Nehring Hauptmann Johannes Kümmel Gefreiter Arnold Hübner Hauptmann Roland von Hösslin Oberleutnant Erhard Jähnert Hauptmann Josef Rettemeier Oberstleutnant Maximilian von Herff Hauptfeldwebel Wilhelm Wendt Major Helmut Hudel Oberstabsarzt Heinrich Neumann Hauptmann Siegfried Jamrowski Hauptmann Heinz Meyer Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Donth Oberleutnant zur See Siegfried Koitschka Oberleutnant Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt Hauptmann Johannes Steinhoff Leutnant Karl-Heinz Bendert Hauptmann Arbogast 'Erbo' von Kageneck Major Günther Freiherr von Maltzahn Oberleutnant Joachim MünchebergTHE PLATES INDEX