Noak, Karl-Heinz

Date of birth:
July 30th, 1916 (Berlin/Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
November 14th, 1978 (Koblenz/Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 2. / Panzerjäger-Abteilung 46 / 44. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for his actions during the Battle of France, specifically his contributions during the advance to the Loire bridge at Beaugency in the time period 17-18.06.1940. By his actions it was possible to capture the bridge undamaged, permitting the 44. and part of the 9. Infanterie-Divisionen to cross here the same day. This was all the more significant by the fact that, over a distance of 90 km between Amboise and Orleans, this was the only useable crossing point remaining.
Details:
147th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1941
Details:
95th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 1. / Panzerjäger-Abteilung 137 / 137. Infanterie-Division / IX.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
January 16th, 1942
Action:
On 26-27.06.1941 the 137. Infanterie-Division began its push through the thick forests near Bialowic. In its sector, only one retreat road was available to the enemy in the area. Oberleutnant Noak, commanding the lead Kompanie of the Pionier-Bataillon 137 reinforced with some troops from the Infanterie-Regiment 448, was tasked with moving north and blocking this road. However the Germans had made a mistake with their force positioning, and Noak’s Kompanie would end up facing the retreating Soviets alone. Recalling it was no longer possible. Even so, it stood as a lone wave breaker among the flow of retreating Soviet troops, during a battle in which Noak demonstrating outstanding leadership. For this action he would be decorated with the Oakleaves.
Details:
63rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654
Awarded on:
January 6th, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 675/60

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