- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Hauptscharführer (Warrant Officer)
- Zugführer 4. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 / 2.SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich" / Heeresgruppe Süd
- Awarded on:
- July 13th, 1943
Kloskowski’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“Kloskowski was already recommended for the award of the Knight’s Cross in November 1941. He had set out towards Moshaisk with a recon troop, captured the village on his own initiative, and then gave the enemy the impression of stronger forces through skillful leadership in such a way that they gave it up completely. By this the Division was able to reach its attack objective almost without loss.
The recommendation was however turned down by the Division, as Kloskowski had just recently been decorated with the Iron Cross First Class.
In more recent operations Kloskowski has once again especially distinguished himself as a Zugführer, having shown extraordinary bravery and self-reliant initiative (especially when employed as a point Zugführer) in several operations of the Abteilung and the Kompanie. In this context he was credited with the confirmed destruction of 9 heavy/medium Pak, 12-15 anti-tank rifles, 8 heavy mortars and 1 artillery piece.
Kloskowski has now outstandingly distinguished himself in the operation against Pawlograd. Leading the point Zug 10 minutes ahead of the Abteilung along the only negotiable road embankment, he destroyed a total of 4 anti-tank guns, 1 armoured car and 8 trucks up until reaching the city’s edge. In the western part of Pawlograd Kloskowski drove to the large bridge over the Woltschja against a Pakfront and enemy infantry (the latter being particularly abundant at the bridge supports). Although Kloskowski had orders to halt in the face of strong resistance and, in this case, tie down the enemy until the arrival of the Abteilung, he carried on across the bridge on his own initiative, eliminating the 3 enemy anti-tank guns and the Russians at the bridge. In the process he stalked 3 defending T-34s, forcing them to retreat with concentrated fire and later destroying another one. At the head of the Abteilung he fought his way further through the village, and in the process destroyed the 3 aforementioned T-34s as well as 4 anti-tank guns, 1 Katyusha and 12 occupied Russian trucks.
Through this swift capture of the bridge and the swift thrust through the 8 km long village at the head of his Kompanie, he is significantly associated with the victory here. Only through this swift and independently made and conducted decision was it possible for the Division to capture the village and destroy/scatter the bulk of a Russian brigade (the staff of which was located in the village) with minimal friendly losses.
Kloskowski is also worthy of this high award due to his persistent, exemplary fulfillment of his duties. He is an energetic NCO, distinguished in all crises, and a man with a respectable character.”
Submitted on March 26th 1943.
Preliminary document and decoration on July 16th 1943 to Heeresgruppe Süd.
Most sources keep July 11th 1943 as the date of receiving the Knights Cross. On the "vorschlagen" to the DKiG and Nennung im Ehrenblatt the date for receiving the Knights Cross is however stated as July 13th 1943.