- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
- II. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 / 9.SS-Panzer-Division “Hohenstaufen” / II.SS-Panzer-Korps / Heeresgruppe B
- Awarded on:
- August 23rd, 1944
Telkamp’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“SS-Sturmbannführer Telkamp has already distinguished himself in the East during the operation against Tarnopol as the commander of the newly formed II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 9, part of the young Panzer-Regiment ‘Hohenstaufen’. It is to his sole credit that the armoured breakthrough south of Horodyce (on the 14.04.1944) succeeded in advancing as far as Chodackow Wielki.
While serving in the west, Telkamp and his Abteilung destroyed 100 enemy tanks in the time period 29.06.-18.07.1944. These results were achieved in hard offensive and defensive battles against hitherto unseen enemy power, and in terrain that was relatively unsuitable for armoured operations no less. These results are in large part due to the personal merit of the Abteilung commander. His tireless activity during personal reconnaissance of the terrain, his precise instructions to his units, the skillful supervision and coordination of his Kompanien, and above all his constant personal presence at the hotspots of the fighting enabled these results to be achieved. By these attributes Telkamp has a decisive share in the tactical successes of the Division.
One of these was his thrust into the enemy flank during the first combat phase, which prevented the enemy from achieving their objective of Hill 112. The enemy, who had already reached the reverse slope of Hill 112 during the course of the 01.07.1944 with a force of 62 counted AFVs, was forced to fall back due to the heavy tank losses (24) inflicted by the II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 9.
Through their renewed tank losses on the 01.07.1944 (36), the enemy pressure on the I. SS-Pz.Korps near Caen was reduced enough to a point where the threat of a possible encirclement was averted.
Through the counterattack of the II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 9 (42 Panzers) against Eterville on the 10.07.1944, conducted after a forced march from the rear via Maltot, the enemy pressure against Hills 112 and 113 was reduced enough that these hills could be held.
During the counterattack against Bougy on the 16.07.1944, the Panzers of the II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 9 reached the first attack objective ahead of the Grenadiers in a bold thrust. 20 enemy tanks were destroyed in this area. Thereafter, in cooperation with the Aufklärungs-Abteilung 9, elements of the II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 9 (27 Panzers) were dispatched to eliminate a penetration at Noyers. They are credited with a major share in the defensive victory against the repeated enemy thrusts (which had strong tank support).
Maps with the kill claim locations, as well as combat reports, are attached.”