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Kluge, von, Günther Hans

Date of birth:
October 30th, 1882 (Posen/Eastern-Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
August 16th, 1944 (Metz/Lorraine, France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General
Unit:
4.Armee
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber 4.Armee
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1939
Awarded for the outstanding leadership of the 4. Armee during the Polish campaign, especially in the fighting through the Tuchola forest.

1st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 7th, 1941
During the course of this great battle, the armies of Field Marshal von Kluge, Colonel General Strauß, and Freiherr von Weichs, the Armoured groups of Colonel-Generals Guderian and Hoth, and the Air Force detachments of Generals of the Air Loerzer and Baron von Richthofen were involved gloriously.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1941
In the execution of these operations were involved, the armies of Field Marshal von Kluge, Colonel Generals Freiherr von Weichs and Strauss as well as tank armies of Colonel General Guderian, Hoth, Hoeppner and General of Armoured Forces Reinhardt.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1941
In the execution of these operations were involved, the armies of Field Marshal von Kluge, Colonel Generals Freiherr von Weichs and Strauss as well as tank armies of Colonel-General Guderian, Hoth, Hoeppner and General of Armoured Forces Reinhardt.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his achievements on the eastern front. As commander of the 4. Armee he played an important role in liquidating the Soviet pockets at Bialystok, Minsk, Smolensk and Vyazma. He then later distinguished himself as the commander of Heeresgruppe Mitte itself during the war years 1942/1943.
181st Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
March 30th, 1944
Awarded for his command achievements in the east during the summer of 1943. The overwhelming Soviet superiority required a commander well-versed in the defense, and Kluge showed himself to be quite suitable for this role given the resources he had at his disposal.
40th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 6th, 1941
In nearly four weeks of struggle, the armies of Field Marshal von Kluge, Colonel-General Strauß and Colonel-General Freiherr von Weichs and the Panzer groups under Colonel General Guderian and Hoth have infringed tremendously bloody losses on the enemy. Roughly 310000 prisoners fell in our hands here. 3205 armored car, 3120 guns and incalculable other war materials were captured or destroyed.
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer, Netherlands
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1997.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Kursietis A.J., The wehrmacht at war 1939-1945 the units and commanders

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