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Mauss, Dr. med. dent., Karl

Date of birth:
May 17th, 1898 (Plön/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
February 9th, 1959 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 69 (mot.) / 20.Infanteriedivision
Awarded on:
September 28th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on September 16th 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 69 (mot.) / 10.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
May 25th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on October 21st 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Schützen-Regiment 69, 10. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1941
On the night of 06-07.10.1941, after the Panzer-Abteilung had broken through to the highway, Oberstleutnant Mauss and his Bataillon captured the most important bridges and exits leading out of Vyazma. He then personally cleared the city of the enemy and with his weak forces created a provisional defensive position oriented towards the west. By this action Dr. Mauss ensured that the Vyazma pocket could already be closed off to the south, and was for this awarded the Knight’s Cross.
694th Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 33, 4. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Award 327/37
He is written in Patzwall / Scherzer as Mauss, Dr., Karl
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 33, 4. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1943
Awarded for his leadership of major elements of the 4. Panzer-Division throughout 1943. He particularly distinguished himself at the start of the year, in which he played a major role in saving the VII. Armee-Korps from annihilation in February of that year. He later also contributed significantly to the attack of the 4. Panzer-Division from Novgorod Sewerskij to Ssewsk (08-27.03.1943) which finally closed the gap between the 2. Armee and 2. Panzer-Armee, being particularly involved in the capture of Ssewsk itself.
335th Award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur 7.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
March 13th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
During the heavy defensive battles of the past few days in the area east of Tarnopol, the first SS-Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" under the deputy leadership of Obersturmbannführer Lehmann and the Thuringian 7th Panzer-Division under Colonel Dr. Mauss have proved themselves to be excellent.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 7.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Due to the heroic resistance of the troops of this corps, with decisive participation of the 7th Panzer-Division under Major General Mauß, was the intended breakthrough in the area north of Tilsit prevented, and thus laid the foundation for a further successful defense of the East Prussian border.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 7. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Awarded for his leadership of the 7. Panzer-Division in 1944. On the 23.03.1944 the Division was encircled at Satanowka. Dr. Mauss took control of a group of Panthers belonging to the 1. SS-Panzer Division, attacked towards the south and was able to make contact with the 1. Panzer-Armee. Later on the Division fought near Lida and in Lithuania, where it played a major role in hindering the Soviet advance towards Tilsit.
101st Award
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 7.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
February 20th, 1945
Wehrmachtbericht
In the heavy combat around Elbing, has with the Swords to the Oak Leaves of the Knight's Cross awarded commander of the 7th Panzer-Division, Lieutenant General Mauss, excelled through high personal bravery and determination. During an advance from Elbing to the west, he encouraged at the head of his division, himself fighting with the machine gun, by example his troops to great deeds.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 7. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 15th, 1945
Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
Awarded for the following actions…

- The battles near Tryskiai - Telsche, south of Plunge (05-08.10.1944).
- The battles in the area Marienburg-Elbing (27.01.-10.02.1945).
- The heavy fighting near Konitz (12-15.02.1945) and Rummelsburg (from the 28.02.1945).
- Reaching the Gotenhafen bridgehead (08-11.03.1945).
- Defending the Gotenhafen bridgehead (12-23.03.1945).
- Defending the Oxhöfter Kämpe until being badly wounded on the 25.03.1945.
26th Award

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