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Both, von, Kuno-Hans

Date of birth:
April 9th, 1884 (Zabern/Alsace, Germany)
Date of death:
May 22nd, 1955 (Ehlen/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Rank: General der Infanterie

Kuno-Hans von Both received the Pour-le-Merite during the First World War.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1914
Ehrenkreuz IV. Klasse des Fürstlich Lippischen Gesamthauses
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1917
Ritter des Königlicher Preussischer Hausordens von Hohenzollern
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
April 10th, 1918
Pour le Mérite
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
May 10th, 1918
Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (1918)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 27th, 1918
With swords
IV. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1934
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-General of Infantry)
Unit:
Kommandierender General I. Armee-Korps
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes why Both was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Thanks to the clear and purposeful leadership of General von Both, the Korps and its subordinated Divisionen were able to thrust out of the vicinity of Naumiestis (east of Heydekrug) as far as Schaulen over the course of a 5 day advance despite the fierce Russian resistance and the difficult terrain. With the capture of Schaulen the Russians lost both a key defensive position and the main supply base for their soldiers in the area before the 18. Armee. Despite the great difficulties involved, General von Both was always forward and with his men. Early on the 22.06.1941 he personally conducted important reconnaissance at the Jura river, and the result was that the Russians were no longer able to maintain their positions.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie
Unit:
Kommandierender General I.Armeekorps
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Ehrenzeichen des 9. November 1923 (Blutorden)

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