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Casper, Carl

Date of birth:
February 22nd, 1893 (Rehden / Graudenz, Germany)
Date of death:
August 24th, 1970 (Munich, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 30th, 1934
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  2. Klasse, 18 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 20th, 1940
Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 23rd, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 4th August 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 26th November 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 118 (motorisiert) / 36.Infanteriedivision (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1941
Received for action near Pskow on 8th July 1941.
135th Award.
To the Anerkennungsurkunde belonging Anerkennungsschreiben received on 20th July 1941.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandant Infanterie-Regiment 118 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1941
For action near Liepena, Lithuania on 4th July 1941.
84th mentioning in Ehrenblatt.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 7th, 1941
Bronze version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 118 (mot) / 36.Infanterie-Division (mot) / XLI. Armeekorps (mot) / Panzergruppe 4 / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes why Casper was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“On the 09.09.1941 Oberst Casper and his Regiment broke through the outer defensive ring of Petersburg following hard combat northwest of Krasnogvardeisk. Fighting as the attacking spearhead, he and his unit reached the distant daily objective (vital for the continuation of the XXXXI. Armee-Korps’ operations) in the late evening hours. Recognizing the enemy’s weak spot at a critical moment, he immediately dispatched a further Bataillon to the area and rushed to the foremost line. From here he inspired his soldiers to achieve an eventual decisive success.”
528th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber

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