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Kreysing, Hans

Date of birth:
August 17th, 1890 (Göttingen, Germany)
Date of death:
April 14th, 1969 (Oldenburg/Niedersachsen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 16, 22. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1940
Awarded for his actions during the German air-landing operation at Waalhaven on the 10.05.1940. He was able to recognize a dangerous flank threat at an early stage and following swift countermeasures was able to prevent the advance of an enemy division.
Awarding date according to the awarding document.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 3. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 26th, 1941
Vapaudenristin 1.luokka (VR 1)
Awarded with swords.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 3. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 20th, 1943
At Millerovo, on the Middle Don, Kreysing commanded the aptly titled Gruppe Kreysing with great success. While defending the village he became totally surrounded by enemy forces for some time, before breaking out and reaching German lines successfully. His defense behind enemy lines tied down three Soviet corps and thereby brought significant relief for the whole Armee’s sector as well as time to build a new front. For this achievement, and getting away with it no less, he would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
183rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Gebirgstruppe (Lieutenant General of Mountain Forces)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XVII. Armeekorps, Heer
Awarded on:
April 13th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Awarded for his determined defense of the Zaporozhye and Nikopol bridgeheads in late 1943 / early 1944.
63rd Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 18th, 1944
In heavy fighting around Nikopol in the period between November 5th, 1943 and February 15th, 1944, divisions from the Eastmark, Bavaria, Rhineland-Pfalz, Saxonia, Mecklenburg, Pommerania and east Prussia, commanded by General der Bergtruppen Schörner and the generals Brandenberger, Mieth and Kreysing have thwarted, in defence and attack, fierce attempts at break through by the Bolshevists and inflicted heavy casualties on them. 1.754 tanks, 533 artillery pieces, countless other weapens and military equipment were either captured or destroyed and 56 enemy aircraft were downed by infantry weapons.
Wehrmachtbericht

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