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Krag, Ernst-August

Date of birth:
February 20th, 1915 (Wiesbaden-Erbenheim/Hessen, Germany)
Date of death:
May 24th, 1994 (Niedernhausen/Wiesbaden/Hessen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 27th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1942
Bronze version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer
Unit:
2. / SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 2
Awarded on:
April 9th, 1943
Award 352/19.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 3rd, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 26th, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 2nd, 1944
Panzerkampfabzeichen II Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 12th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 „Das Reich“ / 2.SS-Panzer-Division „Das Reich“ / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1944
Krag’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“After the 2. SS-Panzer-Division ‘Das Reich’ had broken out of the area northeast of Avranches towards the southeast on the night of the 28./29.07.1944, it aimed to create a new frontline along the line Percy-Sourdeval. In this time SS-Sturmbannführer Krag built up a blocking line on his own initiative opposite the enemy forces that had penetrated into Gavray. By this he prevented a hostile thrust into the deep flank of the Division.

Krag acted within a clear understanding of the situation, and despite being all on his own with only weak forces at hand he managed to achieve a full defensive success against overwhelming enemy armoured forces. This brave battle fought by SS-Sturmbannführer Krag and his Abteilung enabled his Division and the other units of the LXXXIV. Korps to build a new front.

Krag and his Abteilung destroyed 9 enemy tanks in the Gavray area, along with a great number of armoured and unarmoured vehicles. They also inflicted bloody personnel losses upon the foe.

Krag is a brave and exemplary leader. On the grounds of his initiative and brave personal actions I hold him as worthy to be awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross.”
3915th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 / 2.SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich” / 6. SS-Panzer-Armee / Oberbefehlshaber West
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Krag’s Oakleaves recommendation reads as follows…

“On the 02.01.1945 Krag and his A.A. managed to intercept a strong enemy breakthrough east of Malempre (supported by 22 tanks) in their blocking position near Belle Haie, and inflict heavy losses on the foe. In heavy combat they prevented the enemy from advancing to the crossroads at Baraque de Fraiture, a location of great importance for the continuation of the fighting in the area. Krag would go on to withstand a further strong enemy thrust on the 04.01.1945, despite having open flanks on both sides, and again inflict heavy losses. In this engagement he launched a bold counterthrust with 8 Pionieren that succeeded in eliminating an enemy penetration and ensuring that the friendly blocking position remained firmly in our control by the evening of the day.

Through these actions conducted in the positions before the crossroads at Baraque de Fraiture, done in spite of a danger of encirclement and a minimal number of men and weapons, Krag enabled the withdrawal of friendly elements to both the left and right. His accomplishments also gave the leadership an opportunity to undertake the urgently necessary repositioning of forces, forced the enemy to regroup and prevented the potential enemy breakthrough towards the southeast.”
755th Award

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