- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Bridadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
- Kommandeur SS-Division "Das Reich"(motorisiert) / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- March 31st, 1942
Kleinheisterkamp’s first Knight’s Cross recommendation highlighted his bravery and energy during the capture of the causeway from Bevelund to Walcheren. This was however turned down. The second Knight’s Cross recommendation was on the grounds of his swift capture of Rosenow and its undamaged bridges on the 04.07.1941 as well as his breakthrough of the Stalin Line with the subsequent capture of Sebesh on the 06.07.1941. This too was turned down.
It was only after a third Knight’s Cross recommendation, which covered his fighting in the area of the XXXXVI. Panzerkorps during early 1942, that he was finally decorated with the high award. This last recommendation reads as follows…
“I fully endorse this favourable assessment. As the acting divisional commander of the SS-Div. ‘Das Reich’ during the especially hard winter fighting in the time period 10.01.-15.03.1942, Brigadeführer Kleinheisterkamp repeatedly distinguished himself. He is a commander that can be depended on in every situation and I recommend him for the Knight’s Cross.
Did his job very well. Is totally suited to be the divisional commander.”