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Bismarck, von, Klaus

Date of birth:
March 6th, 1912 (Jarchlin, Germany)
Date of death:
May 22nd, 1997 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer II. / Infanterie-Regiment 4
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes why Bismarck was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Oberleutnant von Bismarck significantly contributed to the capture of the important communications junction of Demyansk through the attack that he carried out on his own initiative and with outstanding personal bravery. On the following day he once again distinguished himself through his ruthlessness and initiative, launching an attack near Arkadowo that prevented a breakout by the enemy forces encircled in the Demyansk pocket.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 4
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
The following press excerpt describes why Bismarck was awarded the Oakleaves…

“At the beginning of the Second Battle of Courland the Kolberger Grenadier-Regiment 4 was attacked by several Soviet divisions. Its commander, Major von Bismarck, was able to masterfully organize the resistance of his troops through his continual intervention at the hotspots of the fighting. In the process he led 3 successful counterthrusts with his regimental reserve under the heaviest Bolshevik fire. The steadfastness of his Regiment created the necessary conditions for the restoration of the situation. The Regiment and its commander were named in a Wehrmachtbericht supplement of the 24.11.1944.”
669th Award.
Awarded on:
October 3rd, 1973
Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Großes Verdienstkreuz mit Stern des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Awarded on:
June 2nd, 1989

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