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Krakau, August

Date of birth:
September 12th, 1894 (Pirmasens/Palatinate, Germany)
Date of death:
January 7th, 1975 (Amberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1941
Action:
In the execution of operations on Crete, the commander of a Mountain Division, General Major Ringel, and as commanders of mountain regiments, the Colonels Utz, Jais and Krakau and the commander of a mountain artillery regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Wittmann, along with their subordinate troops had a decisive share.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 85
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1943
Action:
The 7th Mountain Division under the command of Lieutenant-General Krakau, effectively supported by units of the Air Force of Colonel-General Stumpff, has particularly excelled during the storming of a ridge and in the defense of the then incipient counter-attacks of superior enemy forces over weeks. The Soviets lost over 1,000 dead at this location alone. 50 heavily fortified enemy bunkers were taken.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
June 17th, 1917
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1918
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1918
Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (1918)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1917
Militärverdienstkreuz II. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
May 2nd, 1918
Militärverdienstkreuz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 12th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914

Sources

  • - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum