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Esebeck, Freiherr von, Hans-Karl

Date of birth:
July 10th, 1892 (Potsdam/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 5th, 1955 (Dortmund-Bodelschwingh/North Rhine-Westphalia, germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  2. Klasse, 18 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  1.Klasse, 25 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur 6.Schützen-Brigade
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1940
The following wartime excerpt describes why von Esebeck would be awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Oberst Freiherr von Esebeck led his Abteilung with audacity and decisiveness during an assault that succeeded in capturing Fortress Epinal. The breakthrough of this line of forts was all the more impressive given that the enemy was still offering resistance in the forts as well as the terrain in-between them. Freiherr von Esebeck also repeatedly distinguished himself from the attack against the Maas river all the way up to reaching the French coast.”
116th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 2.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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