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Källner, Hans

Date of birth:
October 9th, 1898 (Kattowitz/Upper Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
April 18th, 1945 (near Sokolnice/Olomouc Region, Czechoslovakia)
Buried on:
German War Graves Brno
Plot: 79B. Row: 32. Grave: 1478.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

In service from June 6th 1915.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Aufklärungsabteilung 11 / 11.(mot.)Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on September 3rd 1917.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Aufklärungsabteilung 11 / 11.(mot.)Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on August 4th 1918.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Aufklärungsabteilung 11 / 11.(mot.)Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
July 17th, 1941
83rd Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 / 11.(mot.)Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1941
Award 1/23.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 73 / 19.Panzerdivision / XXXX.Panzer-Korps / 4.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
May 3rd, 1942
During April 1942, in the area west of Kaluga, a freshly arrived Soviet rifle division launched an advance that got to within 3 km of the the Roslawl—Juchnow road. In response Oberst Källner took command of the first friendly battalion that arrived on the scene, retook those villages that had been lost in a counterattack and pushed the enemy away far enough so that they could no longer take the road under fire. In doing this the enemy breakthrough attempt was also brought to a halt. For this action Källner would receive the Knight’s Cross.
967th Award.
Submitted on April 24th 1942.
Preliminary document and decoration on May 6th 1942 to AOK 4.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 19.Panzer-Division / XXXXVIII.Panzer-Korps / 4.Panzerarmee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
February 12th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
On the 24.12.1943 the Soviet winter offensive east of Zhitomir commenced. In the sector of the 19. Panzer-Division, a breakthrough in the neighbouring unit forced the Division to pull back. In three days of bitter fighting that followed, the Division managed to prevent an enemy breakthrough and destroy about 50 tanks and 20 guns despite bad weather and inadequate logistical support. It later was able to rejoin the new German defensive front near Zhitomir. For his leadership during this battle Källner would be awarded the Oakleaves.
392th Award.
Submitted on February 3rd 1944.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 19.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1944
Awarded for his leadership of the Division north of Warsaw in August 1944, during which his Division succeeded in enabling other German forces to build a new defensive line on the western bank of the Vistula.
106th Award.
Submitted on October 8th 1944.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)

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