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Knaust, Hans-Peter

Date of birth:
August 7th, 1906 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
October 22nd, 1983 (Kevelaer/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
II. / Schützen-Regiment 4
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Kampfgruppe "Sonnestuhl" / II.SS-Panzerkorps
Awarded on:
September 28th, 1944
Awarded for his bravery and achievements during the German defense against Operation Market-Garden, in which he was among the first to put up significant resistance against the allies with an alarm unit.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Regiment "Knaust" / 490. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
April 17th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his successes during the defensive battles on the western front in early 1945. His skillful leadership was largely responsible for ensuring that the allied attempt at a breakthrough at the southwest edge of the Teutoburg forest towards Ibbenbüren came to nought, and that a new defensive front could be created here.

Later, during the hard defensive battle on the 05-06.04.1945 at Dreierwalde and Hopsten, counterthrusts personally led by Knaust succeeded in destroying 2 enemy tanks, capturing another 2 and capturing a number of prisoners. Though his prosthetic leg was shot up badly in this fight, he continued to lead his Kampfgruppe and thereby permitted the disengagement of the 15. Panzergrenadier-Division.

843rd Award.
Last formally assigned number in the row of the Eichenlaub.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 18th, 1945
The 490th Infantry Division under the command of Colonel Behrend, awarded with the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, has excelled by showing exemplary steadfastness in the heavy fighting in north-western Germany. The winner of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Lieutenant Colonel Knaust, regimental commander in this division, has personally particularly distinguished himself in these battles.

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