Richard John (soldier)

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Richard John
Born 11 April 1916
Loos
Died 21 June 2010(2010-06-21) (aged 94)
Braunschweig
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Bundeswehr
Years of service 1939–45
1956–68
Rank Oberfeldwebel (Wehrmacht)
Hauptfeldwebel (Bundeswehr)
Unit Grenadier-Regiment 445
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Richard John (11 April 1916 – 21 June 2010) was a highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Richard John was captured by Soviet forces at the end of the war and was held until 1955. He joined the Bundeswehr in 1956 and retired in 1968 as a Hauptfeldwebel.

Awards and decorations

References

Citations

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 202.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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