Traugott Kempas

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Traugott Kempas
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Born (1919-08-27)27 August 1919
Trappönen (now Nemanskoe), district of Tilsit-Ragnit, East Prussia
Died 13 March 1945(1945-03-13) (aged 25)
near Rosenwalde, East Prussia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1938–45
Rank Major
Commands held I. / Grenadier-Regiment 176
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Traugott Kempas (27 August 1919 – 13 March 1945) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was also awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold one of only 631 awards. He was killed in action on 13 March 1945 in the Heiligenbeil Pocket near Rosenwalde.

Awards and decorations

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thomas 1997, p. 355.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Berger 2004, p. 210.
  3. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 224.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 208.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 81.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). 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>
  • Berger, Florian (2004). Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-3-7. 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>
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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