14 September 1917|
|Died||23 October 1999
|Years of service||1938–1945|
|Commands held||I./Grenadier-Regiment 698|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
|Other work||Cement plant worker|
Ernst Schneck (14 September 1917 – 23 October 1999) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, and 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 awarded. Ernst Schneck was captured by Soviet troops in 1945 and was released in 1949.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (12 November 1941)
- 1st Class (26 August 1942)
- Honour Roll Clasp of the Army (5 April 1945)
- Infantry Assault Badge in Silver
- Tank Destruction Badge in Silver
- Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze
- in Silver
- in Gold (1 March 1945)
- German Cross in Gold (7 October 1943)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 16 November 1944 as Hauptmann der Reserves and commander of I./Grenadier-Regiment 698 
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 312.
- Berger, Florian (2004). Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold [Knight's Cross Bearers with the Close Combat Clasp in Gold] (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-3-7.
- 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.