Fritz Klasing

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Fritz Klasing
Born (1891-12-23)23 December 1891
Bielefeld
Died 29 April 1966(1966-04-29) (aged 74)
Münster
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1913–1920, 1935–1945
Rank Oberst of the Reserves
Unit 102. Infanterie-Division
Commands held 58. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Fritz Klasing (23 December 1891 – 29 April 1966) was a highly decorated Oberst of the Reserves in the Wehrmacht during World War II who briefly led the 58th Infantry Division. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) during World War II. 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.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht references[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
24 January 1944 In den schweren Abwehrkämpfen der letzten Tage haben sich unter Führung des Oberstleutnants Klasing das Grenadierregiment 446 mit dem unterstellten Sicherungsbataillonen 738 und 793 und das II. Bataillon des Grenadierregiments 464 unter Führung des Hauptmanns Emmerling besonders bewährt.[6] In the heavy defensive battles of the last days, have the under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Klasing Grenadier Regiment 446 with the subordinated security battalions 738 and 793 and the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Regiment 464 under the leadership of Captain Emmerling, particularly proven themselves.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 369.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 230.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 444.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 257.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 97.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 16.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Curt Siewert
Commander of 58. Infanterie-Division
13 April 1945 – May 1945
Succeeded by
disbanded