Hans-Gotthard Pestke

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Hans-Gotthard Pestke
Born (1914-06-17)17 June 1914
Preußisch-Stargard
Died 30 April 2001(2001-04-30) (aged 86)
Celle
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935–1945
1956–1972
Rank Oberst
Commands held I./Grenadier-Regiment 176
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hans-Gotthard Pestke (17 June 1914 – 30 April 2001) was a highly decorated Oberst 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. Hans-Gotthard Pestke was captured by British troops in May 1945 and was released in 1947. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr and served until 1972.

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Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 146.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 273.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 63.
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. 
  • Kurowski, Franz (2010). Panzergrenadier Aces: German Mechanized Infantryment in World War II. Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-0656-8. 
  • 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 (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Gerhart Schirmer
Commander of Luftlandebrigade 25
December 1962 – April 1965
Succeeded by
Oberst Hans Teusen