^Hans Meier's nomination for the Oak Leaves was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) from the troop on 12 April 1945 and approved by all intermittent commanding officers. No further comments or indications of approval have been noted and left unfinished by the end of the war. A non contemporary file card notes an entry date 17 March 1945 which could be the nomination date of the troop. The nomination list for the higher grades of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross indicates an entry date 12 April 1945, no further date is listed. A comment states: "Unfinished". According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The sequential number "874" was assigned by the AKCR, the presentation date by Fellgiebel.
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1 Knight's Cross with Schützen-Regiment 73, Oak Leaves and Swords with the Stab. 2 Oak Leaves with the XXXXVIII. Panzer-Corps, Swords with the XXXX. Panzer-Corps. 3 Knight's Cross with Infanterie-Regiment 742 (702nd Infantry Division). This along with the ? (question mark) indicates doubt regarding the veracity and formal correctness of the listing.