|Dr. agrar. Hermann Bracher|
28 September 1895|
|Died||29 October 1974
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1919)
|Years of service||1913–1919
|Commands held||Infanterie-Regiment 480
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Dr. agrar. Hermann Julius Bracher[Note 1] (28 September 1895 – 29 October 1974) was a highly decorated Oberst in the German military during World War I and in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hermann Bracher was captured by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration in 1944. He was a prisoner of war in the Soviet forced labour camp Vorkuta (Воркута) north of the Polar circle in Siberia. Unlike most of his fellow prisoners, he survived and returned home to his wife and four children to Tübingen on 2 January 1954.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1914)
- Wound Badge (1914)
- in Black
- in Silver (23 June 1918)
- Imperial and Royal Austrian Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration (8 March 1916)
- Knight's Cross of the House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords (24 November 1917)
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (25 January 1935)
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939)
- Infantry Assault Badge (1 December 1941)
- Eastern Front Medal (25 July 1942)
- Wound Badge (1939)
- in Gold (28 November 1942)
- German Cross in Gold on 22 November 1941 as Major in the II./Infanterie-Regiment 480
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 23 August 1943 as Oberst and commander of Grenadier-Regiment 460
- Thomas and Wegmann 1993, p. 16.
- Thomas and Wegmann 1993, p. 17.
- Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 55.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 120.
- 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; Wegmann, Günter (1993). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil III: Infanterie Band 3: Br–Bu [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part III: Infantry Volume 3: Br–Bu] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-1734-3.