|Born||24 January 1900
Lauenburg, Province of Schleswig-Holstein, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
|Died||17 June 1966
Georgenhof, Bavaria, West Germany
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1920)
|Years of service||1917–20
|Commands held||II./Panzer-Regiment 31
7. Panzer Division
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Hans Christern (24 January 1900 – 17 June 1966) 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. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Christern took over command of the 7th Panzer Division in March 1945 following a severe injury to the division's commander, Generalmajor Dr. Karl Mauss. Christern led the remnants of the division to Schwerin north and west of Berlin, where they surrendered to British troops in May 1945. He was held by the British until January 1946.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class
- Wound Badge (1914)
- in Black
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Wound Badge (1939)
- in Silver
- Panzer Badge
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 31 January 1941 as Major and commander of the II./Panzer-Regiment 31
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 130.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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.
- 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.
Generalmajor Dr. Karl Mauss
|Commander of 7. Panzer-Division
26 March 1945 – 8 May 1945