|Born||12 February 1915
|Died||11 August 1944
|Years of service||1936–44|
SS Division Totenkopf
10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross I Class
Iron Cross II Class
Infantry Assault Badge
Eastern Front Medal 1941/42
Karl Bastian (12 February 1915 — 11 August 1944) was a Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize outstanding battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Karl Bastian was born on the 12 February 1915 in Oberhausen on the Rheinland. After finishing elementary school he volunteered to join the SS-VT in October 1936. He was assigned to the 5th Company, 2nd SS Totenkopf Infantry Regiment.
World War II
By April 1944 he had been promoted to Hauptsturmführer and was the commander of the II.Battalion, 21 SS Panzergrenadier Regiment, 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg. In June 1944, they were serving on the Western Front in Normandy in the Caen area. In an attempt to improve their own front line a company attack was ordered on a small hamlet in July. On the night on the 22 July Hauptsturmführer Bastian joined his men in the attack using hand grenades to clear houses and bunkers they engaged the defenders in hand to hand combat. The attack was successful and 67 prisoners were taken and maps and other documents captured, which they used to improve their own positions around Hill 112.
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