List of Knight's Cross recipients 6th SS Gebirgs Division Nord

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Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Awarded by Nazi Germany
Type Neck order
Eligibility Military personnel
Awarded for Awarded to holders of the Iron Cross to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Campaign World War II
Status Obsolete
Statistics
Established 1 September 1939
First awarded 30 September 1939
Last awarded 11 May 1945 / 17 June 1945[a]
Precedence
Next (higher) Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
Next (lower) Iron Cross 1st Class
6th SS Division Logo.svg
Insignia of 6th SS Gebirgs Division Nord

The SS Division "Nord" was a German unit of the Waffen-SS. It was formed as SS-Kampfgruppe "Nord" in February 1941 in Norway but it was redesignated as a division in September 1941.

The division was composed of SS men used for garrison duties in Norway. It was transferred to Finnish Lapland prior to Operation Barbarossa as part of the German XXXVI Corps under AOK Norwegen. In July 1941 the division took part in Operation Silberfuchs with the German 169th Division and the Finnish 6th Division. Due to lack of training the soldiers were routed in the first attack against the Soviet forces at Salla.

Prerequisites[edit]

To qualify for the Knight's Cross, a soldier had to already hold the 1939 Iron Cross First Class, though the Iron Cross I Class was awarded concurrently with the Knight's Cross in rare cases. Unit commanders could also be awarded the medal for exemplary conduct by the unit as a whole.

Grades[edit]

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades were based on four separate enactments. The first enactment of September 1, 1939 instituted the Iron Cross and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. As the war progressed, a higher grade, the Oak Leaves to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was instituted on June 3, 1940. In 1941 two higher grades of the Knight's Cross were instituted: the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.The last and final grade, the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds was introduced on December 29, 1944.

Knight's Cross[edit]

HQ staff[edit]

Gottlieb Renz displaying Knight's Cross

SS Gebirgsjäger Regiment 11[edit]

SS Gebirgsjäger Regiment 12[edit]

SS Schützen Battalion 6[edit]

SS Panzergrenadier Battalion 506[edit]

[attached to 416th Inf Div in Feb 1945 ; Westwall defense area Hamm/Saarschleife]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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.