List of Knight's Cross recipients 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer

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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

The 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer was a Waffen-SS cavalry division. In March 1944, it was named after Florian Geyer (1490–1525), a Franconian nobleman who led the Black Company during the German Peasants' War. The 8th Division was created in 1942 based on earlier Waffen-SS cavalry units. About 40% were ethnic Germans from Siebenbürgen and Banat.[1]

Grades[edit]

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was divided into five grades, excluding the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross:

  • Knights Cross
  • Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and swords
  • Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
  • Knights Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds

Knight's Cross with Swords[edit]

Knight's Cross with Oakleaves[edit]

Knight’s Cross[edit]

SS Cavalry Brigade[edit]

HQ Staff[edit]

Hermann Fegelein with Knight's Cross

SS Cavalry Regiment 1 Florian Geyer[edit]

SS Cavalry Regiment 2[edit]

SS Cavalry Regiment 15 Florian Geyer[edit]

SS Cavalry Regiment 16 Florian Geyer[edit]

SS Cavalry Regiment 18 Florian Geyer[edit]

SS Artillery Regiment 8 Florian Geyer[edit]

SS Panzerjäger Battalion 8 Florian Geyer[edit]

SS Reconnaissance Battalion 8 Florian Geyer[edit]

See also[edit]

8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer

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.