|Clemens-Heinrich Graf von Kageneck|
|Born||17 October 1913|
|Died||18 March 2005(aged 91)|
|Place of birth||Berlin|
|Place of death||Bad Homburg|
|Years of service||1934–1945|
|Commands held||Panzer-Abteilung 503|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
|Other work||CEO of Hardy-Bank|
Clemens-Heinrich Graf von Kageneck[Notes 1](17 October 1913 – 18 March 2005) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded Panzer-Abteilung 503. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Graf von Kageneck was born in Berlin, the oldest of four sons of Generalmajor Karl Graf von Kageneck and Freiin Maria von Schorlemer, daughter of Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer, an Imperial Secretary of Agriculture. His brothers included:
- Franz Joseph Graf von Kageneck (1915–1941)
- Erbo Graf von Kageneck (1918–1942), Luftwaffe pilot who was credited with 67 victories
- August Graf von Kageneck (1922–2004), journalist and writer
He married Countess Caroline Henckel von Donnersmarck in 1944. The children are:
- Marie-Elisabeth Gräfin von Kageneck (born 1945)
- ∞ Franz Graf von Meran
- Beatrix Gräfin von Kageneck (born 1946)
- Karl-Erbo Graf von Kageneck (born 1947)
- ∞ Theresia Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
- Christine Gräfin von Kageneck (born 1949)
- Vinzenz Graf von Kageneck (born 1950)
- ∞ Anne Gräfin von Plauen (born 1968)
- Hans Goso Graf von Kageneck (born 1951)
- Thomas Graf von Kageneck (born 1952, died 1977)
Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (26 September 1939)
- 1st Class (3 July 1941)
- Wound Badge
- in Black
- in Silver
- Eastern Front Medal
- German Cross in Gold (28 November 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Regarding personal names: Graf was a title, before 1919, but now is regarded as part of the surname. It is translated as Count. Before the August 1919 abolition of nobility as a separate estate, titles preceded the full name when given (Prinz Otto von Bismarck). After 1919, these titles, along with any nobiliary prefix (von, zu, etc.), could be used, but were regarded as part of the surname, and thus came after a first name (Otto Prinz von Bismarck). The feminine form is Gräfin.
References[edit | edit source]
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 204.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 72.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). 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]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.