|Born||20 June 1896|
|Died||26 August 1944(aged 48)|
|Place of birth||Berlin|
|Place of death||Berlin|
|Years of service||1939–45|
|Unit||3rd Panzer Division|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Gustav-Albrecht Schmidt-Ott (20 June 1896 – 26 August 1944) was a German tank commander and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
During the second battle of Kharkov Oberstleutnant Schmidt-Ott was commander of Panzer-Regiment 6, the armoured regiment of the 3rd Panzer Division. In the first part of the battle the Russians had made major advances, cutting off the German Infanterie-Regiment 429 in the city of Ternowaja. The first German relief force, containing elements of the 23rd Panzer Division, succeeded in linking up with the defenders but was itself cut off following Russian counterattacks. It was not until 20 May that the Germans were able to try a second time. Schmidt-Ott’s kampfgruppe spearheaded the attack, capturing Hill 219.7 that was just outside Ternowaja. Despite being driven back that night, the kampfgruppe renewed the assault the next morning and established contact with the encircled units at 1005 hours. For commanding the decisive effort in the relief of Ternowaja Schmidt-Ott received the Knight’s Cross.
Awards & decorations
- Iron Cross
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 7 October 1942 as Führer Pz.Rgt. 6
- German Cross in Gold on 18 October 1941 as Kommandeur I./Pz.Rgt. 6
- Panzer Badge
- Veterans of the 3rd Panzer Division (2012). Armoured Bears: Volume Two. Stackpole Books. p. 17-23.
- 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.