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Hans Kratzenberg
Born (1890-10-09)9 October 1890
Died 24 January 1976(1976-01-24) (aged 85)
Place of birth Wenzlow
Place of death Bad Oldesloe
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Hauptmann
Unit 3rd Panzer Division

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans Kratzenberg (9 October 1890 – 1 January 1976) was a German infantry 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.


Major Kratzenberg commanded III./Schützen-Regiment 3 during the battle of France. When the regiment was assigned the mission of breaking through the fortified Dyle position on 15 May 1940, his battalion played a crucial role in the penetration of this position. For his skillful leadership in this battle he would be awarded the Knight’s Cross. [1]

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  1. Veterans of the 3rd Panzer Division (2012). Armoured Bears: Volume One. Stackpole Books. p. 66-72.


  • 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.