|Born||19 August 1913|
|Died||15 May 1992(aged 78)|
|Place of birth||Magdeburg|
|Place of death||Ludwigshafen|
|Years of service||1934–1945|
|Commands held||I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 33|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
|Other work||Police officer|
Kurt Schäfer (19 August 1913 – 15 May 1992) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was also awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold—one of only 631 awards.
Awards and decorations
- War Merit Cross with Swords
- 2nd Class (29 July 1940)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (11 November 1941)
- 1st Class (31 January 1942)
- Wound Badge
- in Black (26 October 1941)
- in Silver (7 August 1943)
- in Gold (29 October 1943)
- Panzer Badge in Bronze
- Honour Roll Clasp of the Army (18 February 1944)
- Eastern Front Medal (1 August 1942)
- Close Combat Clasp
- German Cross in Gold (21 February 1944)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 12 August 1944 as Hauptmann and leader of the I./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 33
- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht (3 August 1944)
- Berger 2004, p. 452.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 303.
- Fellgiebel, Walther–Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun–Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
- Berger, Florian (2004). Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold. Selbstverlag Florian Berger ISBN 3-9501307-3-X.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer–Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.