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Ulrich Freiherr von Canstein
Born (1906-06-16)16 June 1906
Died 10 August 1991(1991-08-10) (aged 85)
Place of birth Dortmund
Place of death Munich
Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1925–1945
Rank Oberst (Wehrmacht)
Oberst der Reserve (Bundeswehr)
Commands held Reiter-Regiment 41

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Ulrich Maria Freiherr von Canstein[a] (16 June 1906 – 10 August 1991) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Ulrich Freiherr von Canstein was captured by British troops in May 1945 and later joined the Bundeswehr.

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Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The female forms are Freifrau and Freiin.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 129.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • 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.
  • Thomas, Franz and Wegmann, Günter (1998). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil III: Infanterie Band 4: C–Dow (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2534-0.

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