|Maximilian Richard Hans Christoph Werner Freiherr von Beschwitz|
|Born||January 19, 1915|
|Died||25 May 2011(aged 96)|
|Place of birth||Dresden|
Nazi Germany (to 1945)|
|Years of service||
|Commands held||schwere Panzer-Abteilung 505|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Maximilian Richard Hans Christoph Werner Freiherr von Beschwitz[a] (19 January 1915 – 25 May 2011) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II and an Oberst (colonel) in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Beschwitz joined the postwar Bundeswehr in 1956 and retired in 1973 as an Oberst.
Awards and decorations
- Anschluss Medal (8 November 1938)
- Sudetenland Medal (25 October 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (22 September 1939)
- 1st Class (27 May 1940)
- Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black (9 November 1943)
- Panzer Badge
- in Silver (24 June 1940)
- in II Class (10 December 1943)
- in III Class (5 December 1944)
- Eastern Front Medal (30 July 1942)
- German Cross in Gold (15 December 1941)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 July 1944 as Major and commander of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 505
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939–1945 German Knight's Cross holders (Ritterkreuz) (in German) Retrieved 18 September 2010
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 111.
- 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.
- 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.