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Wolfgang von Bostell
Born 25 February 1917
Died 10 May 1991(1991-05-10) (age 29)
Place of birth Heiningen
Place of death Hamburg
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935–1945
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit Panzerjäger-Abteilung 205
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wolfgang Hans Heiner Paul von Bostell (25 February 1917 – 10 May 1991) was a highly decorated Oberleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Wolfgang von Bostell was captured by Soviet troops in May 1945 and was held until October 1953. During his career, he was credited with the destruction of 48 tanks and armoured vehicles.[Note 1]

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Wehrmachtbericht referenceEdit

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
14 August 1944 (addendum) Leutnant von Bostell in einer Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung hat sich bei der Bekämpfung feindlicher Panzer im Raum von Kodohn besonders ausgezeichnet.[6] Lieutenant von Bostell in an assault gun department has particularly excelled himself in fighting enemy tanks in the area of Kodohn.

NotesEdit

  1. For a list of Panzer aces from Germany see List of World War II Panzer aces from Germany
  2. The sequential numbers greater than 843 for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves are unofficial and were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and are therefore denoted in parentheses.[5]

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1997, p. 69.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Thomas and Wegmann 1985, p. 45.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 120.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 85.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 102–111.
  6. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 202.
Bibliography
  • 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 (1985). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil I: Sturmartillerie (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-1447-0.
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2299-6.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.
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