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Gerhard Simons

Gerhard Simons
Born (1921-02-05) 5 February 1921
Königsberg, Eastern Prussia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1940–45
Rank Hauptmann of the Reserves
Unit 170th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Relations Walter Simons (grandfather)
Hans Simons (father)
Other work OECD

Gerhard Simons (born 5 February 1921) is an officer who served in the German army during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (medals recognising extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership). His grandfather, Walter Simons, was a German lawyer and politician who served as Foreign Minister of the Weimar Republic in 1920–21. His father, Hans Simons, a lawyer and later professor of political science at The New School, emigrated to the United States following the Machtergreifung, the Nazi seizure of power in 1933.


  • Awards 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
    • Citations 3.1
    • Bibliography 3.2
  • External links 4


  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (17 May 1942)[1]
    • 1st Class (20 March 1943)[1]
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 29 February 1944 as Oberleutnant of the Reserves in the Regiments-Nachrichten-Zug/Artillerie-Regiment 240[2][Note 1]
    • 547th Oak Leaves on 11 August 1944 as Oberleutnant of the Reserves and leader of Stabs-Batterie/Artillerie-Regiment 240 and Regiments-Nachrichtenoffizier[3][4]


  1. ^ According to Scherzer as Zugführer (platoon leader) in the Nachrichten-Zug/Artillerie-Regiment 240.[3]



  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 327.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 401.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 707.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 86.


  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Hambuger Klönschnack
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