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Hans-Gotthard Pestke


Hans-Gotthard Pestke

Hans-Gotthard Pestke
Born (1914-06-17)17 June 1914
Died 30 April 2001(2001-04-30) (aged 86)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935–45
Rank Oberst
Commands held I./Grenadier-Regiment 176

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hans-Gotthard Pestke (17 June 1914 – 30 April 2001) 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 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. Hans-Gotthard Pestke was captured by British troops in May 1945 and was released in 1947. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr and served until 1972.


  • Awards and decorations 1
  • References 2
    • Citations 2.1
    • Bibliography 2.2
  • External links 3

Awards and decorations



  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 146.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 273.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 63.


External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
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