SS-Gruppenführer Paul Hausser, commander of the Das Reich Division, presents the Knight’s Cross to SS-Untersturmführer Ludwig Kepplinger in September 1940. Kepplinger was a company commander in Regiment Der Führer of the Das Reich Division at the time, and was awarded the coveted decoration for his bravery during the assault on the Dutch fort of Westervoort on 10 May 1940. Kepplinger and two of his men neutralised the key enemy strongpoint and managed to break through and proceed with the advance after capturing more than 90 soldiers of the Dutch garrison. Thirty more prisoners were capture later on the same day. He has been shot several times once in the hand, twice in the upper thigh and twice in the lower abdomen during the attacks on Dutch bunkers and fortified positions.
SS-Obersturmführer Helmut Scholz photographed in 1944, earned first the Knight’s Cross and then the Oak Leaves as a company and later battalion commander with SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 De Ruyter of the 23. SS Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier Division Nederland (niederlandische Nr 1).
The Danish Knight’s Cross winner SS-Obersturmführer Søren Kam photographed after the presentation of the award. Kam, a veteran of the Wiking Division, won the Knight’s Cross for bravery during the Wiking’s battles in Poland’s ‘Wet Triangle’ in front of Warsaw, and was personally presented by Hitler in February 1945, thus becoming one of the three Danes to receive this award.
Hauptmann Erich Löwe photographed in autumn of 1940 after he was decorated with the Knight’s Cross for his action during the Battle of France as Chef of 3./Panzer-Abteilung 65 which was assigned to the 6. Panzer-Division. He will become the commander of the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501 in September 1943. Löwe went missing after he was forced to change tanks when his own was knocked out during a counterattack in Vitebsk area on 23 December 1943. He was posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant and awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross on 8 February 1944.