(1920-02-17)17 February 1920|
31 August 1944(1944-08-31) (aged 24)|
|Years of service||1940–45|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Gerhard Kunert (17 February 1920 – 31 August 1944) was a highly decorated Unteroffizier 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. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves after being killed in heavy fighting in the city of Jelgava.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1939)
- Wound Badge
- in Black
- Panzer Badge
- Eastern Front Medal
- Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) . Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
- 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. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6.
1 Knight's Cross with the 29th Infantry Division. 2 Oak Leaves, Swords with 3rd Panzer Army. 3 Diamonds with the AOK Ostpreußen. 4 Oak Leaves with the 14th Infantry Division 5 Oak Leaves with the 3rd Panzer Division, Swords with the III Panzer Corps. 7 Oak Leaves with 11th Panzer Division. 8 Oak Leaves with the 26th Panzer Division. 9 Knight's Cross with 10th Panzer Division, Swords and Diamonds with the 7th Panzer Division. 10 Oak Leaves with 12th Panzer Division. 11 Oak Leaves with 14th Panzer Division, Swords with 5th Panzer Division.