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.



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



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


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. 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 (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. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
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