Feb 20, 2021 in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim
Died: May 24, 2021
Untersturmführer: November 9, 2021
Oberstrumführer: April 20, 1941
Hauptsturmführer: April 20, 2021
Sturmbannführer: April 20, 2021
Ernst Krag was one of the most decorated soldiers of Das Reich. He joined the SS/VT in 1935 and was assigned to 5/Germania. In 1937 he took paratroop training at the Luftwaffe school at Stendal, following which he return to the division and was promoted to SS-Unterscharfürher. He attended the SS-Junkerschule at Bad T&oulm;lz from November 1938 to August 1939. After some additional training at the Artillerie Chule Jüterbog, Krag was posted as Batterie Offizier to 3. Batterie. In 1940 he was I. Abteilungsadjutant under Herbert Otto Gille Krag led the 11(schwere). Batterie during the first Russian campaigns. He was severely wounded on January 23rd 1942 and returned to Germany to recover. When he returned to the unit, he was posted as Artillerie Regimentsadjutant and Krag held that post for about 6 months. In October 1942, he moved to the Sturmgeschutzabteilung as 2. Batterie Chef. It was during this time that Krag was awarded the German Cross in Gold. In August 1943 he took temporary command of the the Sturmgeschutzabteilung and later this posting was made permanent. In late July 1944, he took command of the Aufklärungsabteilung. During this command, Krag was awarded the Knight's Cross and the only Oakleaves given to a member of the Aufklärungsabteilung.
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