The commander of the III. (Germ.) Panzerkorps, SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Felix Steiner presents the Knight’s Cross, the highest award made by Germany to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or outstanding military leadership, to Estonian SS-Obersturmbannführer Harald Riipalu, born 13 February 1912 in St. Petersburg. Knight’s Cross awarded on 23 August 1944.
Harald Nugiseks of the 1st company of the SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiment of the 20th Estonian SS volunteer division.
21 April '41: Rommel awarded with the Italian Medal for bravery in silver. Few Panzer III Tropen in the foreground. Rommel's leadership of German and Italian forces in the North African campaign established him as one of the most able commanders of the war, and earned him the appellation of the Desert Fox. He is regarded as one of the most skilled commanders of desert warfare in the conflict.
Das Reich award ceremony - Kharkov, Ukraine, 20 April 1943.- From left: SS-Gruf Walter Krüger (Kdr SS-PGD Das Reich), Otto Kumm, Christian Tychsen, Karl-Heinz Worthmann, Sylvester Stadler, Vinzenz Kaiser and Hans Weiss.
■ SS-Unterscharführer Harald Nugiseks (centro) junto a dos Oficiales (SS-Untersturmführer ambos) de la división estonia 20.Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (estnische Nr 1)
Waffen SS foreign volunteers are decorated with the Iron Cross, 2nd class, somewhere on the Eastern Front, 1943. The Waffen SS, unlike the regular army, did not hesitate to award honors to their fighting men with the simple recommendation from a commanding officer and, usually, the corroboration of two witnesses.
TRAITORS OF THE RUSSIAN LAND.Volunteers Latvian SS Division